FORBIDDEN LOVE by Dee Rose
Will They Be More Than Best Friends? Mark and Jesse have been best friends for over a decade. However, Mark has had a secret infatuation with Jesse during that time. Having learned he is dying from a brain tumor, Mark finally gets the courage to tell Jesse how he feels. Mark is hesitant at first. He has a budding relationship with an old female acquaintance, and Jesse is a family man. Several obstacles emerge over the course of the novel, but none are enough to detour the eventual night of passion Mark and Jesse share in a remote cabin.
FORBIDDEN LOVE is a short novella by Dee Rose. I t takes on the topic of straight readers and gay relationship and back. The story takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah . The story is based around two young business men who are best friends. One, Jesse, is married, one daughter and one on the way. I'm not so sure it is a happy marriage since Jesse is having an affair with his secretary during his wife's pregnancy.
Marcus is not married but very successful. Marcus is a successful creative advertising designer who is unmarried and been diagnosed with a serious illness. He has a need that he has to fulfill before he becomes any worse.
I felt that the shortness of the novella had too much going on. I think the story was a bit too dramatic considering the shortness of the book. The author didn't use the right descriptions considering the type of relationship going on. Such as using the word "bro" in a relationship between two men.
I feel maybe the author had a little trouble writing on the topic that he did. It is a delicate topic to a lot of people though. I feel that maybe the book was a part of his own life considering his gay sister died form cancer. That's a lot of sadness in one's life. Perhaps this was the way the author was letting some of that sadness out. Putting thoughts on paper does help sometimes. I would recommend this book to people just as a little enlightenment on the male/male relationship.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (from Goodreads)
Dee Rose was born on July 5th and resides in Aurora, CO. He is the father of two daughters. "They are my life." He says. He attended Metro State University of Denver, where he majored in Political Science. Forbidden Love is the first of several novels he hopes to publish in the romance genre. He has written novels in other genres, but thrillers and romance are his passion. "Defying Gravity" is his favorite song because no one believed he could pen a romance novel. "Hell, I'm still a little shocked that I did it." He said. But the novel and it's content are dedicated to his sister, who passed away from a long battle with cancer. "She gave me the motivation and strength to write and finish what I believe is my best work to date."
I was given a complimentary copy of this book FORBIDDEN LOVE by the author DEE ROSE. for this unbiased review.
I would give this book 3 STARS.