Monday, January 7, 2008

All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

Where to begin? I fell in love with the character of Jules Cassidy when Ms. Brockmann introduced him in her second Navy SEALs book. He's the first gay character I've read who comes across as a real person and that's an amazing feat.

Ms. Brockmann's son is gay and she has a way of writing Jules' character in such a real and loving way. He's gay, he's out, he's proud, but that's not the defining part of who he is. He's just like every other person out there who struggles with life and love.

ATTN is the story of Jules and the love of his life, Robin. Robin was introduced a few books ago. He's the half brother of one of the women married to one of the SEALs. Anyway, that's not important. What's important is that in ATTN Jules and Robin are getting married.

They go through the same ups and downs hetero couples do as they plan their "simple" wedding. Throw in a nosy reporter, an ex-lover, a crazy stalker, house troubles, and all the pregnancies and you have a crazy, but super fun ride.

ATTN isn't a "full" title. It's about 200+ pages in a hard cover, but I say it's well worth the $16.95 I paid for it. It is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. If you love Jules or if you have a gay loved one you struggle to understand, this is the book to read.

At the end, Ms. Brockmann writes a beautiful letter to us the reader that makes you want to stand up & cheer. All proceeds from ATTN go to a worthwhile charity and you'll be supporting a great cause.

And maybe I'm crazy, but ATTN is also the abbreviaton for attention. Hmm. :)

Rating: A-

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