Book Reviews

Gideon (Finding Home 3) by Lily Morton

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-January-2021

Book Blurb

Gideon Ramsay is so far in the closet he should be a talking faun.

A talented, mercurial, and often selfish man, Gideon has everything he should want in life. Fame, money, acting awards – he has it all. Everything but honesty. At the advice of his agent, Gideon has concealed his sexuality for years. But it’s starting to get harder to hide, and his increasingly wild behaviour is threatening to destroy his career.

Then he’s laid low by a serious illness and into his life comes Eli Jones. Eli is everything that Gideon can’t understand. He’s sunny tempered, friendly, and optimistic. Even worse, he’s unaffected by grumpiness and sarcasm, which forms ninety percent of Gideon’s body weight. And now Gideon is trapped with him without any recourse to the drugs and alcohol that have previously eased his way through awkward situations.

However, as Gideon gets to know the other man, he finds himself wildly attracted to his lazy smiles and warm, scruffy charm that seem to fill a hole inside Gideon that’s been empty for a long time. Will he give in to this incomprehensible attraction when it could mean the end of everything that he’s worked for?

 

Book Review

‘Finding Home’ is truly the perfect name for this series. Home can be many things to different people and doesn’t always have to be a physical location. In this third volume, Gideon discovers so many things about what home means to him and the lengths he’s willing to go to in order to reach it. I read this book first (out of order shame on me!), and it remains my favorite, even though I love Oz and Milo’s stories as well.

 

Gideon is Milo’s older brother and best friends with Silas and Niall since they were seven years old and trundled off to boarding school. That was the moment that Gideon stopped asking anyone for anything and boarded up a part of his heart. “… I cried and clung to my mother and begged her to let me stay at home with her and my father. She’d pulled my arms away... I’d watched them drive down the winding drive away from me…” My heart just clenched when I read this and I mourned for the lost little boy still inside Gideon. He was seventeen when Frankie found him after a school play performance and convinced him that Gideon had the talent to make it big. Frankie was a good man (then) and really had Gideon’s best interests at heart. Well, all except talking him into denying who he is because he’d never get a job and his fans would leave him. Gideon is now thirty-nine years old, a famous actor and voice performer, closeted, and using drugs and alcohol to muffle all his pain and true emotions.

 

Enter Eli. Eli recognizes immediately that this grumpy, curmudgeonly man has way too many people in his life who don’t tell him no, or sass him, or give back what he dishes out. Eli is sunny, sweet, funny, smart, and gives the snark and sarcasm right back at the famous actor who needs someone to really look after him. Unsurprisingly, the attraction is immediate between these two, but Eli refuses to act on it while he’s being paid to care for Gideon. Even when his duties are complete, he institutes a four-month moratorium believing Gideon needs to not be in any way, shape, or form swayed by Eli’s nursing care of him. Let me just say that when the four months are up, that’s one of the hottest scenes I think I’ve ever read. Yowza!

 

“I feel peaceful, Eli,” I say wonderingly as we pull back for breath. “I’ve never felt that before. It’s nice.”

“That’s because you’re settling into yourself,” he says as wisely as ever. “There’s peace in the knowledge that you like yourself enough to show yourself to the world. It’s a form of coming home.”

“No, you’re my form of coming home, and you always will be.” ~ Eli and Gideon

 

Sigh. I love this story. Everything about it just works for me although I almost wish the author hadn’t added the epilogue because then I just wanted more and more and more. I’m horribly greedy that way particularly when I’ve found an author who resonates with me and Lily Morton truly does. ‘Gideon’ has all the feels, some angst, stellar secondary characters, and a love story that brought tears to my eyes. It’s a certain reread for me.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 268 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-May-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $8.95 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RJ1LNXT