I was wondering what I would post. I don’t have a new book coming out, I’m still working on the same story and I was at a loss. I was over at the Loose Id site looking up Z.A. Maxfield because I’d just read a couple of hers that I REALLY liked. Drawn Together and The Long Way Home. So while I’m there I happen upon The Janitor by Jan Irving. The cover itself was worth a second look. So…I looked. I still liked it so I looked at the blurb. Here is what I read:
I’m a naturally optimistic type of person, you know? Yeah, I think good things will happen, only they usually don’t. Take Noel: even though he’s educated and rich and he don’t think he’s even gay, I want to belong to him. I want him to take me completely—Dane Connelly
Dan Connelly is a gay janitor and boxer with a soft heart and a simple outlook—he wants to meet the right man, someone who will look past his macho sport and put him in the place of a submissive. He wants to fall in love and belong to his partner.
On the surface, Noel Atherton, an intellectual, shy and sexually repressed university graduate student with a crippled leg, could not be the dominant lover that Dane longs for. But after their first meeting, when Dane disables the fire alarm in the library and lights a cigarette, Noel is drawn from his shell. Soon, Noel needs to touch Dane, exploring his sexuality for the first time. And both learn that looks can be deceiving.
However, Noel’s controlling father is appalled by the relationship and quietly arranges to get Dane out of the way and punish him for daring to love a man so far above his station.
I thought…okay, I can wait until payday. No problem. But then…I made a mistake. I was showing the book to someone and they asked if it was first person. I wasn’t sure, so I went to look at the excerpt. BIG MISTAKE! It drew me in. I went back and forth and said…I have to. I bought the book and I was not disappointed.
Jan has such a way with words. I wish I could write the way this woman does. I just want to hug Dane and keep him close, away from harm. I love that man and so did everyone, well almost everyone, who met him. I know I’ll be reading it again.
Seeing Dane’s story made my heart happy. He’s not your typical hero at all, but he shines. Man, Dane sure does shine. Noel needs Dane just as much as Dane needs him. They are great for each other and flawed. My kind of heroes for sure.
Okay…now I need to go read it again. 🙂