Alex & Claytonby John Simpson
Alex, an ex-military man and former cop, decides to retire to Rehoboth and buys a house
After quiet, closeted years working as a librarian, Clayton decides to quit his job and use his inheritance to buy a small bookstore in the gay-friendly resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It's the beginning of what he hopes will be a new life free of his old repressions.
Alex, an ex-military man and former cop, decides to retire to Rehoboth and buys a house three blocks from the beach. Determined to fill his time with more than chasing hot guys, he visits the local bookstore, where he meets Clayton.
As winter sets in, the town is all but deserted, and Alex and Clayton find themselves together more than apart. Clayton would like a relationship, but his fear of coming out keeps getting in the way. Alex's sex appeal might be enough to convince Clayton to take a chance in the open... but it will take something more to make it happen.
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I really wanted to like this story. It had a great premise, but it was totally lacking in character. I wasn't sure if I was reading a bad term paper or a memo to a government agent. Just no emotion. I got totally lost in the whole timing. It just didn't make sense. Both were born about 1953. Clayton went to college. He would have graduated in 1975. He retired after 20 years. That would be 1995. Then he moved to Delaware, where the Vice-President (from Delaware, I presume) vacationed. That would by Biden, who didn't become Vice-President until 2008. Where did the other 13 years go?? Then they said they were both turning 50, or thereabouts. That would be 2003, not 2008. I just didn't get it. There was a huge gap in the plot...both grew up within a couple miles of each other. The book spent quite a bit of time describing all of their growing up, but this was never tied in. What the heck was that about? The whole thing about the the two other gay guys, Paul and ?. I understand why that was put in, but it was so obvious, it was just crazy. It had all the subtlety of a Mack truck. The lecture in the restaurant and then in Clayton's apartment. I like both Alex and Clayton--except for Clayton's immaturity. It's just that they were like stilts. This really could have been a cute story. But the dialog and descriptions where so clumsy I just can't give it more than a couple stars.