Reviewed by Ami
Title: Andre in Flight
Author: Laura Lascarso
Heroes: Martin Fonseca/Andre Bellamy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 116 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When up-and-coming Miami painter Martin Fonseca encounters youthful pretty boy Andre Bellamy washing dishes in the kitchen of La Candela, he swears he’s known him before, intimately. But Andre only arrived in Miami weeks ago, after running away from small-town Alabama and his abusive father. When Martin discovers Andre trading sexual favors for a place to stay, he offers him a room in his studio apartment. As roommates only.
What starts as a playful friendship turns into something more as Andre begins posing for Martin, whose true passion is painting fantastical portraits. Martin’s obsession with Andre grows until they are sharing more than just flirtatious conversation. But when an eccentric art collector buys one of Martin’s paintings, Martin’s past jealousies resurface and threaten to destroy what he and Andre have so lovingly built.
I had a problem with the dishwasher: I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Laura Lascarso is a new-to-me author and with this novella, I found that I loved her writing style. The way Lascarso wrote about Martin’s fascination with Andre, the paintings he creates … they just came alive off the pages. It has a melodious quality to it. I saw on her website that she also writes poetry, so it might have been a factor. In any case, this book compelled me.
I wasn’t sure that Martin’s love and devotion towards Andre was healthy at first. However, I was happy that Andre was able to stand on his own two feet, worked on his own life without having to rely on Martin.
I am not going to say a lot more at this time. There is a mystery flair and a rather surprise element to Andre’s identity, and anything I write will further spoil the story. I guess one just has to read it for themselves to savor the moment of surprise.
Personally, I thought it made Andre in Flight slightly different than my usual contemporary read. For sure, this will be a memorable story for me. That’s not an easy feature to accomplish considering that I read hundreds of stories each year and probably forget the details to most of them within days.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*