REVIEW: Gideon’s Wish – Bryan T. Clark

Gideon's Wish - Bryan T. Clark

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

He might be Mr. Right, but their timing is all kinds of wrong…

Gideon Miller is done letting his heart do the thinking for him. Been there, done that, still has the emotional scars to prove it. Besides, he’s leaving Los Angeles soon. There’d be no point in starting up a new romance now. But when he meets the off-the-charts sexy, ex-military man next door, Gideon starts to question everything…

Isaiah Williams needs a fresh start. With his time in the Navy—and a painful, toxic relationship—behind him, he’s ready to start a new life. Now all he has to do is figure out how to keep his matchmaking mother out of his business…and how to not fall for his sweet, nerdy, and entirely too attractive neighbor…

They’re complete opposites with nothing but trust issues in common. Their timing? Terrible. And yet…none of that matters when they’re together. Will love be enough to get Gideon and Isaiah to happily ever after? Or are they destined to remain star-crossed?

Gideon’s Wish, a standalone, steamy, lightly angsty, M/M contemporary romance, features a loveable, openly gay handyman and the not-so-openly gay alpha male of his dreams. HEA guaranteed. Download today and get ready to fall in love with your next favorite read.

The Review

Gideon Miller left his home of Costa Rica at the age of twenty-four, to do some renovations on his deceased grandmothers house in Los Angeles.  The renovations will help in making the house a rental and bring in some extra money for his parents. His parents own the Pacuare Rivers Econolodge in beautiful Costa Rica, a place that Gideon loves.

Gideon is smart and can tear down and fix anything. He has a great personality and is very opened about being gay. He misses his parents and worries about them, but he hasn’t faced the fact that his parents are doing fine. There was another reason Gideon left Costa Rica, and he’s hidden it from his family. He made a huge mistake and he punishes himself for the outcome.  

Isaiah Williams has just returned home to his Mother’s house. He’s served twelve years in the Navy, with the military police. He’s very regimented in most everything he does. He has a plan already for his life and has signed up for the Police Academy.  He also spent years being in the closet and has trust issues. He made his choices based on someone who he loved and thought they wanted the same thing.  He has it in his mind the “type” of men he would cautiously date. Isaiah is very sure of himself and thinks he has everything planned perfectly.

Daisy Williams is Isaiah’s mother and Gideon’s neighbor. Daisy has been talking to both Isaiah and Gideon about each other. She believes she has the knack for matchmaking.

When Gideon and Isaiah meet and start the process of learning more about each other, there’s a little spark. Will a relationship be able to grow between them, or is time running out? With their bad experiences, both of them had made up their minds not to have someone in their lives.  

Bryan T. Clark crafts an amazingly, heartfelt, emotional, romantic, love story with “Gideon’s Wish”. Gideon and Isaiah’s characters are very believable, and I found so much to like about both of them. Gideon brings with him the love and caring of family and life itself, and what he wishes for himself. Isaiah shows his strength in dealing with his sexuality and standing up to his brother. His solidness, logic and understanding are a big plus in his and Gideon’s connection.

Clark also brings to the forefront some very important subjects:  safe sex, HIV/AIDS, intolerance, religious beliefs and family issues.  How perception of one another and just the simple things can change what an individual thinks and feels. 

As always, Bryan T. Clark delivers another solidly, well written, love story that’s entertaining and will warm your heart!

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams. 


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