Title: Directing Traffic
Author: Charley Descoteaux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press. July 2013
Blurb: Neil Sedwick expects to spend his vacation in a sleepy tourist trap mourning his late partner’s death. Instead, he puts his recently acquired CPR certificate to use and saves an elderly resident’s life. But it’s the survivor’s nephew, sexy middle-school teacher Ty Bigelow, who causes Neil to reevaluate his routine and consider reopening his heart.
Though the electricity between them is undeniable, Ty is struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy, and Neil is moored to the past. Even the healing peace of an old man’s garden and the ever-changing waters of the Oregon coast may not be enough to prepare Neil to overcome a crisis of the heart.
Review: Neil is a very broken man, at least you think so at the beginning. You meet a man afraid of his own shadow in the first pages of this book. I was excited to see how he developed, healed. Then he is put in a crisis situation and he responds beautifully. Neil was sad and shy but incredibly interesting.
Ty is living with his uncle after his life has fallen apart. Again. He is also wounded, but the pain is closer to the surface, and it becomes obvious that he has never grieved this part of his life. I was excited that the two of them came together and when they hooked up I thought, great this is going to be the sweetest story about pain and love and healing.
Oh. No. Nope. Because Ty’s pain and lack of control makes him freak out. Here is when Neil earns a million points for being amazing. Yes, he fled the situation, like the smart man he is. Ty just pushed all my, you’re a bastard buttons. Neil’s best friend shows his beautiful colors and helps Neil find a way to heal, to think, to breathe..with a little help from Ty’s uncle as well.
I enjoyed this novella. There is a back and forth that kept me going. To be completely honest it felt rushed at the end. And also Ty really made me angry. I thought Neil deserved to have Ty get down on his hands and knees and crawl across all the grains of sand in the world and beg for forgiveness. Ty’s uncle saved this relationship, without him Neil would have been long gone. Not to mention Neil, again showing how he is mature and beautiful and forgiving.
If you like pain to promise stories than I would give this one a shot. It’s short, but has some interesting aspects. And the secondary characters are also intriguing enough that if this author writes about them I’m sure to pick up a copy.
Reviewed By Beans
Posted on August 15, 2013, in Beans and tagged Beans, Breaking Free From The Past, Contemporary, CPR, DSP, Family, Forgiveness, Gardening, Grief, Healing, Homophobia, Jealousy, Lost Love, M/M, Mature Men, Novella, Old Wounds, Rich, Second Time Love, Teacher, Walks on the Beach. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.