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!Read Epub à A Keen Edge ß To the outside world, thirty seven year old Scott Daven has the perfect life He s handsome, rich, a successful businessman and politician with a wife and three sons who adore him When his father hires a young architect to be his assistant, Scott fights his attraction to the young man Losing this struggle would mean the destruction of his life and his political career Neil Phalen s marriage crashed and burned when a hustler tried to blackmail him After the divorce, he moved to a new town to start life over as a gay man The next to last thing he expected was to fall in love with his married boss The last thing was that his boss would fall in love with him Determined to protect Scott and his family, Neil offers to remain in the background and in the closet, but that becomes impossible when Neil s ex wife reveals his secret to Scott s wife and father As the conflicts escalate around them, the men have to decide which price is too high the cost of personal honesty or the cost of a destroyed life This was a beautifully written coming out story It did seem like Scott had it all everything until you looked deeper His wife never loved him, he pushed himself to succeed to please his father who was not pleased, he had sex with his best friend in a shallow relationship I enjoyed the way that Scott slowly peeled away the illusion, found himself and embraced his identity It was wonderful that neither Scott nor Neil let gay define them Neil was an exceptional character In love with Scott This was a beautifully written coming out story It did seem like Scott had it all everything until you looked deeper His wife never loved him, he pushed himself to succeed to please his father who was not pleased, he had sex with his best friend in a shallow relationship I enjoyed the way that Scott slowly peeled away the illusion, found himself and embraced his identity It was wonderful that neither Scott nor Neil let gay define them Neil was an exceptional character In love with Scott but never forcing Scott to choose between him and Scott s present life Neil was willing to take whatever part of Scott that he would give The angst runs high in this story as Scott wrestles with just how much he is willing to give up to truly be totally free to love and be loved I honestly am on the fence as to whether or not Scott really cheated on Paula Yes, he did break his marriage vows but Paula broke her vows and even told Scott to take a mistress She only became outraged when being gay came on the scene which added hypocrisy to the case against Paula Told mostly through Scott s POV the story takes on some heavy topics such as gay men marrying women and coming out later in life, homophobia, infidelity and the price of loving who you fall in love with regardless of gender This feel good story with its HEA ending is well worth reading A Keen Edge was a surprisingly romantic love story I don t know, but usually, debut novels by male authors, even if classified romance, tend to be too angst and realistic , and since usually real life has very few romance in it, so do the novels So I have two theories or H Leigh Aubrey is one of the few gay men that was so lucky to find a real romance in his life, and so the novel is a true romance since the biographical connotations are not ruining it, or the author is one of the last exam A Keen Edge was a surprisingly romantic love story I don t know, but usually, debut novels by male authors, even if classified romance, tend to be too angst and realistic , and since usually real life has very few romance in it, so do the novels So I have two theories or H Leigh Aubrey is one of the few gay men that was so lucky to find a real romance in his life, and so the novel is a true romance since the biographical connotations are not ruining it, or the author is one of the last example of romantic at heart able to write a romance without feeling guilty for being tender with his characters Now don t get me wrong, it s not all roses for Neil and Scott, but in a way, they are luckier than most same sex couples, and above all, they havepossibilities and I m speaking of financial possibilities than most of them It can sound meaning, above all if related to a romance, but the true is that money help a lot try to be a gay married man who wants to divorce his wife and not losing his kids, and you will see how much money helps Basically the story is probably one that many men went through Neil is 27 years old and recently divorced from a very conservative family and always trying to do the best to appease them, he married young and tried to be the perfect husband But he was not able to go through to the farce, and now he is divorced and living thousand of miles away his family who doesn t want to see him In the new town he befriends his boss s son and colleague, the 37 years old Scott Scott seems to be what Neil was not able to become, married to the perfect society wife with three teenager sons When it s clear from the first meeting that Neil and Scott are drawn to each other, I was thinking, Ok, this is a good ordinary romance, now Scott realizes he is gay and in love with Neil, and they will find a way to be together Well, I was almost right, but there was a leak in my theory Scott issimilar to Neil of what Neil thinks Not only Scott is gay, he is since he first had sex with a guy when he was 14 years old, and he is in a steady friends with benefits relationship with that same guy since then Really, it was like a bomb fall on me usually I don t like cheating man, but guys, that gave a whole different reading on Scott s character It made him imperfectly perfect Maybe it helps a bit in my liking Scott the fact that Paula, the society wife, is not exactly an easy woman to like She does all the things you can think to estrange Scott, arriving even to tell him that she doesn t like sex with him, that he is not good at it Well if you want to have a man hate you, that is probably the best way And then the reader knows that it s not true, Scott is having sex with his best friend, and then with Neil, and both of them think different It s clear that Paula is not the right woman for Scott, and not only since she is obviously, well, a woman Even if Scott is not exactly a knight in shining armour, and neither the epitome of courageous man, he is living in denial forthan 20 years , well, I really liked him I liked that he was not all over Neil from moment one, I liked that he tried to not hurt him or his family, but at the same time that he was unable to deny their love, for me it was not a sign of weakness, it was the proof that there was not easy choice Maybe the ending is a bit too much as if the author was looking through a pink glass lens, but I stated at the beginning that I think to author is a romantic at heart and so I took it as a sign that I was indeed reading a romance If you can t have an happily ever after, it s not a romance A nice, unexpected story Very touching.Three and a half stars