The wonderfully named reviewer BookGirl at Night Owl has given Husband Material four and a half stars! I really appreciate reviewers who seem to “get” what I’m trying to accomplish in my writing, and BookGirl narrows right down to what matters:
I have found many “gay for you” books throw the couple together and the “straight” character jumps into the relationship with ease. That never seems realistic to me. I would think that going through major changes in something as serious as your sexual identity would be all-consuming. I thought this book did a really good job of showing a character struggle though this. Riley deeply cares for Asher but he also resents him for bringing these feelings out. What I really liked was that the characters talk about the issue repeatedly, in a well-thought-out manner.
I’m with BookGirl on this one–far too often a character who has never had a gay inkling in his entire life suddenly becomes blissfully and completely gay because he meets that one special guy. I love writing about the drama/chaos that such a change would bring, both within and between the characters. I’m glad that works, at least for this reviewer.