Gay All Year
Author: Richard May
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 17, 2020
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 265
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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I like the format of this novel - one short story for each month of the year, sometimes highlighting a holiday or event during that month. For example, for March the story includes the Pi Bar, where their $7.22 special is good until 6:28. May is Mother's Day, there's surfing during July, October features a disturbing Columbus Day / Disaster Day and there's a very festive kinky Hanukkah.
The writing style is all over the place, in my opinion, with some very lyrical phrases mixed with others like "his tongue probing my dental work" or "I took notes on the rotation of his ass in slacks otherwise loose through the leg." Occasionally, phrases read as if they had been translated into English. The stories are a bit too short for any character development or depth, often have tangents that go nowhere, and the October vignette felt particularly mean-spirited to me.
I like the concept but the stories did not always deliver. 2.5 stars, and as always, "your mileage may vary."
I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.