Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Review: 'Hidden Currents' by Jerry Cole

From his website we learn a bit more about this solid author Jerry Cole, a gay author who lives in California and has been writing fiction since he was a child. As a young adult, he worked as a freelance writer in the evenings and on weekends. In the summer of 2015 he published his first gay romance short story on Amazon. Overwhelmed by the positive response he decided to quit his “day job” and took up writing gay romance full time. When he’s not writing steamy M/M romance he enjoys globetrotting, watching movies with family and friends, working out, & being dragged down the road by his two Great Danes.

Jerry includes contemporary life situations in his stories, one of the many reasons he has caught on with the young set. He understands the background of the lives of his characters so that by the time the romance hits, we have a solid idea of the personality, conflicts, and needs each character owns.

Fresh into the realm of mountain biking Jerry introduces his first main character well – ‘Once you crested the third hump, the Wall came flying at you so fast you didn’t have time to think. Instinct would tell you to brake before you decorated the sandstone with your brains and the remains of your bike. Experience told Jason to pedal faster. Behind him, Laura let out an excited whoop as she went airborne off her favorite rock. Eventually, Jason would be brave and skilled enough to get through the full combo of obstacles up here. As it was, he barely had time to get his wheels lined up with the narrow, twisting path up the boulder known locally as The Wall. This was one of those mountain biking moments where “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” was a motto to live by. If you braked and lost speed, you were going to be walking your bike up the second half of the boulder. If you kept barreling along as fast as you dared, you ran the risk of careening off-track, crashing, and then walking your bike up the second half of the wall. Either way, your legs were going to be screaming by the time you got to the top of the boulder.’

And so we proceed to the outline of the story – ‘‘Jason likes to think he's outdoorsy. He hikes, he runs, he makes bad decisions on mountain bikes with his best friend. If he weren't stuck in his office job with his insane boss and his busy schedule, he might even have time to go camping. But when his boss gets involved in a high-publicity scandal and needs to spend some time away from civilization, Jason thinks he might be in over his head. Not only do he and his coworkers get dragged away into the heart of the Alaskan backcountry, but they're also stuck with a gruff hunk of a fishing guide who is dangerously handsome and lamentably straight. Jason's been unlucky enough in love, and this new unreciprocated crush just makes him miserable. Nick isn't exactly ecstatic to be working with Jason and his colleagues, either. The company's CEO is a handful at the best of times, and one of his fellow guides winds up fueling his ego and his dangerous hijinks. To make matters even more stressful, he develops a fixation he can't explain with the CEO's gay assistant. As the two work together to corral Jason's boss, they find that they have a lot in common. Nick isn't interested in men, but with Jason he just might make an exception. It doesn't take long for things to get hot and heavy, and Nick is confronted with desires he's never thought about and doesn't want to explain to himself.’

Jerry knows how to leave the reader satisfied on all levels. It is another winner. Grady Harp, May 17

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