Reviews by Pat Henshaw

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Beyond Duty

a Retro Review originally published on August 31, 2013 Peterson fans should be delighted with her newest couple, two career Marines who are on the verge of retiring just as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is about to be revoked in 2011. Of all the writers of gay romance who have a handle on wha ...

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A Heart for Robbie

In this poignant story of love and determination, Barnaby details the anguish and hope a new father goes through when his son is born with a heart defect. When young adult novelist Julian Holmes learns that his newborn son has a life-threatening heart defect, he is immediately plunge ...

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The Companion

Spiritual healing and a brutal murder intersect in this look at two men's journey to love. If this sounds very touchy-feely, it should because the story is partly a police procedural and partly an elegant journey into the world of the unexplainable. Daka Shepherd Bucknam is not only r ...

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Total Immersion

A couple of college seniors on a two-week summer tour of Europe discover that not only do opposites attract, but human kindness and loyalty go a long way to making an immersive romance into a solid base for a potential lasting relationship. Although Evan Stanton isn't one hundred perc ...

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Second Helpings

A father and son move on with their lives after the deaths of their spouses when a former classmate of the father reappears with her grown son in this very British gay romance. Stuart Collins is pleased but a little stunned when his father Roddy starts dating Isabel Franklin, a widow ...

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The River Leith

Get out your tissues for this incredibly moving and superbly poignant gay romance that explores the lost and found qualities of memory loss on two men in New York City. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()).getTime(); if (browName ...

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Pride and Modern Prejudice

I'm fascinated by contemporary takes on the classic Pride and Prejudice novel, especially those that don't feel obligated to stick chapter by chapter to the book. For this reason, I was excited when I saw a gay romance version. If the classic could be changed to include sci-fi elements, why not an ...

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Stuff

Stuff, The second Bristol Collection novel after Junk, celebrates the artfully quirky as an ultra-outgoing optimistic British commoner and an upper-class recluse find love over an odd collection of stuff. When Tobias “Mas” Maslin ducks into Perry Cavendish-Fiennes' Cabbages and Ki ...

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Just One Thing

A widow is wooed out of her melancholy by a war veteran bartender who only asks that she tell him "just one thing" when she stops by his bar every Monday.Artist Lexie McCain's children are worried about her uncharacteristic funk after their father dies in an accident. Lexie has holed up in her s ...

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Love Comes Home

A love story about a father and his son as much as one between two men, this is a superb example of Grey's command of the extraordinary in the everyday ordinary. For readers who wonder what gay romance is all about, this is an excellent place to start reading. Single father and Pleasa ...