J.T.Marie – Matchmaking Mom

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Author: J.T.Marie
Reviewed by: Diane
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781611529517

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

Summary: 

Karen has always suspected her son Brian is gay. When he comes out to her his junior year of high school, she’s happy he has finally embraced his sexuality. He’s a well-rounded student — gets straight A’s, plays all the sports, and has a bright future ahead. But it worries her when he says he’s the only gay kid at his school. Though his best friend knows he’s gay, he doesn’t want to risk coming out to anyone else and losing his popularity.

It breaks Karen’s heart to see him so down. He should be going on dates like other kids his age. A dental assistant for an oral surgeon, Karen decides to subtly look for a good match for her son at work.

But when she discovers a former teammate of Brian’s might be interested, her son gets angry at her for potentially exposing his sexuality. Can Mom make him see she’s only trying to help?

Review: 

A story told from a mother’s point of view when her son comes out to her his junior year of high school, confirming what she has long suspected, she’s happy he has finally embraced his sexuality.  However, he wants to keep it lowkey as he does not think there is anyone else at school who is gay, or at least, not out and as a straight A student who plays all the sports, he doesn’t want to risk coming out to anyone other than his family and his best friend.

Since the story is told from his Mom’s point of view, it breaks her heart to see her son so lonely and she decides to subtly look for a good match for her son at work, since she’s a dental assistant for an oral surgeon and sees pretty much all the kids in town.

Karen has always suspected her son Brian is gay. When he comes out to her his junior year of high school, she’s happy he has finally embraced his sexuality. He’s a well-rounded student — gets straight A’s, plays all the sports, and has a bright future ahead. But it worries her when he says he’s the only gay kid at his school. Though his best , who is a girl and essentially his cover, knows he’s gay, he doesn’t want to risk coming out to anyone else and losing his popularity.

I thought this was a great short story of a supportive family through the journey of a boy into a man – even Dad since Mom had prepared him when she first started to suspect Brian’s sexuality.  While his Mom, Karen, understands her son wanting to keep things just between the family and his bestfriend, she knows he also wishes for the things every kid has – first date, first kiss and so on.  She also believes, working at the dentist office, that she can do some inquiries subtly to see if Brian is right and he is the only kid in town.

You can imagine Brian’s reaction when he finds out (and how would any of us deal with Mom trying to set you up in your junior year?!?), so there is heart in this story, humor, some awkwardness and definitely some sweetness!  It’s an interesting premise because while you understand what is motivating her, you completely understand Brian’s concern and discomfort.  

There were some surprises for Karen when she was trying to find out about people in the dentist’s chair, and it was definitely a happy for now story that I would love to read a sequel to! 

I recommend it for romance readers and parents!

 

 

 

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