The Official Description: Denny Wyatt: friend.
Denny, who sleeps in threadbare tees that smell like his cigarettes, who coats his arms in the guts of engines, who kisses like he’s sampling you, scenting you, until you forget that there are things you can’t afford to forget.
Denny Wyatt: with benefits.
It’s not dating. You’ve both done enough of that. You’re both stuck in this town, you’re both going nowhere, but at night, you have each other. It’s sex. It’s an arrangement. It suits you both.
Denny Wyatt: yours.
Tonight, the lie shatters. Denny Wyatt is so much more than friend, than lover, than any one word. But you’d better speak—better find the words—or he’s gone.
Just the facts: intense, novella, queer characters
It’s hard to believe a novella can pack such an emotional punch! – Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit: This novella is more about a moment than it is a relationship. Lindsey has a fantastic writing style that I found really emotional and expressive. It was a pleasure to read.
Avery, the narrator of this book has come to the point at which he has realized that his long-time friend and sometime lover Denny means a lot to him. I’m struggling to describe the book because it’s beautiful and the writing is quite magical. I was really emotionally involved with the two characters because the writing was so intense.
Surprisingly, the novella is written in the 2nd person POV. At first, I wasn’t sure that would work for me, but in a piece of art like this, it was fine. The author has stuck closely with Avery’s thoughts and feelings and I could feel how confused and frightened he was. It’s not that he can’t accept that he is attracted to Denny. Avery has reached a point at which he is suddenly terrified that he’s going to lose Denny.
If you are a fan of really great writing, emotion, and intense relationships then please read this. You will not be disappointed by the luxurious tale that G.B. Lindsey has given us!
Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) homophobic slur.
I received an ARC of Standard Candle by G.B. Lindsey from Gay Romance Reviews n exchange for an unbiased review.