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Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it’s cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his spare time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.
James Gallway’s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he’s lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can’t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.
The Mating of Michael was one of my favorite books last year and to this day, I still recall such fondness for the character of Michael and his hugely empathetic & kind heart.
Hearing the book on audio was a treat.
Something about the recorded voice, hearing the deep emotions, the awkward insecurities and fears, the past hurt, the desire…it was impactful.
Michael is a sex-therapist. His capacity to to care and to help people is herculean. But because of his job, and because of his looks, he’s struggled with relationships in the past…being respected, being valued. For years he’s had a crush on his favorite author JC Guise. And after meeting him in person, Michael realizes he wants so badly to get to know him.
I loved the way the narrator read Michael. He was able to add such color to Michael’s story and I felt my understanding of the character was expanded.
James is a highly-acclaimed author, a polio survivor, and in a wheelchair. He fights to be fiercely independent, but in doing so, he blocks everyone out of his life. His story arcs were so sad and traumatic and the narrator’s voice, especially during James’ childhood flashbacks, made me feel his fear and brokenness so acutely.
The slow-building relationship, first as friends and then eventually more, was written at such a wonderful pace. Nothing felt rushed, nothing felt dragged out. And both when I read this book and again when I listened to it, I bought every single part of the story…it all felt authentic and personal.
Really enjoyed exploring this story again, and even moreso with the audio version.