Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Momo: My Everything by Posy Roberts #Review ~Guest Post #Giveaway




William is an enigma. He doesn’t want too much focus placed on him, yet his personal style is such that it draws attention.

Why is William so scared of the spotlight? It’s been on him his entire life. He’s a twin, so you can imagine the comparisons every person made between him and his brother as they grew. He’s gay and his twin is not. He’s not out to people unless they are close to him: family and friends, mostly. He’s one of two minorities who work at the administrative level of his employer, and people pay attention to that whether he likes it or not.

In college William learned to use his intelligence and façade to attract attention so people wouldn’t look too closely at the rest of him. He dresses in amazing suits, wears notice-me glasses, and has a head full of long beautiful locs, aka dreadlocks. So when he meets people at business functions and has to make small talk (something he admits to being horrid at), the conversations tend to hover around the weather, his clothes, glasses, and hair until he can finally move the discussion on to financial business talks.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Nate, a man who lives to be in the limelight. He’s an actor, a theater director, a drag queen, and a teacher. He’s amazing with small talk, making strangers fall in love with him at the drop of a hat.

These two men meet while Nate is working as the geisha Momo at one of William’s work dinners. One date and Nate starts to work his way into William’s heart and head, which throws William’s entire world topsy turvy.

He’s spent his whole life learning how to “hide” in plain sight, to only be noticed for those characteristics he’s carefully crafted to be worthy of seeing. Then wherever they go, Nate comes into his life and draws attention to them with his lively laugh and freedom.

And that’s the true conflict in the story. Brave the spotlight for the man he loves, or stay alone in the shadows…





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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press

Length: 27,000 words

Cover Image: Igor Madjinca

Photo Editing: Posy Roberts

Cover Typography: Natasha Snow

Blurb

Brave the spotlight for the man he loves, or stay alone in the shadows…

William Harris is a reserved man, private and guarded. He has no one to go home to. He’s never found a man worth sticking around for. He’s never been in love. And he’s convinced he’s happy with his lone-wolf life.

Nate Kelly is William’s opposite, social and easy going. He comes into William’s life as the elegant geisha Momo. When William realizes Momo is a man in drag, he’s captivated.

From their first date, William’s world changes. Nate is nothing like his usual type. And William soon finds out being with this carefree man means always being on display and attracting attention, which makes him want to retreat. He tries to keep Nate at arm’s length, but it’s no use. Nate’s transformed his life in a matter of months and keeps drawing him back in.

If they stand a chance, William has to be comfortable standing next to someone so at home in the limelight. Their future together and William’s happiness depend on it. Is Nate the man finally worth giving up William’s solitary existence? Is he worth sticking around for?

*Extensively reworked from the short story, The Measure of a Man.


Review

Posy Roberts has been one of my auto-buy authors ever since I read North Star. She never fails to write about remarkably diverse people and I so appreciate that. In her new short story, Momo: My Everything (which I understand is an extension of a previous shorter story--that I never read) we are introduced to two men who show that opposites can definitely attract. William and Nate epitomize the saying "first impressions aren't always correct." And the fact that William is an African-American and Nate an effeminate man made this book all the more intriguing to me. 

I loved Nate. So, so much. He's flamboyant and proud and charming. I loved his confidence in himself and the way he expressed himself through his clothes and actions. William, he was a harder sell for me. The story is told exclusively from his POV and I sorely wish we would have heard from Nate as well. I got where William was coming from most of the time, but his self-imposed rigidity about stereotypes and how a "man" should act were pretty off-putting. Luckily Nate's effervescent personality shines through in every scene so the story didn't get anywhere near as angst ridden as it could have been. I'm normally not a huge fan of insta-love but the fact that Momo is only 90 pages means that things move at a fast pace and that the connection needs to be in place pretty early. I did like the fact that once the two men meet, they do take things a little slow and that they don't jump into bed together right off the bat.

Even though this isn't my favorite book by Posy Roberts, it's still really good and I highly recommend you check it out. Learning more about tea houses and geisha's was really interesting and Posy's characters are always memorable and William and Nate are no different. And Momo ... she'll definitely stay with you a while! Give this one a try, you won't be sorry!
 

Author Bio

Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting.

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