Bekins, Alix. “Relationships 201”, Dreamspinner Press, 2010.
Alix Bekins looks at gay relationships in her new book and she does so in a way that pulls the reader in on the very first page. We meet Stephan whose relationship with Eric has reached a point that he feels it is not what is should be. Now that he has graduated college and is beginning graduate school, he wants to be sure of his feelings and he discusses Eric with several friends who each have something to say. To make things a bit more complicated, Stephan develops a crush on Jeffrey Teagan, the professor for whom he is a teaching assistant. However Stephan knows that Teagan is dealing with a recent divorce and seems to be quite straight. And here is where we get into the nature of relationships and how to deal. To say anymore would be to risk spoiling a good read for you so I will say simply that because Stephan wants more than what he as with Eric, we take a ride into what love is all about. Do we stay where we are because it is safe or do we venture out to try to find something better?
To me it is always interesting to see how well women know us and how they see things that we don’t. Bekins writes about gay relationships as if she were in one and I say that with no disrespect. However that is not what makes this novel such a good read. Bekin’s prose does that—her characters are realistically drawn and her plot is real. If you think about how many times you have had a crush on someone that you thought was totally out of reach, you will really enjoy this book.
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