Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sagittarius Blues

SAGITTARIUS BLUES by Katrina Strauss is a present you will want to open again and again.

Ryan is an almost twenty-one year old college student who is in love with his straight best friend. He lives in his mom's basement and does a weekly video blog in which he makes fun of his job and especially his boss.

Ryan's dad died when he was a child and Ryan has had to be the man of the house since then. He goes to college and works part time to help his mother with the rent and other bills. The only time Ryan doesn't act like a responsible adult is during his video blog where he can act like a clown and make fun of everything.

Greg works at the local recreation center and helps counsel some of the kids that come in. He is remodeling his house as a do-it-yourself project and shops at the grocery store where Ryan has a part time job and has admired the younger man from afar.

The two meet after a snowstorm when Ryan is out shoveling walks to earn some extra money before the holidays. The chemistry between the two men is instantaneous, but Greg is wary because of his job at the rec center. Ryan offers to film Greg as he does his remodel and posts the videos on Greg's blog site.

Over the next several weeks, the relationship between the two men grows into a strong friendship as well as mutual attraction. Greg is still reluctant to enter into a sexual relationship with Ryan in part because of his video blog where Ryan ends every week with a pretend masturbation session. He is concerned that should certain people see it, it might jeopardize his job.

This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Strauss and I can say that I will be reading more of her works. I felt that the characters' emotions and reactions were well written. The problems that each character had to work through were real and the ramifications of those actions read true. The story dealt with some real, current issues, but did not come across as an "after-school special".

I think some of my favorite parts were the tongue in cheek intros to several chapters that the author included. After all, who doesn't love a good innuendo? This book made me a fan and if you are looking for a little holiday cheer, SAGITTARIUS BLUES is a choice that you won't regret.
I give this book 4.5 chocolate dipped strawberries!!

This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews:
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