I must admit, I am not a fan of M/M romance. I do not actively seek out those titles. However, I will check out certain titles by certain authors, namely A.B Gayle and KevaD.
Disclaimer alert: I am friends with Margie Church. We chat vial e-mail, Face Book and cell phone. Some say we are as thick as thieves.
All true. I enjoy her work and our conversations.
I was also privy to the difficulties Margie experience while writing Hard as Teak. She got a lot of flack for it. All undeserved as it turns out Hard as Teak is rockin it…....HARD.
Second Disclaimer alert: I bought my own copy of Teak. Margie did not solicit, compel, or coerce me with lewd photos (hey, I was young and in college and this nice man came up to me…) or threaten to bludgeon me her open toed sandals if I did not write a review.
The story of Kevin Marks and Teak Hidalgo (love that name) is beautifully told. The sexual coming of age journey Kevin embarks on is realistic without being sappy or flamboyantly over the top.
It also resonates because it starts out with Kevin having sex with his girlfriend Chiyo. It is during this intimate (and hot) act that we see the emotional conflict brewing in Kevin.
Margie Church does not shy away from such turmoil and presents it in not as a mere plot device to engage in a little het-sex action. It is organically germane to the plot.
Here is where Margie Church received her criticisms. How did she have the audacity to break the tried (tired) and true convention of M/M romance by introducing icky hereto-sexual congress and infidelity?
Simply answered- because it happens. Yes, unlike you are one of the Geico rock dwellers, yes, my friends, it does!
Margie breaks the genre conventions and that is what makes her books compelling.
Also, her words, they are poetic, humorous and sexy.
Very sexy. Burning hot.
There is some serious male-male action in the pages of Hard as Teak. Admittedly, I would not like to emulate the sexual activities compellingly described in these pages, but did manage to get the blood flowing!
If you want a poignant sexual coming of age story, with fully textured, compelling characters and poetic words that brilliantly frame not only the rural beauty of the Minnesota wilderness, but the beauty of two people falling in love, while combating inner and outer conflict, then run, not walk to your computer and buy Hard as Teak.