By: Taylor V. Donovan | Other books by Taylor V. Donovan
Published By: Anne Tenino
Published: Jul 15, 2011
ISBN # NNTNNA000002
Published By: Anne Tenino
Published: Jul 15, 2011
ISBN # NNTNNA000002
Word Count: 34,000
Available in: Epub, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket (.mobi), Adobe Acrobat
DescriptionAt twenty-one years old, Richard Lewis Bancroft was on the fast track to fame and fortune. An award-winning start on the Broadway stage led him to the silver screens of Hollywood, where his star began to rise, and his heart fell hard for professional baseball sensation, Manuel Guzman. But there was no script for living out loud with the man of his dreams in the world of 1964.
Then Richard disappeared without a trace.
Forty years later, Michael Spencer discovered a journal in his grandmother's attic that would change his life forever, and quite possibly, solve the mysterious disappearance of Richard Lewis Bancroft.
Reader Rating: (35 Ratings)
Excerpt:From Richard Bancroft’s diary:
August 21, 1964
One more guest arrived today; just in time for supper. That he is not an actor, producer or business man is obvious from his manners and physique. He is taller than the rest of us. Stronger. His shoulders are wide enough to carry the weight of the world. His legs are long; his arms powerful. He looks like he can either squeeze the breath out of a person from one hug alone or make them feel protected. His hair is the color of midnight, and so are his eyes. I never saw darker eyes than his… or more luscious lips. He reminds me of my favorite treat. His lips are plump as an apple, and his skin the color of the caramel I very much love to lick. I have met Latinos before, but none that can compare, or even come close to him in looks and charm.
When I first saw him my body temperature elevated so much I felt feverish. In a matter of seconds I went from feeling cool and collected to dizzy and weak. He said hello and the muscles in my stomach cramped… and lower… down there… I ached…
That was not normal, and because I had been out on the sun so much, I thought I was suffering from heat stroke.
His midnight eyes sought out mine and I could not breathe. I was not sweating, but I could feel my skin was flushed… probably red. He looked away and I felt confused… lost... He talked to some of the other men and I felt agitated. Then he got closer and my pulse got faster. He smiled at me and I felt disoriented… I could not remember where I was. By the time he shook my hand I was hallucinating… images of him picking me up and carrying me up the staircase would not leave me alone. And when he released my hand and turned to greet the next man all I wanted was to drag him out of the dining room and hide him somewhere safe… somewhere those sexual vultures could not get to him.
It was the strangest behavior I have exhibited in my entire life.
I thought about excusing myself, but I did not. Even though I had just met him, something inside me balked at the idea of being away from him, so I stayed. I dealt with my drumming heartbeat and pretended it did not skip a beat every time he glanced my way, and somehow I worked up enough nerve to ask him to sit next to me.
He did. He talked to me; smiled at me… He asked if he could keep me company tomorrow and I said yes. Absolutely. A thousand times yes.
A timid smile passed between us. A veiled but intense look… A brush of his fingers against mine under the table… That’s when I realized it was not the Florida sun that had so unexpectedly hit me, but a marvelous Cuban man who now has me under his spell.
His name is Manuel Guzman and I cannot wait to see him tomorrow.
Reader Reviews (10)
Submitted By: enjoy on Jan 19, 2013I was sucked into this story from the moment I began reading, I knew it would be good as I have read many titles by the same author. It really brings home the truth that sometimes good people have to do bad things just to make things right for the ones they love. I enjoyed it very much.
Submitted By: kammrm68 on Jan 11, 2013I really really want a sequel or more prequel to this story. This was a good story and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what happened.
Submitted By: trix on Jan 1, 2013Donovan effortlessly balances past and present, romance and mystery. The love story sometimes takes a back seat to the whodunit (and some may wish for more onscreen love scenes), but its angst and tenderness is touching. The plot twist genuinely took me by surprise, which doesn't happen often. The grandmother is a bit of a cartoonish harridan, but makes an effective villain. This might be a good entry point for those new to m/m.
Submitted By: WillParkinson on Sep 28, 2012This was an amazingly well-written story that melded past and present in a delightful way. The characters were vibrant and believable, the writing was top-notch. This book definitely goes on my shelf of favorites.
Submitted By: fl_chef379 on Jul 9, 2012This was a great book! I enjoyed reading it. And I'll be reading it again.
Submitted By: SophiaRose1816 on Apr 18, 2012This was a beautiful book of a story within a story. There is the modern story of a young guy coming of age and trying to learn about himself through his family's secretive past and that past story unveiled through journal entries. It is so poignant with good storytelling and wonderful characters. I loved the build up to the end's unveiling. It is novella length, well written and perfectly paced.
Submitted By: yummyskarsgard on Sep 24, 2011This is a really well written story. I didn't want to put it down!
Submitted By: dece1 on Sep 6, 2011This was a romantic story, which was also give a history lesson. We may think same sex relationships are hard now, but what Richard and Manny went through shows us how far we've come. It is also reminder of how much much further we need to go. It was a wonderful find under free read. If you're looking for a story with high amount of sexual tension, this story is not for you. But if you're looking for a good old fashion love story, here it is.
Submitted By: dozyllama on Aug 29, 2011Stunning. I absolutely cannot believe that this wonderful book is FREE! I would willingly have paid for this brilliant story. A young gay man in 2011 discovers his grandmother has hidden a huge family secret for over 40 years. The final revelation is slightly cliched but hey - it worked and worked really well. I will definitely be looking at this author again. Well done.
Submitted By: MJJ260 on Aug 27, 2011One of the best books I've read--and it was a free read! I would have paid for this book, given some of poor writing I have paid for by lesser authors! The interesting thing is the characters were so well developed, even though the reader learns of them second hand. I didn't want it to end. Hope to see much, much more of this author's work in the future.