Misinformation, by Keelan Ellis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Ethan Daniels, host of a popular conservative cable news program, has never thought of his bisexuality as a problem, though he has never acted on his attraction to men. Since his divorce, that desire has become more acute. When he meets Charlie Woods, his daughter’s first grade teacher, they have an instant spark, but Ethan hesitates to act. His contract is up for renewal, there are already rumors swirling about him because of a brief encounter from his past, and the last thing his employers want is for one of their stars to come out publicly.
Charlie avoids romantic entanglements because he prefers living on his own terms. He keeps love and sex completely separate, never seeing anyone more than a few times. Hooking up with a closeted celebrity like Ethan seems safe from emotional involvement, even if they have to keep their fledgling relationship secret.
The last thing they expect is to fall in love, but their strong mutual attraction moves them both to make changes neither of them thought they wanted or needed.
Gay & Bi Characters
This was my first from Ellis and I had high hopes when I saw other great reviews but I have mixed feelings about his book. Typically, I will finish even if I don’t like a story because my curiosity gets the better of me. I just have to know how it ends. That’s what puzzled me with Misinformation because I did like this book. It has several themes to set up an engaging story and yet I found myself bored with the second half. At 200 pages I should’ve been able to quickly breeze through but it ended up taking me days to finish because I just didn’t care enough to bother picking it back up.
Ethan, Charlie and the side characters are very likable which makes for a pleasant read and I was interested in learning how their lives become intertwined. I liked that Ethan both embraced and defended his bisexuality and I enjoyed being part of his journey as he discovered a side of himself that had been dormant for so many years. I also appreciated that his ex-wife isn’t played by the wicked witch and is actually a positive reinforcement in his life. This was refreshing to me since oftentimes female characters are cast as bitter and downright evil in m/m romance. Charlie recognizes that he has commitment issues but I saw it as more of a take it or leave it attitude. His go with the flow ways made it hard for me to believe that he was really falling for Ethan. Ethan is going through major life altering events and Charlie is just…there. He comes off like he’ll be okay with whatever the outcome is.
I understood Ethan’s need for his job but I couldn’t get past the fact that he was considering staying with a conservative news program when his beliefs and lifestyle were the contrary to everything the station stands for. At no point is it mentioned that he was exploring other options until he’s forced to do so. I was relieved to see that he finally wises up but at times it seems that he was more concerned about the money than how it would affect his shared custody of his daughter. If anything, this is a good example of how things tend to work themselves out in this book. I didn’t feel like I was there for the resolution, but rather, was told about it after the fact.
There are several abrupt jumps in time that I would’ve liked to have seen distinguished better but this could just be the advanced copy formatting and may possibly be corrected in the published edition. There’s a fair amount of build for enthralling conflict but most of it is glossed over. It reads like the everyday life of regular people which is okay but it wasn’t enough to keep my attention. Other than the story arc falling flat I felt the technical aspects of the writing were executed well.
In the end I thought this book was just fine. Nice, even, but I’m hoping that Ellis will give me something I can really sink my teeth into with future releases.
Keelan Ellis is a true crime enthusiast, a political junkie, and a comedy fan. Despite a compulsion to sometimes wallow in the depths of humanity’s corruption and sadness, she considers herself a romantic at heart. The stories she really connects with are about love that’s been twisted into hatred, and she believes that with honesty and forgiveness, love can overcome. Keelan loves good bourbon and classic country music, great television and well-prepared food, especially shared with like-minded people. She’s not a fan of parties and large groups of people, but there’s nothing she loves more than a long conversation with friends. Her favorite part of the writing process is the collaborative stage, hashing out plot and characters with smart and talented friends. It’s where she truly comes to understand the people she’s writing about, and often falls in love with them. With the support and encouragement–as well as some serious editing help–Keelan has found the writing niche she’s always searched for. Sometimes she gets blocked, and when that happens, there’s only one thing she knows to do. Just like Inigo Montoya, she goes back to the beginning, writing about the characters who inspired her so much in the past.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.