Review: Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan

September 17, 2014 Review 0

Review: Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan

Kevin Morrison had it all. A house he worked hard for, a loving wife, and three beautiful children. But it wasn’t until his marriage ended that he realized what the void he’d felt almost all his life meant. Coming out as a gay man at thirty-six is not an easy feat, but he is determined to be true to his heart. Meeting a man who shares his values, and is good with his children would be a bonus, but when the guy arrives in a uniquely wrapped package, and has very specific handling instructions, Kevin needs to decide if he’s up for that kind of love.

Obsessed with order and symmetry, and a paralyzing fear of germs, Cedric Haughton-Disley has lived with isolation and loneliness as long as he can remember. Desperate to be normal, he makes some much-needed changes in his life. If he can commit to his treatment, he might very well be able to procure some quality of life… even if that’s all he can get, as finding love and having a relationship are only possible in Cedric’s wildest dreams. But when a chance encounter leaves Cedric wishing for more, he decides to take a leap of faith, and pursue the guy he wants.

Together the two men make an unlikely match. Cedric needs organization, and Kevin represents chaos. In order to stay together they both need to compromise, but will they be able to deal with Cedric’s issues and the potential disaster, or let it break them apart?

Title: Disasterology 101
Author: Taylor V. Donovan
Published by MLR
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: July 17, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 362
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

The title alone of this book grabbed my attention. I just love messy disasters. Those characters make for an enjoyable read. Cedric is a mess. His OCD and germaphobia are beyond severe. He does however know that he needs help to get past issues. Cedric is on medication and seeing multiple doctors for treatment. He wants to get better. He is working towards a little more normalcy in his life in every way that he can.

At thirty-six Kevin is entering a new stage in his life. He has figured out that he is attracted to men and he is ready to explore everything possible with another man. The first man he meets that really gets his attention is so far different from everything he ever expected. His pretty thug happens to be Cedric, a man that comes with enough problems to keep any relationship from progressing smoothly. Kevin knows he has his own heavy baggage in the form of three kids, an ex-wife, two jobs, and a school schedule that may make it all impossible.

Cedric and Kevin have so many obstacles stacked against them on their road to happily ever after. There are so many obstacles in fact that it took my enjoyment away from their story. I felt that their love was not enough to conquer it all. I know they were in love. It was in print in my book numerous times. I just couldn’t see how they got there with all the issues. There were also the leaps and bounds that Cedric’s progress made once he met Kevin. Did Cedric really need medication and therapy? Could Kevin have been his help all all along? I didn’t feel the romance with this one.

Favorite quote, Cedric to Kevin: “I’m gay and I want you. That’s all you need to know.”

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