The story reminded me a lot of a Josephine Tey book. I wonder who wrote it first. I enjoyed it. Hugh Fraser was the narrator. He did his normal wonderful job.
This book was sweet, kind of meandering for a while, and the ending left me a little confused. SPOILER [Was that a proposal or not? (hide spoiler)] I think this is the first time I've read this author. I went through a period only reading classics about 20-25 years ago and there was no Goodreads to keep track of what I read back then.
Why is this book often noted as the least favorite Agatha Christie book? Except for Miss Marple talking about herself in the 3rd person "call me Nemesis" (which had my eyes rolling), the story itself was good. It's been so long since I reach it that I kept flip-flopping between two of the sisters as to who did it. Good book. Great narration.
The story runs, skips, and ducks, and my heart is in my throat most of the time, never thinking the boys will make it out in one piece. But they duck like pros, so there is HEA at the end. **phew**
I have no idea what the author wants to do with these boys going forwards, as this is book 1 in a series. There is, however, a good feeling of completion at the end, so it is certainly a stand-alone book.
All the biblical stuff just swooshed past me, as I am not much of a christian at all, but it was a fun backdrop to the telling of this specific covenant between a David and a Jonathan. It is set in Texas in the early 90s, and that can’t have been an easy time and place in which to be gay. When we get angry about things today, it does us good to look back, just a few years, and see how far we have come, after all.
There were a lot of teenage sexy times in this book. I never really understood how old the boys were, but I surmise underage, even if not by much, which might rub some people the wrong way. It was never explicit, nor exploitative, but quite insistent. Mostly, it was teenage hormones boiling in their blood. That’s good, if you like that kind of thing. For me personally, it got to be a tad too much, but then again, I’m currently off the sexy.
There were a lot of people in the story, and among the very memorable secondary characters, I loved the little boys best—Elijah and Cody were hilarious. They waltzed straight into my heart.
All in all, this is a really cute book, with a good story that made me happy.
I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher, Cool Dudes Publishing. A positive review wasn’t promised in return.