Nate once had the love of his life, but he’s met Cameron, a New York millionaire with an eccentric cross-dressing butler.
Cameron is keen to share his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows, and fabulous parties, and while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn how to open his heart again.
But is Cameron simply second best?
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Publisher: Ninestar Press
Heat Level: 1
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Lesbian, Straight
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Word Count: 23300
Setting: New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Prague
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Excerpt – from the 60s themed party scene
Both Cameron and I had Hawaiian shirts to wear, while Rowena sported a tie-dyed sarong and an afro wig. And around us, interesting guests wore chic little skirts, James Dean-style jackets, hippie gear, and mod wear.
“You haven’t introduced me yet,” said a middle-aged woman to Cameron. Her rust-colored coat had a masculine cut. Yet she elegantly held a long-stemmed cigarette holder with something that smelled very much like a joint burning on the end.
“Sorry,” said my charming American. “This is my friend, Nathan. And this well-dressed lady is my Aunt Beverley.”
“Nice to meet you,” I said.
She took my hand and kissed it. “I hope you don’t think me too forward, it’s just that you’ve got such fascinating features.”
“My aunt likes to flirt.”READ MORE
“It runs in the family,” she replied. She gave me a measured wink. “Now, nephew, where have you been hiding this handsome Englishman?”
“It’s your accent. I never can tell the difference.”
“I need you!” yelled a girl in a flower necklace. She was the drummer of the band and was addressing our host.
“It’s time,” Cameron said.
“Time for what?” I asked.
He kissed me on the cheek and then headed for the microphone stand.
“You’re in for a treat,” whispered Aunt Beverley, her voice raspy from years of smoking.
“He sings?” I asked.
“He sings,” she replied.
A laid-back strum of the bass guitar started the song, followed by a drum beat. Then the vocal. And before I knew it, I was being serenaded in front of a room full of acquaintances. But, wow! What a unique experience.
“I’ve never seen him go out on a limb for someone like this before,” said his aunt.
I smiled politely, then closed my eyes. He was crooning. His honey voice made my soul rise out of my body and search for a dream. And in the hip nightclub that appeared in my mind, he wore a gray suit with a crimson tie, standing tall in front of the trumpet section who were waiting for their cue. And I was the only one in the club.
“Where are you?” asked Aunt Beverley in a low tone.
I wanted to say I was in love but stopped myself. I realized it was rude to have my eyes closed during Cam’s song. I opened them. He had me in his sights. I wanted to jump into the waves on his Hawaiian shirt and end up on a deserted island with just him and me.
“Would you like a toke of my cigarette, Nathan?”
“No, thank you. I think the fumes have already hit me.”COLLAPSE
Liz Gavin (author) on Liz Gavin Author Site wrote:
Did a book ever call out to you because of the blurb and then you pick it up and it turns out way different in a strikingly good way? Well, this is what happened to me with Nate and The New Yorker. Talk about an awesome experience!
I read the blurb and I thought: cute, it’ll make some nice, easy summer reading. Well, let me tell you! At first I felt it was kind of slow and then quickly the story kicks into high gear and I literally couldn’t put it down. The twists and turns, the rich characters, the rich food, and the surprise about the surprising ex! Yeah, you really need to read this one. I’ve found a new author to follow.
Handsome Nathan, who still pines for his ex that he misses dearly, is the down to earth realist and self-sufficient man that captures Cameron’s fancy while on a vacation in Europe with his friends, Lucy and Ben. Nathan has never been able to let go and move beyond Elliot, his ex, who he still sees and talks to. Or does he? As he becomes more and more enamored of Cameron we find the real story within the story.
The culprit stood at the entrance of the restaurant. Shortly cropped dark hair. Rosy lips that curved as if a sculptor had created them by smoothing their surface with the tip of his finger. His stylishly knitted red sweater hung loosely, making his upper body a mystery. And thick black-rimmed glasses that had me picturing him on my couch, reading quietly before I’d slowly pull them off his face, exposing my own superhero.
The story of Cameron and Nathan captivated me. Cameron is the rich scion of a well to do family, never having to work a day in his life, with a sumptuous apartment in Manhattan when he decides to run away for a while and escape to Prague where he meets the handsome Aussie, Nathan, on vacation with his friends Lucy, his boss, and Ben, his co-worker.
As Cameron and Nathan get closer and closer Nathan’s ex, Elliot, pops back into his life. Or does he? Here’s where the story took on the turn I didn’t expect and floored me. The rich backdrop of the secondary characters of Lucy and Ben, and Cameron’s aunt Bev and his butler’s alter ego of Rowena the transvestite, make for a book I fell in love with. I couldn’t put it down. Yes, it was summer reading all right – but was it ever excellent reading! I really recommend this one.
The writing is what really got to me. This starts out nice and slow, like a good orchestral piece and you’re thinking “nice” and then the other instruments start to chime in, each one at its exact moment in queue, until I was surrounded by a full crescendo of such rich characters, each one developed exactly right for the story, not overdone or lacking in any sense. Crazy Rowena and wild Bev, dedicated Lucy and Ben, and estranged Graham and Tony.
If you’ll notice I haven’t delved into Elliot much, and there’s a reason for that. I’ll leave Elliot for you to explore and to come to your own conclusions. Share them with me, if you will.
This book made me laugh, made me think, and it made me cry with its bittersweet tang, but most of all it really rocks!
Take a bow, Mr. Klehr.
Jaycee on Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews wrote:
I enjoy stories that tap into different genres and mixed them up because they’ll surprise you. In Nate and the New Yorker, Mr. Klehr skillfully blends comedy, magical realism, paranormal, and romance. With emphasis on sweet romance. And the author sprinkles his great sense of humor throughout the short-story; but one of my favorites is when Nathan compares his situation to a bad romance novel. That’s no way near true about this book. It’s an enjoyable, short read. Ideal for lounging pool side or at the beach.
However, some inconsistencies prevented my total immersion in Cam and Nate’s story and that’s how I personally rate books. Five stars are reserved for those that whisk me away completely. I was sad it didn’t happen with this story and that’s why I knocked off one star.
I know some people who have successfully maintained long-distance relationships but I’m a bit skeptical about falling head-over-heels in love after one chance encounter. Mainly because I’m yet to know of a successful love-at-first-sight story in real life. Granted, romance genre is full of stories where couples fall madly in love after a brief encounter. That had nothing to do with me subtracting a star from my rating. Conversely, things like the church scene in Prague didn’t sit well with me. (avoiding spoilers here so won’t get into details). I can say without spoiling it that the exchange, in my opinion, was an inch shy of disrespectful. I’m no prude – being an erotica writer I CANNOT afford to be one. In fact, I’ve first-hand experience with couples going at it on a public park in Milan and a hotel staircase in Rome. And nope, I wasn’t part of any of the couples just an innocent, unintentional bystander LOL But that scene was a bit off.
On the other hand, I loved the sweet paranormal (or magical realism: it depends on one’s belief) element. Again, no spoilers here. But if you check the author’s previous books, as I did before reading Nate and the New Yorker, you won’t be surprised when it pops up in the story. As a believer in that possibility, – yes I’m being vague on purpose LOL – it made total sense to me and I congratulate Mr. Klehr on his sensibility at portraying it the way he did. Hats off, sir!
Overall, I had a good time reading about Nate and Cam’s romance. I mean, the author will take literally on a journey through the planet. I LOVE traveling. He skillfully fleshed-out both main and secondary characters. Rowena was a delight, btw. I wish we had seen more of her. Plus, he packed a lot of feelings, excitement, and big ideas in a concise text. It is not easy to do that.
I recommend Nate and the New Yorker for everyone looking for a sweet, romantic story about two men struggling against physical distance, cultural differences, and social status so that they can find their way to one another.
So, lets just get the bottom line out of the way: this is quite possibly *the* best novella-length story I have ever read. Clinically speaking, it is the textbook presentation of the successful short story and all that should entail, but seldom does. Start to finish, beginning-to-fully fleshed middle, to ending-with-a-slight-but-interesting twist, this is the quintessential big story compacted beautifully into a short.
It would be a disservice to leave the analysis at the clinical level, because there is just heart-for-days in this journey with compelling main characters and full-bodied secondary friends and family. There is a melding of disparate worlds, made possible by a gentle letting-go of pasts best left…past. There is a resolution of souls, in this world and the next, and every last bit of it—heart and soul of it—is exceptionally, beautifully and believably accomplished with *zero* descriptive sex. And it is every bit as visceral a journey as any explicit story I’ve read.
I can’t recommend this 80-something pages of deep and abiding soul highly enough for anyone wanting a great little story, and/or anyone wanting to see how any story -short or long- *should be composed.