Title: Shared Revelations
Author: Andrew Grey
Length: 63 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: m/m historical (1960′s) Romance
It’s the sixties, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to be different. Eddie Baronski spent his high school years looking out for his partially deaf friend, Jack Emmons. Now that they’ve graduated, they spend their free time at Green Bay’s newly renamed Lambeau Field, taking in the practices.
When Eddie’s crush, Johnny Grant, a new Packers team member, offers him a ride home, Eddie thinks it’s the start of a grand romance. But Johnny and Eddie may not be on the same page, and love—true love—sometimes comes from an unexpected quarter.
This story was a sweet and charming tale of young love in the 1960′s. It tells of Eddie who has a dead-end job in a paper factory. He and his friends cannot afford the tickets to see the local football team play, but manage to get in to see the players practice. Eddie is very attracted to one of the players, Johnny, and is very excited when he and Johnny begin a friendship and then more.
As I said, this story is set in the sixties, and the author really has captured the feel of the period through the lives of the characters. Eddie is in a job he pretty much hates, but is also content to work hard, knowing that at least his job is steady. It seems an old-fashioned idea now of settling for what you’ve got, rather than striving to better yourself. Eddie’s family retain traditional roles and his life on the whole seems simple and uncomplicated but with a slight inevitable melancholy which added realism to the story.
Eddie’s relationship with Johnny is another area which worked for me. It was a mixture of a grand romance with a certain amount of furtiveness needed for the time when homosexuality was illegal. I enjoyed Eddie’s narrative as he excitedly explores his feelings for Johnny, basking in the attention he gets. When things don’t quite work out at Eddie hopes, his disappointment and hurt feelings are also shown realistically. I felt very sorry that Eddie had been hurt, but liked that it became a learning experience for Eddie and enhanced his confidence.
Sometimes I find that this author doesn’t work for me because his stories can be a little too sweet. However, in this book I thought the balance was good in showing the sweetness of young love, the pain of heartbreak and missed opportunities with a romance that perhaps moves a touch too fast at the end. The epilogue was very sweet, but also cute and left me with a high awwww factor at the end.
Overall, if you’re looking for a romance which tugs at the heartstrings but provides a realistic look at a young man falling in and out of love and back in again, then you should read it. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend.