Kate Hawthorne is a brand new to me author. She’s written an MM book. Remember, MM means two guys in the relationship. It’s very, very hot. His Kind of Love is an interesting book.
I have to admit that even after having read this book, it took me some time to figure out my feelings about it. I like it, I like Joel, but Gabriel… He’s a whole different story. I kind of like him sometimes, kind of hate him other times. I’ve read other books that have people doing things similar to Gabriel. K. Webster has a good one, Notice, but there is something different with this one, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe part of it is that HKoL is Kate’s first book, and it takes some time to come into your own, and K’s book isn’t her first one. Whatever it is, there is something there. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the story. I do. It just took me a little bit of time to unpack and process.
Joel is a 19 year old man. He’s been kicked out of the bosom of his family because he’s gay. He doesn’t date much, and he doesn’t have a lot of friends outside of his very best friend, Athena. Athena is a pretty awesome character in her own right, and I would love to see more of her in other books. She seemed pretty cool. Joel works at a second-hand bookstore, loves old books, old records, and haunting estate sales. He collects old family Bibles and is looking for someone who will treat him with precious care and cherish him.
Gabriel is much older. He is also estranged from his family. He’s a lawyer and is very successful at his job. He has one hobby, Joel. Everything he does, he does for Joel. Every.thing. When Joel runs into trouble, Gabriel has maneuvered himself so that he is right there to pick up Joel and save him.
OK, here’s where we part. This book has some dark themes to it. I’m pretty sure after reading the last paragraph, you can pretty much guess what they are. There is also a taboo line that Kate skates up to, but doesn’t quite go over the edge, at least, depending on how you look at it. Go check out the story. It’s on KU right now, or you can buy it for $0.99 and support a first-time author on her debut book.
OK, I’m just going to come right out and say it, Gabriel is creepy. And he’s a kind of a dickbag sometimes. But, he does everything he’s doing out of a place of love for Joel. Joel can forgive him, but does that mean that he was justified? And, when Joel gets pissed af at Gabriel, I think he chooses the wrong thing to get pissed about, IMO. He needed to kick Gabriel’s arse a little harder over that part.
The taboo thing is kind of a popular trope in taboo romance, but does it really count if they had no kind of contact prior to the relationship they found themselves in? I don’t find that one to be all that much of a problem, overall.
I have no problems at all with the ending. I just kind of wish that Gabriel seemed a little more remorseful. I dunno, that may not be the word I want. And he does realize at some point that what he was doing was fucked up, and on the crazy side. But… Something, I dunno.
Overall, I like the story. I know that it may sound like I’m running it down but I’m really not. It just makes me analyze things, which is good. It’s a sign of a well-written book, IMO.
OK, that’s all I have to say today. There’s going to be another blog post later, so watch out for that. Meanwhile, happy reading!