Title: The Other Five Percent
Logan Vanderveer has a joke he’s been telling since college: he’s ninety-five percent straight. He did some experimenting in school, but none of the men he fooled around with inspired him to abandon “the plan”: meet a nice girl, get married, and settle down, just like his parents always said.
None of them except Ellis Floyd, who aroused desires and feelings that scared Logan. So much so that he abandoned their burgeoning relationship just as it might have become something. But four years later, Ellis is back, and Logan finds himself questioning his sexuality in a big way.
Ellis doesn’t fit into Logan’s plan. He’s happy being a starving artist, whereas Logan has sold his soul to corporate America. Ellis is ripped jeans, and Logan is tailored suits. And, most notably, Ellis is out. But seeing him again is dredging up memories—like how it feels to kiss Ellis, and that time they almost went all the way. With chemistry like theirs, Logan isn’t sure he can—or should—keep ignoring the other five percent
Author: Quinn Anderson
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hotline
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: July 10, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 158 pages
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The Other Five Percent is a book that follows a man’s acceptance of what he actually is vs. what he thinks he is. It’s a tad complicated and I took a couple of days to gather what I wanted to say about this book.
Logan is a corporate suit who identified as being straight. He runs into an old college friend, Ellis. Logan and Ellis “experimented” in college-well at least they had heavy make-out sessions anyway. After seeing each other again after a few years, they pick up where they left off. Logan originally left Ellis when Logan couldn’t deal with the possibility of being gay or even bi-sexual. Once they pick it up again, Logan is thrust right back into the same situation. Being older, can he understand and work through everything??
To start, Logan constantly denies what is between he and Ellis, by stating they experimented in college and that everybody does it. And in most cases, they were drunk when they did the experimenting. That in itself is fine, but he never drops it. They aren’t in college any longer, it’s not some “phase” he is going through, and they do not need to be drunk to enjoy each other. Logan was in constant denial of his feelings, his thoughts on being attracted to men, and his idea of a normal marriage. I wanted him to just own it. Own his feelings towards Ellis and come out of the closet!
Ellis. Ellis was not a very likeable character in this book. He knows Logan is still struggling with putting a name to what they have, yet he is all over him to admit he is gay or bi. He kept turning up the pressure and then making Logan feel guilty when he didn’t have it figured out yet. It was such a push and pull, that I just didn’t care for him.
Their relationship was off too. Maybe it was just the way I perceived it, but I got no real chemistry zipping between them. I didn’t feel anything so I didn’t feel one way or another if they stayed together or not. There was nothing really there to go on.
I am glad Logan changes his thoughts of what a normal marriage should be and does eventually accept his bisexuality, although it still seemed like he was dragging his feet with it. The ending was nice, but a big stretch for me.