Saturday, March 10, 2012

Angels on Top by N.J. Nielsen

Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Holiday
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  
Marlowe Shelby Weldon is celebrating his twenty first birthday with a party. Guests include family, friends and Marlowe’s cousin’s new neighbor, Angelo Linford. There is an attraction between them, however Marlowe is gay looking for a boyfriend and Angelo is merely looking for a friend.

Angels on Top is an amazing upbeat story. From the beginning, I was impressed by the hilarious banter. Yet humor is not the sum total of the plot. The storyline exhibits admirable examples of emotional turmoil, in addition to mental abuse. Angelo’s parents, especially his father, are fanatical control freaks. Angelo was not allowed to have his own opinions or make his own choices. Sadly this is a reality for many people. Being raised in a homophobic environment, Angelo has problems recognizing his feelings for Marlowe as love beyond friendship. Angelo had the painful task of retraining his mind to observe himself and others without gender labels, also to accept that love is love, no matter what their sexual characteristics are. Openly gay Marlowe desperately tries to present a smiling face to the world while hiding his unreciprocated love for Angelo. Marlowe’s fantasy is to find someone who can love him for who he is.

N.J. Nielsen’s Angels on Top is a beautiful happily-ever-after saga. The splendid characters are thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring a warm and comfy sensation around the region of the heart.

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