Thursday, 26 March 2009

Review – Drawn Together – Z.A. Maxfield

 

 

 


The Blurb

Rory might just be a simple southern boy from St. Antoine’s Parish Louisiana, but he knows what he wants. He’s been in love with the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane, since junior high school. And now he has the chance to meet her. He’s going to chuck everything and travel 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach to tell her, and no one and nothing is going to stand in his way.


Ran Yamane is not a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He’s trusted fans in the past and been tragically wrong. So when he meets Rory he’s understandably wary, but resigned. What he’s not prepared for is his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory’s apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the fact that their lives are both thrown into chaos when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.


Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, violence


 

 

The Review

Characters:

Rory - University student, working his way through the summer days at the local hang out. The grandson that his grandparents have a special affinity with and the mad insane boy who picks up and pack everything to travel hundreds of mile - all to meet the girl of his dreams.

Ran Yamane is the artist behind some phenomenally popular graphic works – he is also a recluse and has more ego issues than he knows what to do with. Sometimes too brassy for his own good, and with is lust for attention he lets his pout and his hair come out to play as soon as he is not in the limelight.

 

The Plot:

After following the work of his favourite graphic artist for more years than he can remember – Rory packs up everything and heads off to meet his mystery woman, when he finds out she is coming to a town not so near to him. Finding out that his artist the girl who he is prepared to woo is a man doesn’t faze Rory and soon they are caught up in a race against time. There are burst of danger and some rather comical situation which eventually leads them to succumbing to the pull between them.

 

“Well.” Yamane’s muscles relaxed as Rory stroked his hair.
“Well,” echoed Rory. “I didn’t go out with Avery -- we went to play poker.” Yamane turned around to look at him. “Hey, hold still. I asked her to stake me because I didn’t have enough cash for a buy-in at the level we needed, plus I didn’t want to get anted and blinded out before I had a chance to read the table, so I needed cash for a backup rebuy. I needed a much bigger bankroll than we had. Although I normally make money, I couldn’t bear it if I didn’t and you saw me as some kind of loser. As for the present, I wanted to do something for you because I know it’s making you sick to hide your manly beauty.”
Yamane yanked his hair out of Rory’s hands. “That is so not true.”
“Ha!” said Rory. “The second you saw Avery, out came the hair and that lovely, lovely face of yours.”
“Hm.” Yamane seemed marginally appeased.

Drawn Together

(c) Z. A. Maxfield

 

Surprise Elements:

Not a lot unless you count the little old couple who gets up to more than a back door pharmacist does. Somewhere early on in the book there is one incident which was surprising due to the speed at which it happened. I lied, there was a surprise – the fact that Rory and Yamane did not get it on as soon as they could was definately a surprise for me, after reading a whole slew of books where the main protagonists fall into bed together by about page 5, it was most definately a surprise and a pleasant one to see something different.

 

Predictability:

A bit – yes, but without the predictability I doubt this plot would work as well as it did. The usual suspects were there, the good, the bad and the players on the side line – but as I said before – the plot would not work without this level of predictability.

 

Smut/Ick Factor:

Oh hell yes and there was no illusion about it when they finally took the plunge. I have to admit this was one of the areas that stood out most for me - the growing built up to getting “there”. Although there was more than enough smut in the book – believe me you won’t open the book and it’s on every page, it was an experience.

 

Positive:

Z. A .Maxfield has such a way with words and her style is something special. Her characters are always fully developed, i have not met one yet that I questioned what, who or when. The supporting cast range from the sweet old biddy to the psychotic murderess and with all the coming and goings filtering through the book - it worked for me.

The fine print of the plot takes some getting use to and it has a very clear Yaoi type feel to it. The description of Yamane also made the story for me, everything about him tick my box, from the hair to his mannerism, is little bouts of selfishness and his handling of Rory or his way of allowing himself to be handled by Rory.

The plot nor the characters are aiming for world domination, it was a fun read, and meant to give you a few hours of entertainment and it most certainly did. 

 

Negative:

While I like a book with a whole lot of spice in term of supporting characters and even some creative love scenes where suitable. I found too much of these little side stories coming into play, and while they do play a  part in the build up of the characters – there can be too much of a good thing.

There were some characters mentioned that were so strong that at time you end up thinking –I need to know where this man is going, what’s going to happen to him. From that perspective I am not sure if Ms. Maxfield will be revisiting any of her characters as spin off books – but there were one or two that really stands out ( not really a negative – but just mentioning).

 

Cover:

Do i really have to say anything else about the cover – just look at the damn thing – It’s BEAUTIFUL….. The cover was the reason for me buying this book. I am a huge fan of P.L. Nunn and this one so stands out. Another take on this book is Sharrow – great review.

 

4 Speak To Me:

Shawn Lane on 26 March 2009 at 20:21 said...

I love your new format! I still need to read this book. Just not enough time! Great job!

Erotic Horizon on 26 March 2009 at 21:00 said...

Hey Shawn,

Thanks for stopping by.... I am trying a new everything, so it's touch and go. The review format is a bit easier for me to write this way.

Take care.
E.H>

Lea on 26 March 2009 at 21:46 said...

Hey EH:

Great Review, this sounds like an interesting read. I'm not too sure if it is my cuppa but I will keep it in mind.

Thank you for taking time to write your thoughts! I like the way you have organized the review. :)

Warm Regards
L

Erotic Horizon on 27 March 2009 at 05:39 said...

Hey Lea,

Yeah M/M is not for everyone - but Z.A. Maxfield is normally more story than sex - so a good read.

Thanks for the thoughts on the format.

E.H>