Book Reviews

Love and Linguistics (Movie Magic Romances 2) by Tara Lain at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-November-2019

Book Blurb

In his neighborhood, El Martin stands out, and that can be life-threatening. Against the odds, he’s managed to graduate high school and then master IT. Now he’s desperate to get a good job to free his drunken dad and himself from the control of gang leader M2 and the drugs he sells. But with his piercings and his slang-ridden speech, El looks and sounds like a Bronx gangbanger, and potential employers won’t give him a second look. So when El hears about Henry Fairhaven, PhD, linguistics researcher and wealthy New York socialite, El takes his life in his hands to escape from M2 and ends up sleeping in the stairwell at Henry’s building, hoping to learn how to speak.


To Henry, who wants to prove himself as a scholar and not merely a rich dilettante, El isn’t only the most beautiful man he’s ever seen—he’s also the key to getting a paper published on Henry’s ground-breaking linguistics methods before a competitor beats him to the punch. But Henry doesn’t tell El the truth, and El thinks Henry’s helping him because he cares.


El’s dreams collide with Henry’s ambitions at the elegant Met Gala, where El captivates a prince of Silicon Valley. But the real collision comes when M2 tracks El down and Henry has to choose between the validation he craves and a future with the man he’s come to love.


Book Review

“The majesty and grandeur of the English language, it's the greatest possession we have. The noblest thoughts that ever flowed through the hearts of men are contained in its extraordinary, imaginative, and musical mixtures of sounds.” Rex Harrison - Professor Henry Higgins

El Martin, of ‘Love and Linguistics’ by Tara Lain, wants a better life for himself and his father, but the odds are against him. El has grown up in a bad part of town where very few have any desire to be anything other than what they are right now; they are poor, unmotivated, and controlled by a gang that is run by a bully called M2. Life has not been easy for him, but El has managed to acquire the skills he needs to get a better job. He realizes that it will be hard, but knows that it is something he has to do.

El sneaks away from the neighborhood to go to a job interview. He has the qualifications but unfortunately, many people judge him by the image he presents, not by what he can do. When El doesn’t get the job he is discouraged, but the interviewer gives him some tips: dress better and do something to improve his speech, along with a business card for a linguist, Dr. Henry Fairhaven. El’s desire to save him and his father motivates him to go forward. El searches for information on his “antique” computer until he finds Dr. Fairhaven’s address, goes there, and hangs out in the stairwell until he gathers enough courage to go to Dr. Fairchild’s office.

When Dr. Fairchild comes down the stairs and spots the young man, he is not sure what to do, leaves him there, and returns to his apartment. To his surprise, El shows up later, saying he was referred to him for help in learning how to speak properly. Earlier, Dr. Fairhaven and Margo, his “star” student, were discussing how Henry needs someone for his latest project that will show the world that he is the best linguistics expert of all. After meeting El, Henry is convinced that El just may be the “Eliza Doolittle” he needs to do so.

Henry tells El that he is willing to help him for free if El commits to work very hard to accomplish his goals. El is thrilled with the opportunity. He readily agrees. El moves into Henry’s apartment, and, with the help of the doctor and Margo, begins the grueling task of ridding himself of his deeply ingrained street style dialect. El has little idea how difficult this task is going to be. When Henry’s attraction becomes too strong for him to manage, he moves El to Margo’s, under the pretense that it will be better for his studies if they have some distance between them. El thinks it’s because Henry is frustrated with his lack of progress. El doubles down on his efforts, determined to prove him wrong.

Tara’s tale is an innovative, more modern, darker presentation of ‘My Fair Lady’, yet keeps a lot of the movie’s charm. One of Tara’s trademarks is presenting atypical characters who, against all odds, rise above difficult situations in order to have the lives they deserve. Thanks, Tara, for a delightful story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 218 pages/73883 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-November-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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