Welcome to BRB, everyone! Sorry, I didn’t post last Friday, but I’m scrambling to finish a novel right now, which has taken precedent over everything else. Anyway, I wanted to post a review, but couldn’t decide what to read at first. So, I broke down and after an hour of searching Amazon, I chose a gay romance. And I didn’t pick it because of the cover or even the blurb, this time I threw caution into the wind and thought what the hell. Closed my eyes and touched the computer screen, and voila!
Engineer Sol Brooks is a happily married man, so people keep telling him. He and Elise have been in Boston for eight years, he loves her, and she loves him. They’ve got a great apartment that’s kept its value, they’re both up for promotion, and he can hook up with any guy he likes—all the sex he wants, so long as it’s of the “no strings” variety.
And that’s all fine and dandy…
until a chance meeting at the checkout.
I refuse to outline the exact chain of events for this review because to be honest, it really isn’t necessary. Basically, supposedly happily married engineer Solomon Brooks is shopping with his wife and accidentally bumps into a stranger, Adam. Adam gives off signals and Sol responds, and his life is changed forever. Written from Sol’s perspective, Checking Him Out by Debbie McGowan is a multifaceted, modern-day romance. I can’t say that either of the leading men are a favourite. Sol drove me batty with his aloof indecisive nature and Adam, sadly, seemed insincere at times because he made decisions at the drop of a hat. But, then again, I’ve met people just like them in real life—those wrapped up in personal drama—aren’t we all. Aside from the bouts of too much “drama” between Sol and Adam, I really did enjoy reading this book. The men, no matter their faults, draw the reader in. And you can't help but hope that Sol finds solace. Like most people, he has a past that haunts him; regret because of another man.
Checking Him Out is a witty and well-written story with a refreshing perspective. So, if you’re in the mood for mature content, but decent mature content, check this book out! 5 Stars!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!