Aqua Follies - Liv Rancourt
It is probably more than 3 stars rating, but for me it didn't quite reach the level of 3,5 stars to round up to 4 stars.3,3 stars
Even if I don't rate it very high, I think that [b:Aqua Follies|34729900|Aqua Follies|Liv Rancourt|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1495115641s/34729900.jpg|55913082] will meet the expectations of the majority MM romance readers. It is a typical romance novel, with a MUST BE HEA, likable characters, with the right dose of drama and- what I really appreciate-just the right amount of sex scenes. (Many MM romance writers tend to exaggerations here.) The historical setting is well done, the plot delivers a credible atmosphere of the 1950s without being too political that can perfectly suit also readers who normally don’t read historical. The plot:
Summer 1955. Seattle. Russel who has recently graduated from the Law School took a summer job as the assistant coach of the water ballet during its summer tour across the country. It’s a good possibility to help his Aunt Maude, a team coach, and to propose to his fiancée Susie who is one of a dancer of the twenty-four Aqua Dears.
His life seems to be regulated and already carefully planned: he’ll marry Susie, land a job in his hometown in Minnesota, buy a house, and she’ll give him babies. More importantly, the wedding will give his parents something to be happy about.
Only Russel’s plans for the future and his apparently stable and lukewarm life begins to fall apart when he gets to know Skip, trumpet player of the big band that accompanies the show., Russel, a closet case, has never in his life felt such a strong attraction toward a man. And Skip, a horn player, who actually goes much easier with his own sexuality and sexually more experienced, is fascinated by a reserved Midwest stranger. Does their relationship has a chance?
And how can they manage to stay together in the homophobic world where two adult men don’t play house
? And more important, is Russel with his rational mind is able to make the right decision? Can he sacrifice his apparent secure life in lies without passion for a man he falls in love with?
I was a bit worried about the denouement of the plot at the last part of the book. When the problems that appeared impossible at the beginning started to solve themselves easily toward the end, I smelled a trap: I was sure the author tried to lull me in order to slap me with a blasting twist when I the least expected it . But fortunately THAT has never happened: the events that seemed to be fatal turned into a trifling matter, the obstacles were smoothly overcome and every conflict has been nicely solved. It is why the story became rather a Walt Disney fairy tale at the end that per se is not a bad thing, but made the whole story-line a bit less realistic to me. Overall- a sweet MM romance with a light touch of historical atmosphere that satisfy every romantic soul.***Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***