Asa Hartvigsen has his life arranged to his liking. He has a tolerable job at the University Library, his apartment arranged the way he wants it, and his parents live four hours away, which isn’t quite far enough in Asa’s opinion. Asa has nice sensible plans for the evening, and he’s not that happy to have his reading disrupted by the arrival of Tan Gordon, a self-admitted party boy who reminds Asa of a stray cat.
Freelance journalist Tan has decided to be Asa’s friend despite Asa’s opposition to the plan. Tonight Tan comes over to remind Asa about a TV special, only to arrive soaked to the skin and wanting to spend the night. Asa is sure that his day off is going to be horrendous when his parents arrive for a surprise visit. Especially as Tan is still asleep on the couch and Asa’s mother, who wants to be supportive since Asa announced he was gay, has been researching the subject. Asa is sure that disaster is looming.
The blurb caught my attention right away. This sounded like a fun story far from the usual angst and thousand obstacles to overcome. And it was, even though there was a layer of anxiety underneath the surface. But the story is short and there is not much time to explore it. Both Asa and Tan are likeable characters, different from each other, but not as much as Asa likes to think.
Whom I found especially refreshing were Asa’s parents. They were a nice change from the usual who disown their sons when they come out and don’t want anything to do with them anymore. I have never before read about a mother who – to be in the picture – reads “The gay Kamasutra” and who ogles her son’s boyfriend. I particularly liked Asa jokingly complaining about the fact that his parents were NOT the usual kind who simply disowned him, but that his mother goes out of her way to actually “research”.
Actually, even though I do like sex scenes, and in fact usually complain when there aren’t any, I think that in this case I wouldn’t have needed to read one. The story has such a light and funny plot that I would have been perfectly happy and satisfied if Tan and Asa had simply discussed matters, come to the conclusion they were the perfect couple and the doors had closed behind them.
Definitely recommended for a fun short read before bedtime.
Available at Torquere Books