Run, by Annie Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 26, 2016
DNF @ 27%
Amid the tumult of the Iowa Democratic primary, young but brilliant speechwriter Tom McAlindon meets Nathan Harris, the deputy campaign manager for an opposing candidate. Their acquaintance is strictly professional until an impetuous kiss on a cold winter night leads them into a secret romance. As their feelings deepen, both men struggle with the complications of keeping the relationship separate from their jobs and the inner workings of the campaigns.
But in the nation’s most high-stakes political game, no secret is truly safe. When an observer realizes their connection, Tom and Nate discover that striving for the best of both worlds has a much higher cost than they bargained for… and that love can’t survive while Nate is hiding the truth from Tom.
Gay M/M Romance
Annie definitely has talent as a writer, and I enjoyed reading her characters, all of whom are smart and the best at what they do. But whether this was an issue with editing or with an author being too knowledgeable, I ended up marking this one DNF.
Let me start with what I did enjoy:
- The characters. Tom especially, but I enjoy reading about characters who are competent and brilliant.
- The sexual attraction between Tom and Nate. There’s obviously a lot of tension between them, and I loved seeing that begin to unfold.
- The “forbidden love” trope, which is written in a very unique way! Tom and Nate cannot be lovers; they’re both trusted members of a campaign, and a discovered affair would ruin them both.
My issue with this novel was the exposition. By the 20% mark I was skimming over the boring political descriptions; it didn’t read as a romance, or even a character-driven story. Instead, it read to me a detailed description of a very boring political campaign… with a few insanely brief sex scenes tossed in to break up the monotony.
I get enough campaign news on my TV. I want to read about the people involved.
Annie Kaye is also the author of a historical M/M novella from DSP, titled Beyond the Spanish Road. You can find Annie on her website (http://www.anniekaye.com/) or on social media (Tumblr, Facebook).
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.