Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous - and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum-wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone's throw away from Dumpster-diving.
Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot.
No wonder Noah becomes Wiley's biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley's cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire.
Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley's sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making.
When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears. But, as they say down in Dixie, it's all good.
©2014 Nick Wilgus (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
YES! This story was so heart wrenching, Noah is by far my favorite character. He is always smiling, always willing to love...its beautiful. Wiley is adorable, his nervous sarcasm, his off hand jokes, the fact that he is who he is and does his best for his son, it really tugs the heart strings.
emotion, his voice...he has just the right amount of sass for Wiley. Noah has a perfect amount of curiosity and even though he mostly signs his stuff, you get the feeling behind the words.
NOAH! hes adorable, I just want to snuggle him up and watch Iron man with him over and over.
DO NOT JUDGE THE BOOK BY THIS REVIEW!
Sadly, I had to DNF this audio book.
I cannot properly do it justice of reviewing it and I don’t think it’s a bad book. It’s just the narrator was really turning me off and I couldn’t make myself finish it.
I tried and tried.
First: The writing is excellent and the humor is plentiful. If you are looking for a book about being gay in the South I think you will probably like this book. However, the “romance” part of this book is not it’s strong suit – so if that is what you are looking for, I’d say: Keep looking. Wiley is a difficult character to like and I just never quite got there. Jackson seems awesome, and I didn’t ever see why (besides being the only gay guy around) he’d be interested in Wiley.
Two: I have the audio version of the book, and I just couldn’t listen to it anymore. The narration is done by a guy who has a great voice and he does a nice job with the dialect and the emotion, he’s funny and makes for a great character, but I couldn’t buy him as a romantic lead. He seemed way too old for the character and to me it felt like Grandpa telling about his romantic history, very off-putting. I just didn’t like it and could not get into it.
Three: Be warned, at one point Wiley and Jackson break up and Wiley is with someone else. It’s not cheating exactly, but it can put some people off. It’s part of his growth as a person, and as such is important to the story, but some people just hate that. So fair warning.
I’ll stand behind the idea that the book might be great, but as a review for the audio version I can’t recommend it.
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