Title: Momo: My Everything
Author: Posy Robert
Length: 95 pages
At a Glance: An interesting opposites attract story that I enjoyed, and wished for even more.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Brave the spotlight for the man he loves, or stay alone in the shadows…
William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.
Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.
From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.
If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?
*Extensively reworked from the short story, The Measure of a Man.
Review: William is a buttoned up financial guy who, while out for the evening with a work group, meets Momo, a geisha who is really a man. William finds Momo fascinating and beautiful. When Momo, aka Nate, slips him his number after William steps in on boorish behavior, it’s another surprise. But the bigger surprise is that William actually calls Nate, and when they get together, they have a really good time. William is not out at work, though, and he’s not sure about dating someone who is as “out” as Nate certainly is.
William really likes Nate, though, and he continues to see him. They thoroughly enjoy each other’s company, and the sex is good between them. They come from such different worlds, not just their family and ethnic backgrounds but their careers and the way they navigate their way through life. William’s African-American family has not been terribly accepting of him, including some difficult years with his twin brother. Nate’s family has no issues with his sexuality, and it’s not like there was ever even a question about it. Nate’s pursuit of the arts is a natural fit for him, and he loves his work.
As their relationship progresses over the months, there are a few hurdles to get over. Meeting the families is a big one, more so for William since he’s never really had a “relationship” before. There are also important friends that have to pass judgement as well—Nate’s roommates and William’s hairdresser. It’s an interesting situation that they each find themselves in, wanting their friends and family to accept this new person.
The real challenge for William, though, is how he wants his relationship with Nate to be known. William wrestles with this because he’s never been in this situation before, where he really cares about anyone outside his family. He’s got to figure out what he really wants and what he’s willing to do to make that happen in the way he wants.
While I enjoyed this story, I would have liked more. What exactly I wanted to see, I’m not sure. I would have liked more of William’s interaction with his coworkers, other than the few scenes with his douchecanoe boss, I think. William is so closed off that I kind of felt like I still didn’t get a good read on him. I also wasn’t sure where the Momo fantasy was going, or if the resolution was going to be worthy. In the end, William and Nate find a way to make things work for them, so all in all, a satisfying read.
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