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A Taste of Honey by Ari McKay
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About the Author
Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.
Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.
McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.
May 17, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend-now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only "woman" Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It's a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.
Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a "date" with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he's as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016.
Short and Sweet with a side of Sassy
I thoroughly enjoyed this adorable short. Not a lot of angst, not a lot of miscommunication, it’s about the shift in the relationship of best friends to lovers through the discovery of sexual identity.
The main characters are Rob and Boone, both happy with themselves, both loving their jobs, and neither in any particular slump. Confident Rob has a secondary job as a drag queen that allows him to perform through song and dance, two of his great loves in life.
I adored Rob and his unflinching ability to face whatever life throws at him. When Boone finds out his mother has planned a family reunion with extras to introduce him to, he begs Rob to bring out his drag half, Honey, to save him from his matchmaking, autocratic matron. To watch Honey in action is to admire the sheer sassiness of her demeanor, so the more sedate, innocent Honey he takes for a practice date throws him completely for a loop, and the fun flies from there.
The descriptions of settings didn’t really resonate with me, but we can all picture a big old southern home and accompanying grounds, and that is all that is really needed. The secondary characters are varied, but only two really take any sort of pivotal role, and they are Boone’s mother, Olivia, and his uncle, Jack. They delighted me from the word go. Cheeky and animated, they helped drive the story along and kept me smiling.
The love aspect is a very slow burn with Boone spending most of the story clueless to his attraction to Rob, and when he (finally) realizes it, he mucks it up rather spectacularly. This is the only area in which there is some angsting going on, and it’s super short.
Well written fun with cherry moonshine on top, I’m rating this at four stars, and I definitely recommend this lighthearted, sweet read!
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