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While investigating Joe's enigmatic girlfriend Candice, Aaron meets Bo, an out-and-proud, easygoing waiter, causing unfamiliar and confusing emotions to flutter to life. Caught up in the middle of Candice's clandestine ...
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While investigating Joe's enigmatic girlfriend Candice, Aaron meets Bo, an out-and-proud, easygoing waiter, causing unfamiliar and confusing emotions to flutter to life. Caught up in the middle of Candice's clandestine activities, with Bo gently nudging him out of the closet along the way, Aaron will have to review everything he thought he knew about himself as he tries to make sense of his feelings for Bo.
Posted September 9, 2010
Firstly, let me state that if you are looking for an erotic book, then this one is not the one.
If you are looking for a fun, amusing and entertaining story of coming out, friendship and betrayal, then this book is a must read.
Aaron is a guy that appeals to the boy in all of us - he is the new everyday gay man. As the story progresses he has to come to terms with the fact that he is attracted to Bo, a waiter with a delicious irish accent. What brings them together is Candice, Aaron's best friends grlfriend.
Candice has some severe issues of her own to deal with and many people who have read the book rated it badly because they said they could not stand her - in my opinion, the fact that the author created a character that caused such intense emotions in people is a credit to his ability.
Timothy Owen is a great writer, his characters are 3 dimensional and his plot is fun and entertaining.
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Posted September 28, 2010
"Aaron Bradley: Closet Detective" seems to have been advertised primarily as a "gay romance novel". However, this book, written by newcomer Timothy Owen, will appeal to a much wider audience and should not, in my opinion, be just limited to this "target readership".
In fact in many ways the "romantic focus" of the novel is more on the straight couple, Candice and Joe, than on the gay couple, Aaron and Bo. Be that as it may, I believe that there is a little bit of something for everyone - including a mystery, suspense, good old fashioned greed and - yes - a little bit of romance.
The plot unfolds around 4 main characters - Aaron, Joe, Candice and Bo - although, at times, it is hard to establish who the central protagonist is. The title suggests it is Aaron - a twenty-something South African who, despite being an orphan, has grown up in privileged circumstances. However, as the story progresses, we meet Joe - Aaron's long-standing friend who is a successful public prosecutor, Candice - Joe's girlfriend and apparent philanthropist-come-cat-burglar, and Bo - a charming and "openly gay" waiter who is instrumental in helping Aaron to acknowledge his true sexuality.
Without ruining the plot, the story revolves primarily around Candice's secret life which is the trigger for Aaron's fledgling detective activities. It is also the main catalyst for his meeting Bo - who will be instrumental in guiding him through the rite of passage that is his "coming out of the closet".
The storyline is well thought through with some clever twists and sub-plots, although many readers may not like the ending. The ending of the book is quite open ended which, whilst it might frustrate some readers, could also provide a perfect opportunity for the author, Timothy Owen, to continue this story in a second instalment.
Favourite scene: The show-down between a husband and wife who have ostensibly become the targets of Candice's illegal activities showing that, once again, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!