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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Gritty Gay Romance with a Definite Plot and a Masculine Feel

    I'm totally loving James Buchanan lately. Everything I've read from her is just great, and "The Good Thief" is no exception.

    This story centers on a cop and a thief who initially meet and hook up without knowing the other's profession. Once they figure it out, they try to avoid each other like the plague, but (obviously) do not succeed. They are in fact forced together after the thief uncovers some damning evidence during a burglary and then decides to bring it to the cop's attention. As a result, they are both swept into a bigger investigation, with big players and dangerous consequences. Drama and suspense ensues.

    So what makes James Buchanan's writing so great? First, her novels contain what I think to be an almost perfect ratio of plot and sex for what I'm looking for in an erotic gay romance. The sex is hot, a little rough, and plentiful enough to satisfy your erotic cravings without becoming repetitive or overpowering the story-line. The plot is solid and developed, capturing the reader's attention and keeping it until the end.

    But of course we can't forget about the romance, and Buchanan never does, keeping the characters and their relationship front and center. What's special about the romantic component of this novel (and Buchanan's work in general) is its refreshingly masculine feel. The characters are very normal, down-to-earth guys - the kind of men who drink beer, wear flannel, own a dog, and have two pieces of crappy furniture in their living rooms. Good looking, yes, but with manly attitudes, everyday speech, and blue-collar vocations. No one is professing his undying love, or treating his man like a delicate china doll, or whispering sweet nothings in his boyfriend's ear. And thank goodness for that, because it makes for a romance that develops a little more subtly, reluctantly, and perhaps more realistically.

    As usual, James Buchanan has excelled at writing a piece of quality homoerotic fiction, or what I would describe as "gritty gay romance with a definite plot and a masculine feel." It's certainly very different (in a good way) from the typical gay romance novel, and that is exactly why I will keep coming back for more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    Very good novel. Great characters and good plot. I wish that t

    Very good novel. Great characters and good plot.

    I wish that the novel was longer and played more to the criminal aspect of the book. Otherwise the sex was good and the characters were very likeable.

    I HOPE that there will be a a sequel. I will definitely purchase the sequel in paperback when/if it's published.

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