I've enjoyed previous works by this author and since I love the premise of older characters coming to terms with their sexuality, I was really excited to read this one.
The story meanders a little and struggles to get started.
Chapter 5 could have been chapter 1 without losing anything of major relevance. The biggest disappointment, though, was the handling of David's character.
Treating less than overtly masculine queer men as "other" and "unattractive" is a common trope in gay romcoms and one I've grown thoroughly sick of. There was no reason for David to even be in the book other than to establish the main character's standard for masculinity, which David fell far short of. Mark's internal monologues on the topic were difficult enough to read, but when he actually went so far as to state this to David's face in the name of "honesty," his social ineptitude went from endearing to off-puttingly callous in a couple of lines. I had to leave off reading for a couple of days after that scene and I had to make myself finish it.
The inclusion of a non-binary character was refreshing and the author's flair for creating a community setting served as saving graces, but if I ever had an otherwise enjoyable read ruined by one bad trope, it's this one.