Book Review by Rita: Eyes Only For You, by Andrew Grey

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Eyes Only For You, by Andrew Grey
Series: Eyes of Love, Book #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2016

Rating: Did Not Finish (DNF)

summary

Eyes Only For You - Andrew GreyMarcello Bagnini has a history of falling for the wrong men, and it seems he’s done it again. Working out at the gym with his straight friend Jerry is becoming harder by the day-in more ways than one. Worse yet, Jerry isn’t the only one who notices Marcello’s wandering eyes. So instead of risking his friendship with Jerry and alienating the other guys at the gym, Marcello keeps his feelings to himself.

Real estate agent Jerry Foland has never explored his interest in other men, but there’s something different about Marcello, and Jerry’s starting to think he might like to see where his attraction could lead. However, Jerry’s controlling father makes it clear that it’s either stay on the straight and narrow or Jerry can say good-bye to his family.

As much as they try to stay away from each other, their lives overlap, both at the gym and when Jerry is contracted to sell the home of one of Marcello’s friends. Friendship grows into more, but Jerry’s father has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include having a gay son.

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Bisexual Characters
Contemporary
First Time
Self-Discovery

Book Review by Rita

When I first started Eyes Only For You I was pleased to see that although I had not read the first book in the series, the second reads well as a standalone. The previous couple Ronnie and Clay make several appearances so I was able to deduce what I missed and get caught up pretty quickly.

Something I noticed early on, but didn’t like, was that while Ronnie and Clay do get some page time, there were times when the side characters present in a scene say so little (or nothing at all) that I would completely forget they were even there.

My complaints didn’t end there, though. The following is all of the things that I just couldn’t get past and the reason why I decided to DNF this book:

Gay-For-You

I should’ve known this would be GFY just by the title but I guess I was really hoping the author would prove me wrong. I can sometimes overlook it but not when bi-erasure is prevalent even when there are several opportunities to at least entertain the idea that sexuality isn’t so cut and dry.

Bisexual Erasure

So Jerry doesn’t want to sleep with any men other than Marcello. News Flash! If you want to be in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with someone of the same gender, you are likely bi or pansexual.

“Maybe I’m part gay.”

Oh come on! *eyeroll*

That’s not the only time I threw my hands up in frustration. At one point it’s mentioned that since Jerry has always liked women he has a choice on whether or not to pursue his attraction to a man. That might be the most ridiculous thing I’ve read this year.

Even when they talk about Marcello’s past lover, it’s implied that he was actually straight all along and only curious about being with a man. Here’s a thought: maybe he just wasn’t the right guy for Marcello. Maybe he was just a cheating bastard and the person he happened to cheat with was a woman? It doesn’t mean that his history with men didn’t happen.

At this point, the fact that it’s mentioned that Jerry is still coming to terms with his newly-realized attraction to men is what saved me from noping out of this book.

“He wanted to help Jerry so badly his heart ached. Marcello had had years to come to grips with who he was and what his sexuality meant, as well as how to be comfortable with it. Jerry was just finding out something about himself that very minute.”

I felt it was worth it to stick around to see how it would all play out because there are plenty of books that start out GFY but the bisexual realization comes later on. Of course Jerry isn’t going to have it all figured out the moment he realizes he’s not completely straight.

Misogyny

“He could say what he thought, and Marcello didn’t freak or run away. He listened to him without dissecting every single word for some hidden meaning.”

WTF-ever. It isn’t stated plainly that this is a comparison between men and women but since Jerry’s never been with a man before we’re not lead to believe much else. This is where I completely lost interest. If you make women out to be the big bad or the lesser of genders for stereotypical reasons, you lose me as a reader.

Why I Didn’t Finish

I’m always willing to persevere when I’m unhappy with the beginning of a book. Mostly, because my curiosity gets the better of me and I just have to know how it ends. Will those wrongs ever be righted? Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it with this book. Even if I were able to ignore all the things I mentioned above, I was bored. All the MCs seem to talk about is how Jerry has no clue what to do, and Marcello doesn’t want to push so he’s willing to back off. They go around and around, talking in circles and I just couldn’t do it anymore.

I wanted something more substantial and since I wasn’t getting it here, I decided to call it quits around 45%. There are just too many amazing books out there waiting to be read to continue reading something so unsatisfying. This is one I cannot recommend.

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Andrew GreyAndrew Grey is the author of nearly 100 works of Contemporary Gay Romantic fiction. After 27 years in corporate America, he has now settled down in Central Pennsylvania with his husband Dominic and his laptop. An interesting ménage. Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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You can purchase Eyes Only For You from:
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Kobo
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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