Monday, August 17, 2015

Book of the Week: You Are the Reason, by Renae Kaye

Author: Renae Kaye
Cover artist: Bree Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 226 pages
Published: August 7, 2015

Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.


Renae has always been one of my most favorite authors. From her first book to this one. I know when I open up one of her books that I’m going to laugh and be thoroughly entertained. You Are The Reason was brilliant. Davo is… I know there’s a word for him but I can’t figure out which would describe him best. When he meets Lee, WHO Lee is isn’t well understood. Watching Davo go through his “thought process” is outstanding. With the help of a magic 8 ball of course! I loved how Renae showed that even in the best houses, the most supportive homes, surrounded by loving family and friends, there are other people with the power to shape our lives and make us live a life not totally for ourselves. That’s where Davo is at when we meet him. Seeing Jake and Patrick from The Blinding Light was like Christmas coming early. I ADORED THAT BOOK!
And Lee, oh my Lee. A bright light all his own that one. The breath of fresh air Davo needed and pure joy and happiness wrapped up in a fire cracker. In short, I love Lee. I love Lee even more with Davo.

Once again Renae Kaye has knocked it out of the park. It’s a heartwarming, beautiful, breathtaking story about love. About hope, understanding, and acceptance. I loved it so so so much!!!  

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