Title: Nate and the New Yorker
Author: Kevin Klehr
Publisher: NineStar Press
Length: 85 Pages
At a Glance: At the end of the day, Nate and the New Yorker was good, but inconsistency and length kept it from being great.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Nate once had the love of his life, but he’s met Cameron, a New York millionaire with an eccentric cross-dressing butler.
Cameron is keen to share his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows, and fabulous parties, and while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn how to open his heart again.
But is Cameron simply second best?
Review: Kevin Klehr’s Nate and the New Yorker was equal parts fun and frustrating to read. It started off great; the first chapter was such fun. But, things fairly quickly started to go off-kilter. The relationship between Nate and Cameron felt incredibly forced, which was frustrating because I think they could have been good together if the story hadn’t been so rushed. Also, the side-story with Nate’s ex, Elliott, to me felt like a good idea that didn’t quite pan out. Again, maybe it was simply rushed? I felt like this part of the storyline would have resonated better if it were a bit more fleshed out, because it really was a vital part of the story.
The characters were fun. I enjoyed Nate’s best friends, Ben and Lucy, quite a bit, and I loved what good friends they were to Nate. They were always in Nate’s corner and consistently gave him good advice on his relationship(s). Cameron’s cross-dressing butler, Roger/Rowena, was extremely loyal and incredibly sweet, and brought some good comic-relief. And, our MCs, though not always entirely solid as a couple, individually had a lot of appeal.
I can appreciate the journey that Klehr is taking us on, showing us both characters’ growth while on this long-distance love story rollercoaster. However, the ride was too fast and the plot not developed enough to make it as enjoyable as I think it could have been. It did make me want to go to Prague. 😊 I loved all of the travel and food elements. But, it took me almost the entire book to begin to warm up to Nate and Cameron together.
The writing was good. There were some things that were so lovely and charming. I loved this: “We kissed with a connection stronger than Lego.”
And, I loved this little tidbit of advice from Lucy: “Spoil yourself. Get lost in his world. See where he takes you. If he’s not your final destiny, his love might prepare you for the man who is.”
But, then there was also a lot of purple prose and over -the-top drama and outbursts that pulled me out of the story. So much push and pull. At the end of the day, Nate and the New Yorker was good, but inconsistency and length kept it from being great.
As a quick little aside, though, I have to give a cover love shout-out to Natasha Snow! This cover is gorgeous, and she continues to blow me away with her work. We’re lucky to have such a talented artist working in the genre.
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