Author: Ken Bachtold
Reviewed by: Connie
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781623807160
Dustin “Dusty” Rhoades isn’t looking for a relationship. He’s tried them before, with disastrous results, and decided he’s better off on his own. So he focuses on his professional life as a landscape architect.
Cliff Benson is convinced he can’t have the relationship he wants. His father is as homophobic as he is wealthy, and has made it perfectly clear he expects Cliff to get married. Dutifully, Cliff proposes to society girl Alyson, works in his father’s law firm, and accepts that he has nowhere to turn.
When Dusty meets Cliff at his engagement party, the attraction is strong and instantaneous, but when Dusty admits his feelings, Cliff backs off. Dusty suggests they proceed as friends, but they are too drawn to each other. Just as they both finally agree they want more, Alyson’s suspicious brother outs them, risking everything Dusty has worked for.
I am very sad to report that this book didn’t work for me at all.
It is very hard to write a review about a book you couldn’t relate to, but I will try and explain what went wrong and why this book wasn’t for me.
It was going well for the first quarter of the book, then it all went downhill.
We have Dustin, a normal guy who has a very spot-on gaydar. When his sister asks him to “scan” her new boyfriend for her Dustin finds himself in a very posh engagement party.
One look at the man coming down the stairs, sparks flying, tunnel vision and BOOM! we are in love.
First thing that doesn´t work, insta love. And I am talking “I want to be with you forever, I love you” on page… well it was on the 33% mark of the book.
And guess what? The object of Dustin´s affection is Cliff, the soon to be groom.
So we have the book plot exposed during the first third of the book, and nothing moved forward.
We went back and forth with this issue all through the book.
One redeeming quality was Maggie, Cliff´s aunt, who had the only bit of interesting background story to share, and I actually thought that that was going to play a more crucial part in this book, but the author didn’t see the same potential to develop that particular sub-plot.
They find a way to get to know each other, with a little help from Maggie, but it´s high school silly. These are not teenage boys, they are supposed to be adults, but the flirting, the relationship development felt like 14yo girls.
Soon we have Cliff breaking off the engagement with Allyson, and I get it she is upset but all the name calling put me off the story again. Was out of place, it felt like it was cut & paste from something else. And when she had reason to be upset and throw a tantrum, she just vanishes… we don’t know what happens to her, one moment she is there screaming the next she is gone, like a ghost, and nobody asks where she went.
Eventually after six weeks of courtship they get to spend the night together, yes, six weeks of nothing but kisses and hand holding.
I don’t mind a book without sex, sex is not why I read romance but if you are not going to give me sex, then give me plot, character development… give me something!
So, all in all, Seeing the Same Blue was not the book for me.
The two hearts are for Maggie, and for the effort in the NYC landmarks descriptions and the bits and pieces of information on gardening, gardens and the rest. Shows that there was some research on the author´s part.