Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan
Kevin Morrison had it all. A house he worked hard for, a loving wife, and three beautiful children. But it wasn’t until his marriage ended that he realized what the void he’d felt almost all his life meant. Coming out as a gay man at thirty-six is not an easy feat, but he is determined to be true to his heart. Meeting a man who shares his values, and is good with his children would be a bonus, but when the guy arrives in a uniquely wrapped package, and has very specific handling instructions, Kevin needs to decide if he’s up for that kind of love.
Obsessed with order and symmetry, and a paralyzing fear of germs, Cedric Haughton-Disley has lived with isolation and loneliness as long as he can remember. Desperate to be normal, he makes some much-needed changes in his life. If he can commit to his treatment, he might very well be able to procure some quality of life… even if that’s all he can get, as finding love and having a relationship are only possible in Cedric’s wildest dreams. But when a chance encounter leaves Cedric wishing for more, he decides to take a leap of faith, and pursue the guy he wants.
Together the two men make an unlikely match. Cedric needs organization, and Kevin represents chaos. In order to stay together they both need to compromise, but will they be able to deal with Cedric’s issues and the potential disaster, or let it break them apart?
The storyline in this book is a bit slow. There is a lot of going over the same ground in regards to Cedric’s OCD and germaphobia that at times got to be a bit much. I understand the author’s usage of this in order to portray the character’s illness but it was a bit of overkill.
Now in regards to the storyline, though it moves slowly I enjoyed it. Cedric is an adorable character that you just have so much sympathy for. He is easily relatable for me. Kevin is a bit different. He takes Cedric’s condition a little too easily. Yes, he fights it a bit at first and there is some struggle near the end but he comes out a little too “perfect” for reality. It would have made a bit more sense if struggled to deal more with Cedric’s condition instead of sticking to the sex angle.
The writing was really good for me. I enjoyed the descriptions given and how the author built up the story. Warning Cedric’s character is a bit of a dichotomy. He is rich but dresses often like a “thug”, he has trouble with kids and germs but seems to get along rather well with them, he comes off all aggressive and then all fragile, his speech has American and British slang and usage. I think this actually makes for a more interesting character. Kevin is a bit flatter. I just didn’t get into his character as much. He doesn’t draw me into his life like Cedric does.
Overall it was a fun and sweet read. I think the ending did leave a lot to be desired. When you combine Kevin’s character, the overkill on the illness, and the ending, I have to say I wasn’t as impressed with the read as I hoped. Enjoyable but not a GREAT read.
Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged M/M Romance, MLR Press, Novel, Taylor V. Donovan, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.