RELEASE DATE: 13rd May 2015
BLURB: Moe Pearlman — once the 20-something protagonist of Hard — is now over 40, overweight, and going gray. For someone used to being the adorable younger guy chasing after older men, that’s not particularly easy. But Moe’s whole conception of himself is challenged when he spends Bear Week in Provincetown, an event that brings thousands of men to the tip of Cape Cod the week after Independence Day.
Still singular in his focus and sexual appetites, Moe hopes he’ll find a hot older guy — at tea dance, walking down Commercial Street, or cruising the Dick Dock — and have an intense summer fling. But things aren’t going exactly as planned. Joining him on vacation is Moe’s ex-lover Gene and Gene’s new boyfriend Carlos, so Moe has no reason to feel lonely, but when the older objects of Moe’s affection start looking right past him in favor of younger rivals, Moe is shaken to the core.
One thing is certain: When Moe gets on the ferry to go home after a week in Provincetown, he won’t be the same man he was when he arrived.
I am truly, deeply moved. It is a brutally honest, emotionally raw story that showed me aspects of being gay I’d never thought about before. I didn’t know anything about the author or the book when I started reading it. That being said I did not know it was a sequel. The first book is Hard, and if you’ve read it, you’ll meet most of the characters here and enjoy Moe’s journey a lot. Although it must give a different reading experience to those who are familiar with the characters, I had no problem understanding and enjoying it as a standalone. It gives an emotional ride to new readers as well, and it is a complete, whole story on its own.
I found the book intriguing from the beginning, loved the way the writer made me feel part of a scene I would normally never experience. However, I didn’t feel any kind of connection with Moe in the first part of the story. I was reading as an outsider looking at him with my eyes wide open… When I almost gave up, saying I can’t take it any longer, he suddenly opened up for me. Bit by bit I got to know him, got to know his past, his motivation, his history. This is a serious, thought-provoking story set in the lightest, gayest, and most entertaining place imaginable.
This book is definitely not for everyone. If you like bears or you are open-minded and you are willing to give a chance to get to know the bear community, this is a perfect read for you. I am a big fan of Bear City and enjoyed some amazing bear stories in the past. This book took me to a completely new place, showing me struggles and problems I have never read or thought before.
My heart is going out to Moe and I’d love to read more about him.
**** The ARC was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.****