“Women's lit meets gay romance in this tepid tale of two high school lovers, one who acknowledges his true nature and the other in the closet because of an overbearing father. Since this is ground many other gay romances have trampled, Roberts makes one character a drag performer who hides this side of himself from his lovers. But even that tidbit can't pull this story out of the mediocre.
Hugo Thorson and Kevin Magnus explore their sexuality in secret during their junior and senior years of high school. Because his father is so strict, Kevin also has a public girlfriend on the side, much to Hugo's disappointment. When they head off to different colleges, they swear they'll stay in touch, but don't, drifting apart as many high school friends do.
Now Hugo's a successful actor and director who with a friend is part of a drag act that performs in clubs and at festivals. When Hugo's best friend Summer is dumped by her fiance, Hugo agrees to go to a cabin on Minnesota's Green Lake to help Summer get over her heartache.
There Hugo runs into Kevin again. In the intervening nineteen years, Kevin's gotten married, sired two children, and is in the middle of getting a divorce. True to romance tropes, Hugo and Kevin again fall madly in love, but Hugo doesn't tell Kevin about Miss Cherry Pie, his drag alter ego.
It doesn't take a genius to know that Kevin and Cherry will meet up one day, and this, and not Kevin's children or former wife, will become the deciding factor in whether Hugo and Kevin find their happily ever after.
Both Hugo and Kevin are fairly stereotypical gay romance characters: Hugo embraces his gayness while Kevin works his hardest to hide it. Both have typical parent problems: Hugo's father is dying of cancer while Kevin's is trying to micromanage his spineless son's life.
Read the rest of my review at AAR: http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=9891”