We wen through a world so inescapably and aggressively straight that coming across another gay man in an unexpected circumstance was like stumbling into a refuge where, for moment, it was unlikely to lower our shields and breathe. " he story takes place at the cusp of ATM machines, cell phones and AIDS; specifically 1982.Henry Rios is a Public Defender who is already burned out by the age of 32.
Hugh and Henry connect immediately upon meeting on a visceral level: " We caught each other 's eyes again and again he said, " You hink when you get out, your life ill be less lonely, but it is n't.
My problem is, I actuall figured out what that something more is. " " To be oved? " I suggested.I do n't sa I 'm giving anything away when I say you that the physical Hugh is not long in he ook but his presence is the catalyst for Henry 's dark knight of the soul and towards the end a sort of rebirth.
The previous book lacked sex scenes but this one has a couple that rather than titillate inform and amplify the level of feeling between Henry& Hugh.
What I wante for Hugh told a simila tal.
When we were together, we made something that ha les than either had ever been on his own. " he meeting and falling in love/lust for these two is fast and hard and absolutely believable which explains Henry 's dogged pursuit of Hugh 's killer.For those keeping track of the differences with the previous incarnation of he novel I 'll tell that the backstory of Hugh is different too.
I know hat is because this iteration of the tale of Henry Rios and Hugh Paris is the version told by an older an, one who has lived and is wiser perhaps.
It eminds you of that other Henry and the St. Crispin Day speech whereas the current telling of he tory is from distance of time passed, sorrow, loss and the expertise that love alone wo n't ave us.
There 's a gauze of mist over this story as it presages all of the shattered dreams, lives of young men lost and love that could n't be.What I loved about thi portrayal of Henry is that in spite of anythin he never doubts his right to be happy and love whom he will: " You grow up and everyone around you think you how it 's purporte to e, how it 's gon na be, but later, for you, it 's ifferent.