Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Romance Book Review: LA Witt's Covet Thy Neighbor
Author: LA Witt
Series Connection: A Tucker Springs Novel
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Seth has a lot of emotional scares where his past, his family and religion are concerned. When he meets his new neighbor he is immediately attracted to the other gay man, but once he learns he's a minister, Seth is extremely conflicted about their relationship.
Darren has moved to Tucker Springs for a new start and to work at a local youth center. When he meets Seth he sees someone he can be himself with, however the morning afters with Seth are getting to awkward and he confronts Seth on it.
Can Seth overcome his demons before he lets something good pass him by?
Written from Seth's perspective this story develops around his deep seeded conflicts and desires. I think the author does a great job at expresses Seth fears and a wonderful story emerges as the couple works together exploring the possibilites. I fell immediately in love with Darren, who could have easily turned out to be too passive in the story, but turned out just right.
About the Series:
Welcome to Tucker Springs, population 75,000 + you! This collaborative story world is brought to you by three award-winning LGBTQ authors: Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton, and L.A. Witt.
The fictional town of Tucker Springs is located on the western slope of Colorado, in between Grand Junction and Silverton. One of the themes of Tucker Springs is that what you see is not what you get. Take, for example, the “springs.” Although many neighboring towns have actual hot springs, the spring here is more of a bubbling mud puddle. Locals like to trick newbies by sending them in search of it.
The Tucker Springs stories are a series of loosely-connected, standalone novels. Most of them will take place in the Light District, a.k.a. Hacktown, a district known for its theaters, galleries, intimate nightspots, and music. The first title, Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt, is available at Amber Allure. The remainder of the series will be published here.
Opposites attract, but heaven help these two.
Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.
Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.
But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smokescreen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.