Title: For The Love of Samuel
Publication Date: November 4, 2017
Length: 156 pages
Reviewed by Truus
New Yorker and aging gay man Billy Veleber who abhors growing old has lost Mitch, his former meth head lover, to his habit, and Gus, the older man in his life and mentor, to despair, when he is confronted with the chance to become 21 all over again, through the magical prowess of the dog tag of a long dead Civil War soldier, Samuel Evans. Young again, Billy abandons Manhattan for Fort Lauderdale where he meets Dare, the love of his life, whose clever quick rich venture first bonds them, then threatens to end their idyllic lives together forever. Billy also faces the reality of having to tell Dare the truth about himself.
This story touched me so much... I don't know if I can give it credit with my review.
Sarcasm drooled from the ceiling, a lot of it. A caustic view of the world, a big mouth with a vulnerable heart, that's what I faced in this read. Also very surprising was the magic used in an unbelievably way and ...damn....the magic felt so real. There was also the hard reality of life.
“I watch my diet, hit the gym three times a week,” I lie, “and dye my hair. For YOU?”
I just found this a masterful response and reflected a strong vision. Brusque of course but heh you only can admit it's damn real!
The story starts at the Civil War in a hospital, the soldier, Samuel, is almost down, dying and he gives his dog tag to the man who holds his hand...Walt Whitman!
The tag has some power in it you wouldn't believe.
We switch to Billy and his life in the here and now. A lot of shit happens to him. The moment he gets the dog tag in his hand his whole world turns around 360 degrees. The message was: I'll give it to you “Someone with love in their life. Someone like you.” Only Billy wonders....love...real love...did I have it already or will it come?
An intelligent wild story with sweat, sex, and a lot of furry bodies, high erotic at times, some unexplained magic, even some romance, and love. Tough guys big dirty mouth, leather vests, furry butts, and chests goshhh I loved it all.
It was at times so honest funny I giggled more than once.... it was educating at times... what you can do with T... I'm such a baby
The different views worked so well! Open and honest, raw and broad... The back and forth were very enlightening.
“And instead of becoming their savior, you end up being their victim.”
There were a lot of US brands I put behind because I didn't understand them, I stopped googling, I hope I didn't miss some important ones.
When Billy starts his job as bar-back and he meets Dare I witnessed something so amazing... Billy in ecstasy real fucking ecstasy because of Dare.... <3
"Thank you, Tad, thank you Samuel, and most of all, thank you, Walt. I hope you’re in heaven having every young guy you ever lusted after in your life —twice!"
A well-written story, I loved the sometimes (all the time) crude inappropriate language. This journey was fascinating and above entertaining.
So many feelings in this story. Through all the tough talk it was emotional I cried more than once. I loved this amazing story very much!!
Karma is a bitch and did a good job!
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