Title: Rainbow Blues
Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Burn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 20, 2014 – 204 pgs
Having come out late in life, forty-three-year-old Luke Jordan is at a loss about how to conduct himself as a gay man. As a construction manager, he’s not interested in being out at work, but he’d like to find a boyfriend or at least some gay friends. Two years after his wife got all their friends in the divorce, he’s no closer to the life he wants.
Zach, Luke’s adult son, takes charge and signs him up for the Rainbow Blues, a social group for gay blue-collar workers. At an event, he not only finds friends but meets Jimmy Alexander, part-time stage actor and full-time high school biology teacher. Jimmy loves the stage but wishes potential boyfriends weren’t so jealous of the time he devotes to it. When he meets Luke and finds him accepting of his many facets, he thinks it’s a dream come true.
Their relationship quickly moves into serious territory, but their connection is tested to its breaking point by the offer of a juicy movie role that takes Jimmy to the opposite coast and into the path of a very sexy costar.
Let me just say I really, really liked this book. It made me laugh, cry, and st times reach through my kindle and throttle someone. Luke got his childhood friend pregnant at a young age, married her and raised their son. Jump forward 20+ years and they divorce, he has always been gay. Luke was miserable married and just as miserable now single. Zach, his son, is sick of it and buys him an early Christmas present. Membership to Rainbow Blues, a network to help gay men meet other gay men who work basically manly jobs and haven’t come out at work. It isn’t a dating group, just a group to make friends. Luke meets Bennett who he becomes fast friends with, which is great, Luke has no friends. The night he sees a play with Bennett his world is flipped upside down. Actor Jimmy Alexander catches Luke’s attention and when Luke is forced to say hello after the show he ends up biting the bullet and just asks Jimmy out. Everything goes full force ahead but not too fast, they do try to slow things down but the attraction is so deep for both of them. Things are going great, there is some drama and angst but fits the storyline well. When Jimmy is offered an opportunity of a lifetime the relationship is put to the test. I won’t tell you how or what happens because you need to read this book, it’s awesome!