Book Review: Swimmer by Louis J. Harris

Reviewed by JustJen

1Title: Swimmer
Author: Louis J. Harris
Heroes: Basil/Will
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 14,000 Words
Publisher: Louis J. Harris
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Available at: Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When a man loses the love of his life, he has various options. He can find another, he can find himself, and he can also become reclusive, or he can drown in a cloud of guilt. Basil chooses the latter. Four years previously his lover left him without a note, without so much as a telephone call. He decided then that he will pursue his dream of becoming a renowned artist, and to hell with love. He isn’t looking for a man. And then he meets the Swimmer. Even though he’s not looking, the Swimmer knows that only one thing can save save Basil from himself. True love. Will Basil find it? Will the Swimmer give it? A story of love, loss and above all, hope. He can love himself. Invest in material things that can’t hurt him.

Will is a young Olympian whose soul has been places, a wise person beyond his years. A man who will fill the void Basil left behind four years ago. It won’t be easy, for there is a price to pay, and once paid, will they be able to move on with their lives, together?

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Review:  This is a rather sweet story about a guy looking for more than a one-night stand.  Basil is somewhat of a recluse, living by himself in a house on the beach after his boyfriend walked out on him without so much as a word.  He has closed himself off from the world spending his time enjoying the beach and painting.

One day, he notices a man swimming in the ocean.  He watches the man day after day until finally making a move to meet him.  After performing some research, Basil learns that his new interest is Olympic swimmer, William.  Will prefers to train in the ocean, much to the chagrin of his coach.

The two share an immediate attraction, but Basil refuses to take things further, as he is not looking for a one-night stand.  He fears doing so will only end up with Will walking away, so they continue to get to know one another instead.

My biggest issue with this story was the writing style.  By the end, I still don’t think I was quite used to it.  It has almost a poetic feel to it, but it is written in second person, past tense, I believe, which continually threw me off an had me rereading to understand it correctly.

“By this time, you’re both whispering, standing an inch away from each other’s noses. 
Your lips meet.  The taste of wine in his mouth.  You kiss him over and over again…”

Every time it said “you’re,” I thought he was talking about the other character and had to backtrack to read it right.  I believe an unfortunate side affect of this style was that it somewhat distances the reader from the characters.  It prevents you from really feeling a connection with them.

There were a few other niggles, mostly in regards to unanswered questions, about the ex and why he just up and left, and why he just showed back up when he did, as well as behavior surrounding the accident.  I expected Basil to have a bit more of a harder time with his resulting disability.

This is a short story, but there is a bit of a slow burn to their relationship.  The few smexy times are well written and steamy.  I enjoyed watching Basil and Will taking things slowly but was really happy when they were a bit further along in their relationship.  I will definitely be giving Mr. Harris another look and would love to see something in a more traditional style.

Overall Impression:  It was good

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Debut Authors, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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