I’m trying out something this new today that I will try and do, if not every week, at least a couple of times a month! I have been reviewing M/M Romance novels on Goodreads for about four years now. It seems that in the last couple of years there are more and more newcomers to the genre, with as much appetite and enthusiasm for reading as I had when I first discovered the genre. One thing that I have been thinking about a lot is that many books which I read a few years ago may be easy to miss by someone looking for M/M novels today. There is just so much more to choose from, than there used to be, and the community is so big now.
Almost every day I get notifications from Goodreads for users liking some of the older reviews I’ve written. It’s always surprising because some of those I don’t even remember writing!! So that has given me an idea…Review Throwback Thursday!!!! I’m going to do a post a week for one of my older reviews that seems to be getting interest that particular week and pair it up with a cocktail. That’s right…A cocktail. My main focus for this blog is on wine, but I though it might be fun to do old school cocktails to go along with my old school reviews.
For the first one, I decided to go with the novel That’s What Brothers Do by Derekica Snake. This book is unusual, and it absolutely not for everyone, but I loved it. I read this book back in 2011, a couple of years after this book came out. I definitely recommend it cautiously, but for those that don’t mind edgy, this one is a FAB one to pick up.
For the cocktail, I have the Dirty Martini which is one my favorite cocktails and an all around classic.
Now for my review…So what is the face of evil? Is it the face of a criminal who has to corrupt a boy’s innocence to get what he is owed, but manages to make sure that that innocence if harried, and stained, remains unbroken? Or is it the face of a father whose weaknesses end up in the destruction of his family, and the sale of his son? Or even beyond that, is it the indolent face of a broken system that allows the cost of treating an illness to spiral down into a nightmare where people lose everything they have? <i>Evil</i> has many faces, so does honor, courage and strength. Sometimes they can all live in the same place…These thoughts were all floating around my head, barely a third into this book. This book is NOT easy, it is brutal, it is raw and it is harrowing. But IT IS GOOD.
Brant Williams offers himself off as payment to Wilber, the man that held his family’s fate in his hand. Wilber takes Brant, and whores him out for 10 years. In those 10 years Brant loses too much, but Wilber in the end gives him back his heart. He becomes Brant’s safety, his lover, his steady solid place. Things never do get easier for Brant. He is thrown into a hard life that becomes part of who he is and all he really knows.
These men live in a dark world, where people are killed, tortured, bought and sold and worse. And here is where perspective comes in handy. Because as much as it is hard to reconcile sometimes. There IS a place for love, even in a nightmare. There IS a place for honor and courage even at our lowest moments. There IS a place for happiness in places where it should never take root.
COMPROMISE, that’s the word I arrived to with this book. Because in life, for the most part, we can never have it all. The trick is figuring at what we’d rather have.
Brant is a martyred soul, whenever he needs to chose between himself, and sacrificing those he loves. He never chooses himself. Those decisions teach him many lessons. Like, sometimes those who you sacrifice for, are not always deserving. Or that finding something to cherish can change what you thought you wanted and who you thought you could be.
Despite it’s imperfections this story had an awesome point of view, and an incredibly generous take on morality, mercy, compassion, and right and wrong. And what those words can mean given the circumstances.
Brant and Wilber’s story ended well, with a ray of light. Did it have it’s shadows? Yes, but it still shined bright.
Not perfect, there were issues with editing and tons of typos. But I’d still give it a solid recommendation.
Hard read, but I really liked this book.
To go the That’s What Brother’s Do Goodreads page, click here.
COCKTAILS!!!! The recipe for this martini is from one of my favorite bars in Ithaca where I reside, Felicia’s Atomic Lounge, I LOVE their Martinis and have never ever had a bad one there.
Dirty Girl Martini
2 ounces Grey Goose Vodka
½ ounce olive juice
3 olives (I use the Goya bran large olives)
Shake vodka and olive juice with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with olives.
Hope the review encourages to find out more about this book and that possibly make yourself a cocktail this evening to sip while reading!
Cheers and Happy Reading!