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review 2018-07-02 19:46
A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories, #2) by Lane Hayes 4 Star Review!
A Kind of Romance - Lane Hayes

Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.

Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.

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You will like Benny right away. Zeke takes a will. Zeke is difficult and mule headed but when he does grow, it is sight to see.

Benny and Zeke are opposites and they end of dating to appease Zeke's match making dad. 

Zeke has revenge (which is really minor to the plot but the need for it is a large part of his personal journey), anger at his father for his treatment of him when he came out, internalized homophobia, the need to prove that is more than good enough all swirling around in him.

And then he meets Benny who is loved but not fully accepted in his family, who tries to balance his art with his day jobs, and takes no crap from Zeke.

Lots of sparks, funny, tender and moving all at once. 

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review 2013-01-21 00:00
A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories - Ron Carlson Carlson writes from a decidedly masculine perspective. That's not generally my thing, but some of these stories are really lovely, and "What We Wanted to Do" is one of my all-time favorite shorts.
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review 2009-12-01 00:00
Our Kind - Kate Walbert It was okay, but I had a hard time liking or relating to the characters. They seemed unremittingly selfish and distant. Maybe I just run in different crowds, but I don't know anybody like that so it seemed unrealistic and not very engaging. The prose itself was well done, but I had a hard time motivating myself to finish it.
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review 2005-03-28 00:00
My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere - Susan Orlean Great stories, mostly previously published in the New Yorker. Orlean is a skilled writer, adept at making the reader feel she's really gotten to know something about someone. And there's just enough of Orlean's personality to be interesting, but not overwhelming.
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review 2004-01-01 00:00
Our Kind: A Novel in Stories - Kate Walbert I'm not normally a big fan of connected stories, but I quite enjoyed this look into the lives of women mid-century. I think it might appeal to fans of Mad Men.
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