No Tea, No Shade by Clancy Nacht
When Hank’s father catches him in a not-so-innocent childhood embrace with the neighbor Hank’s older brothers refer to as “Ladyboy Lindsey,” he forbids Hank ever to see his best friend again and sends Lindsey home in tears. Later, despite landing on opposite ends of the social and sexual spectrum in high school, neither can forget the boy who gave him his first kiss. While Hank becomes a sports star and bully, Lindsey throws himself into an elaborate sexual game played from afar for Hank’s benefit. When Hank’s football scholarship takes him away to college, their tenuous bond seems severed for good.
After Lindsey finds his calling as drag diva Miss Anne Thrope, embracing both his male identity and the natural androgyny of his intersex body, he’s finally in control of his world…until the night his first love disrupts Miss Anne’s show after a decade of silence. Hank’s dysfunctional behavior, crazy father, and their bittersweet history together threaten to destroy their fragile new romance before it’s truly begun. Should they let go of the past, or is this unique love one worth saving?
This is a story of two childhood friends that are forced by one’s father to part but never really “closed” the relationship. Lindsey is a drag queen and quite happy with the life he leads. He had no ambitions in school and loves to dress up. Hank was Lindsey’s best friend in childhood but when Hank’s Dad catches them in a compromising situation he bands them from ever playing together any more. Hank stalks Lindsey throughout high school with Lindsey’s full knowledge. All of that ends though when Hank goes away to college and the two part ways. Now Hank has returned and they beginning seeing each other.
This was an interesting read. I really didn’t connect to the characters. Hank went from totally jerk to fool in love. I just thought his character a bit wish-washy. Lindsey’s character was more even keeled. The two of them fit together though and the story was cute.
Now the writing itself was not as well executed as it should have been. I enjoyed the descriptions. The plot was good and could have made a really good book. I think the author just crammed too much into too little. The characters aren’t developed enough. The critical points aren’t well developed. They skim over everything and then develop “easy” solutions. There isn’t the growth of the story that could turn the book into an excellent read. It makes the story too soft but without the mushy feel that make “soft” books comfort reads.
Overall it was an ok read but really missed the mark on execution of the plot. The book itself is a nice read.
Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, TJ, Two Roses and tagged Clancy Nacht, Loose ID, M/M Romance, Novella, Two Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.