Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Speaking of Dreams
Author: Stephen Osborne
Heroes: Frank Hunter/Donny Rodriguez
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When it’s meant to be, it’s useless to fight it.
Four years ago a drowning accident brutally ripped Jason out of artist Frank Hunter’s life. As he celebrates his forty-fifth birthday with his friends, Frank knows his dating life is over. A chance meeting with Donny Rodriquez, however, shakes Frank’s world to its core. Donny is twenty years Frank’s junior, but so full of life and vitality that Frank knows he has to paint the young man. Donny agrees, although he makes his romantic interest in Frank plain. Frank does his best to put Jason and the past behind him, but the memory of his late lover won’t let him go.
Yet Donny sparks something in Frank, and after several disastrous dates with men his own age, Frank ends up back with Donny. Donny soon learns that to win Frank’s heart, he must not only bridge the age gap but find a way to enable Frank to let go of the past.
Review: Frank lost his lover Jason almost 5 years ago and he still hasn’t gotten over him. He’s built a shrine to him in his bedroom and isn’t “ready” to date – despite the fact that he’s growing older and more lonely. It’s his 45th birthday and he’s just been hit on by the gorgeous young Donny and maybe – just maybe has a renewed spark in dating again.
Frank is convinced Donny is too young, that he’s too mired in Jason to date anyone, that if he’s going to date it should be someone his own age… he’s full of excuses. Donny won’t let him be. Through dogged persistence Donny wears Frank down and eventually they do date.
But… it’s going to take a lot for Frank to move on. The question is will Donny stick around for the work?
I was nervous about this book. Pining. I don’t like pining. But I love older MCs and age gaps so…
As it turns out , I’m glad I took the chance!
This book is funny and clever and unique. Donny is a great character – in fact I wish we’d seen more of him, he quite stole the show. Frank’s life unfolds through a series of dreams (hence the name) that involve celebrities and strange psychology and eventually help him heal from Jason’s death. It was a unique way to bridge the gap between the old lover and the new.
There are some hysterical and interesting secondary characters – the drag queen Hetty Sexual and aunt Rhonda and the serial dating Shawn.
There are some hot smexy times and a really touching ending.
I loved this book very much and look forward to reading more by this author.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*