Cameron has it all. He’s rich, lives in Manhattan, and even has a cross-dressing butler. But then he meets Nate, an Australian who’s bitter about love. Cameron is determined to turn this realist into a dreamer by sharing his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows and fabulous parties. And while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn that in order to open his heart, he has to face a painful secret.
Book – Nate and the New Yorker
Author – Kevin Klehr
Star rating – ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 87
Cover – Very nice!
POV – 1st person, past tense
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – LGBT, Cross-dressing, Contemporary, a sprinkle of paranormal
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
Blind-sighted. That’s the only way I can explain what just happened to me. I mean…holy cow!
First off, let me just say that I’m writing this immediately after completing the book and I’m still a little speechless. This story began in such a fun, lighthearted manner that I really expected some cute little rom-com story. What I got was a sucker punch to the gut halfway through, that left me in tears and wondering if I’d ever be able to stop thinking about this story.
I loved Nate, as a main character. I loved being in his head, with his feisty nature and his need for independence. I wasn’t sure about Elliot at first, but then I grew to love him so much that he may just have stolen the show for me. I mean, his scenes with Nate frequently left me in tears.
I liked the minor characters, Ben and ??, Roger, Rowena and Cameron’s aunt.
However, as a love interest, it took some time to warm up to Cameron. He just wasn’t what I’d expected, though I do love the way that his relationship with Nate progressed. It was far from perfect, with a lot of unsure moments which then slowly grew and grew naturally. There was no insta-love here, just two guys taking a chance with each other, to see how it panned out.
For me, Cameron came off supremely clingy, strangely possessive and a little dismissive of Nate’s feelings in the beginning. I’m pretty sure that’s how he was supposed to come off (I think!), so that we’d see he was this spoiled little rich boy, expecting everything his own way. What I really loved was the way Nate fought back. Every time I got indignant about what Cameron was saying or implying, Nate stood up for himself and tried to broaden Cameron’s mind. That was fantastic.
Personally, the most powerful moment was symbolised with my favourite quote, shown below. It was the pinnacle moment of the story, where everything fell into place and Nate finally made sense as a person and as a character.
Overall, a surprisingly touching rom-com, with enough giggles to get you through, until the tears take over. Great writing, great plot and some fantastic characters. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like.
““For not being Elliot.””
And, no, I won’t explain what it means. Go buy yourself a copy! Find out for yourself.