Author: Aimer Boyz
Published: 5 August 2014 by Lulu Publishing Services
Genre: Gay Adult Fiction, Erotica
Format: Kindle Edition
Price: £2.38 includes VAT and free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
File Size: 542KB
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
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A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.
Daniel had been in a relationship for eight years but it ended with his partner, Aiden, leaving him for another man. He’s hurt by the spilt and has no interest in meeting a new partner. He does what every other self-respectable guy does when getting dumped. He hits the bars, credit card in hand, gets plastered and tries hooking up with any guy that moves, because that’s how he thinks he can obliterate the memory of Aiden. Steven has just moved to the house opposite one of Daniel’s sisters and she invites Steven to the Canada Day celebrations she and her husband throw every year for Daniel and the rest of the family. Little does Daniel know that his whole family have plotted for the two men to meet with the hope that maybe love will blossom between the pair. However, soon after meeting, in walks Stephanie into their lives, who proudly announces she is Steven’s Ex.
Daniel and Steven are two of the most lovable characters I have ever encountered in a book. From the beginning I fell in love with both, not only because of the descriptions the author built up of them, but because of the way both seemed so naïve that love would be something they would ever experience again. Like most relationships it’s lust which makes both men want to get to know each other far better but, as time goes on, love also starts to play its part in the developing friendship between the two men.
All of Daniel’s family do whatever they can to get Daniel and Steven together. Daniel’s father offers to help Steven assemble some new furniture, while Daniel’s mother invites Steven around for the meal the whole family have together on a Friday evening. Daniel’s two sisters, Karen and Sandy, and their husbands also want to play a part in helping Daniel find true love again after the heartache Daniel encountered when his relationship with Aiden ended. Little else seems to matter to the whole family other than Daniel’s future love life.
Boyz writes the book like she is part of the family the book is centred around which is just how it should be. She carried the story along very nicely and ensures that each member of the family plays their part in ensuring that Daniel finds true love. On the other hand, she barely mentions Steven’s family which I found quite odd even if they do live the other side of the country. She has a very interesting way in the way she writes in getting the reader to really like every character in the book. I even found myself liking Aiden, Daniel’s Ex partner, who had brought so much heartbreak and sadness to Daniel, and who is the bad guy in the book.
There is a lot of Gay erotica in the book and, at first, I wondered just how she would cope with writing such material. She must have done a lot of research on the subject as she knew exactly what she was writing about and I could not fault any of the erotica scenes she wrote. In fact, some of the scenes rather took me down the memory lane of my younger days, which of course I won’t be divulging about. Some of the scenes seemed they were never going to end and although there are lots of them, never once did I think that Boyz was duplicating earlier scenes from the book.
Although the main characters in the book are part of the same family, the other characters she introduced played just as important a part and she cleverly connected each of these characters to Steven, Daniel or Daniel’s family. While reading the book I felt as if I were watching the whole story unfold on TV as I could very clearly picture everything that was happening in my head. To me, that is a very talented way to write as it makes the story seem even more real and true to life.
My only criticism of the book, other than there was little mentioned about Steven’s family, was that the chapters were far too long. They could very easily have been made into smaller chapters, especially where the story changed completely to a different scene with different characters or where there was a time break.
Fireworks is a typical love story with its ups and downs for the characters involved and will pull you deeply into a family who want nothing but happiness for one of its family members. It is an easy read and won’t have you turning back pages because of misunderstandings about its plot. You will either fall in love with, or wish you had two friends like, Daniel and Stephen because having them around would bring happiness and joy into anyone’s life. I do hope there’s a sequel because this story certainly deserves to have one. If not, then Fireworks would make a perfect screenplay.
Realistic Characterisation: 5/5
Made Me Think: 3.5/5
Overall Enjoyment: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
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