Kingsley and I
By Chrissy Dionne
Mar 16, 2008 - 5:19:10 AM

Falling in love is an experience to be treasured regardless of if your sexual orientation.   For the main character in this tale it’s a carefully documented series of events and self discovery and readers are treated to each step of his journey into not just love but his first and only gay love - Kingsley.

The journal entries begin on August 8th when he first sees Kingsley during a meeting and establishes a friendship that quickly spirals into lust but in a way both men are comfortable experiencing.   They take walks, go hiking, watch movies, and go out to dinner . . . all the normal stuff couples do.   But underneath the normality is a deep craving that is almost overwhelming. He begins to question his own needs and wonders if what he's experiencing is normal.   Jealousy, insecurity, loneliness, but above all, a deep abiding love drives this couple to uncover what is real and what they may only be imagining.   This book spans over a seven-month time period with the main character expressing feelings, questions, and confusion through these journal type entries filled with sexual escapades and unexpectedly tender moments and nothing is excluded - including the disapproval of the main characters family.


Anyone who's ever kept a journal could tell you the freedom you experience in being able to freely express your feelings just by writing them down.   In Gary Martine's KINGSLEY AND I readers are treated to a rare opportunity to delve into the mind of a man as he experiences his first same sex love.   I found myself drawn into the characters lives and wanted to know more about each of them but by the end of the book I was satisfied with their relationship and even a little envious of the friendship that’s so obvious simply in the way they crave just being together - sexually or otherwise.


The book does contain a lot of graphic sex but the scenes are told openly and honestly with a hint of innocence - almost like the main character is trying to understand exactly why he desires Kingsley with such intensity.   I do believe it's the way which Mr. Martine presents this story with such a passionate nature and obvious love for the characters that brings this tale to life in a way that is personal and memorable.

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