Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Complications of T
Author: Bey Deckard
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 16,000 words
Publisher: Bey Deckard
Release Date: August 20, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Stuart Leandro knows he’s washed up, both on the big screen, and in his marriage. Then, when things take an even bigger turn for the worse one night, he winds up blind drunk and lost in a foreign city.
Thankfully, someone’s there to rescue him before his face ends up plastered all over the tabloids.
Wary of the motives of the reclusive stranger who brings the fading star into the quiet shelter of a hip but isolated loft, Stuart nonetheless can’t deny his curiosity… Or his attraction. Tim is unlike anyone the actor has ever met, but underneath the mystery and quiet attempts at invisibility, Stuart discovers someone whose life has been intertwined with his own for years.
Neither could have predicted that Tim’s act of kindness would lead to one of the most intense encounters of their lives—but, are they willing to weather the media storm their extraordinary relationship will cause?
Review: This was a really sweet story about discovery, acceptance and love. It features a trans man as one of the MCs, which I found to be the most interesting and best part of the story. The gorgeous cover and clever title tie in to this story perfectly.
Complicated Tim is such a sweet guy who is best known for his work as a film critic. This has allowed him to keep a rather low profile, private life. When he happens to be in the right place at the time when fairly well-known actor, Stuart, is in the precarious position of a potential public career mishap, Tim steps in and helps Stuart out.
Stuart is in a rather bad place in that his career has been rather lackluster of late, his wife wants to split and he just seems really needs a break from it all. He gets that reprieve when Tim helps him and offers him a place and some time to help with his problems.
Over the week or so they spend together in Tim’s apartment, they get to know one another. Rather quickly, Stuart learns about Tim, and his open mind and caring personality allow his other feelings to grow. They fall in love rather quickly, but Tim isn’t ready to give up the life he has built for himself to just fly off to another country for some guy. They agree to a three-month split to give them time to know for sure if things are real and for Stuart to get his own life in better order.
As with all of Bey’s stories, this one sucked me right in. His ability to make me enjoy and even love stories that I normally wouldn’t look twice at says a lot about his skills as a writer and definitely makes him an auto read for me every time. Of course, I wish there was more to this story – short stories that are written well often leave me with that feeling. I wanted a bit more back story on Tim and his struggles, but overall, this was a very well-rounded tale with a wonderful happy ending that I highly recommend people give a try.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*