Review: George Loveland – On The Third Kiss

Author: George Loveland
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Lovebow Publishing
Genre: Mm Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Sebastian Bennett is really looking forward to his Christmas holiday with boyfriend Elliot Bolton in the Gran Canarian sun. The only thing left is for him to sing one last song at the pub as his Drag Queen alter-ego, Donna Tracey. After the wig, make-up and dress come off, he rushes home to pack, only to find he and his chihuahua, Buster, have been deserted by Elliot, who’s taken someone else to Gran Canaria. Devastated, Sebastian turns to his friend and the pub’s manager, Javier Reyes-Martinez, who helps him pick up the pieces.

Javier seems determined to bring fun and laughter back into Sebastian’s life during this holiday season, and Sebastian is both grateful and enchanted. After a family Christmas and a word of advice from his great-uncle, Sebastian starts to look at Javier in a different light. Is Javier as fond of Sebastian as he appears, or is Sebastian being misled by his own need? If he’s reading the signs right—and if he’s ready to move on from his previous heartbreak—could he and Javier be much more than friends?
Review: Donna Tracy is a headliner at the club, confident and sexy. Her alter ego, Sebastian, is sweet and ready for a vacation to Gran Canaria with his boyfriend, Elliott. Except when he gets home all he finds is his dog, Buster, and a note explaining that he is now single and the vacation trip of his dreams is happening with Elliott and his new squeeze. Scumbag!

Things get worse though, when Elliott pushes douchiness into a whole new realm. I’m not sure how Sebastian didn’t see signs of how bad Elliott is or if he was love blinded. Luckily for Sebastian, the manager of the club, Javier, is there to be a friend to both Donna and Sebastian. Javier is lovely.

I found Elliott’s actions repulsive, but also stupid. If he was really after money, he was going about it the wrong way. I wanted Sebastian to get to slap him, if nothing else. But Sebastian had Javier to lean on, as well as his mom who is awesome in her own right. Donna’s drag mother, Belle, is a wealth of knowledge. Or at least common sense and talks some into Sebastian. The introductions at Boxing Day at the club made me laugh.

This is a case of not seeing what is right in front of you, or maybe be distracted by the shiny and missing the best while wading through the garbage of your past.

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