Title: Baby’s on Fire
Author Name & Publisher: A.F. Henley
Publication Date & Length: May 6, 2015 – 204 pgs
In 1974 Gerry Faun gets the break of his life—an opportunity to meet gorgeous, openly bisexual, glam-rock idol Mark Devon. Mark’s world is new, exciting, and Gerry finally gets to explore the side of his sexuality that he’s kept hidden. But the press is everywhere, and when Gerry’s father gets wind of what’s going on behind his back, Gerry ends up on the street. Mark offers to let Gerry come along with the tour and Gerry jumps at the chance. The tour is a never-ending party—and the start of what seems to be a perfect relationship for him and Mark. Until Mark’s manager decides Gerry isn’t worth the trouble he’s stirring up.
In 1994 Gerry is finally coming out of some tough times—he has a job that pays the bills, a car that hasn’t quite broken down, and a small rental in Jersey City. After a decade of barely getting by, if life was as good as it was going to get, Gerry figures he’ll manage just fine. It would be easier if he wasn’t still haunted by the man the media won’t let him forget, the man who stole his heart and then broke it… the man that’s shown up pleading for a second chance.
This is a story that takes us back to the 70s and all the free love, lots of drugs and trials that came with that time.
Although I really came to like Gerry, Mark made me mad more than anything. He didn’t realize what he had and treated Gerry very badly because of it.
I have to say I didn’t particularly like jumping from past to present and back again as I felt it would’ve let the hurt sink deeper and the bring back up to happy so much better. However, overall, I thought it was a good book that had in depth characters that grew as time passed while dealing with real emotions and pain.
I will say that even though the present was actually the 90s, the author did an excellent job of reminding us of how those times were in comparison to how current times are.
The way this story was written just didn’t do it for me. Each chapter was written from the past or present day and honestly that confused the hell out of me at times and annoyed me and I found myself skimming at times. Gerry (Fawn) goes to a concert with his sister and ends up meeting Maxx Starlight (Mark). What was a chance meeting turns out to be a life changer. Fawn ends up going on the road with Mark and then a relationship forms. You can see and feel that they really do like each other but Mark is just too wrapped up in being famous and listens to the wrong people. Things happen and Fawn leaves and Mark doesn’t realize what he had until it was gone. Flash forward 20 years and you see where Gerry is and eventually Mark too. There are some twists and turns in the present parts of the book which were good but semi-predictable. You can still feel the love they have for each other even 20 years later. Everything is told from Gerry (Fawn’s) point of view which was fine but there are times I wish we would have gotten Mark’s as well. The Halloween scene was one of my favorites. This book was just ok for me, if it would have been done it two halfs past and then present instead of the back and forth I think I would have liked it more and probably given it 4 ½ or 5 stars.
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Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.
A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.
Henley has been working with Less Than Three Press since 2012.
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