Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Review: Pride's Children by Evan T. Konnor

Book Review: Pride's Children by Evan T. Konnor


“Kids are great. They’re a gift and we have to take care of them.”

Taylor Jensen lived in the closet most of his adult life. He married and had two children as he established himself as a family and civil rights lawyer. When his wife dies of cancer, Taylor decides the deception should end. Taylor takes on several cases dealing with gay rights and same-sex parenting - hoping to see the law revised to allow same-sex couples to adopt, particularly the natural children of their partners. It’s a bold step out of the closet. When he meets Ethan Walker, a civil rights columnist for a major newspaper, Taylor knows his life will change. As the two fall in love and begin to establish a “family” together, a sinister opponent, wealthy and powerful, will stop at nothing to ensure their ideal fails. Set in Toronto and Southern Ontario during the real-life challenges to legislation prohibiting same-sex adoption, “Pride’s Children” weaves a tale of intrigue, romance and family love that represents all aspects of the overall struggle for equality rights that continues, in many places, even today.

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Tracy's Review: 

4 Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*copy provided by author/publisher via M/M Romance goodreads group and Don't Buy Me Love in exchange for an honest review*

I have to give this book 2 different ratings. I give it a 5 for the story. It was intriguing, interesting.  

The writing style I give a 3. While the story was great, the writing style was not. 

I don't mind when books are written in multiple POV's, but at times I wasn't sure whose head I was in. It was unclear who was talking at times. 
For anyone wondering, the majority of this book takes place in 1992. The books prologue starts in 1986, then I had no idea what year it was until a good 3/4 of the way into the book. I tried to see the technology present, to see if I could guess. I am not sure why the author did not give us the date at the beginning of chapter One, and it really frustrated me throughout.

 I felt at times like I was reading a newspaper article, and not a book. This book didn't feel like the characters were talking as much as I felt I was being told the story. (I hope this makes sense) 

I usually can't stand flash backs, but I actually loved seeing Ethan's past with Kevin. I felt the love and chemistry between Kevin and Ethan, and I was heartbroken for Ethan's loss.  

This book needed to be fleshed out. The characters had a really good chemistry, but the focus of the story was not about them. Their romance was more of a backstory, and I wish the relationship between Ethan and Taylor had been given more page time to be explored. I wanted to get to know them better as a couple. I loved what I was given, but I just really wanted more of their story as a couple. I think there were parts of the story that weren't needed and those parts could have been replaced with more Taylor and Ethan time, without compromising or taking away from the other main story, The Psycho Minister. 

Let's get to said The Psycho Minister. This was an interesting portion of the story that kept me on the edge of my seat biting my nails. I wanted to just through the book and strangle him myself. The saddest thing is that these narrow minded radicals really do exist, and believe the horrible things they preach. This is a very disturbing fact of the world we live in. 

 I recommend this book. While I wanted more of a romance, that's just my preference, it was still a good read. 

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