Title: Good As Gold
Author: Susan Laine
Series: Heroes At Heart series, book 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 7/16/2016
Genre(s): LGTB Romance
Page Count: 63 pages
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“It’s been two and a half years since aspiring writer Yancy Bell met troubled jock Curt Donovan. Yancy works at the NY Public Library, and Curt is studying dance at Juilliard. It’s summer in New York City, and the devoted couple couldn’t be happier together.
Yancy’s book is the story of Curt’s survival of depression and attempted suicide. When his former English professor, Hume, encourages him, Yancy is surprised and pleased—only to be devastated when Hume commits an unethical act. This adversity leads Yancy to a new understanding of depression as he spirals down to his lowest point ever.
It’s Curt’s turn to step up to the plate and become Yancy’s hero.”
Review: “Throughout the summer, I can’t count the numerous times that articles were published where the headline was about an author had plagiarized or stolen another’s novel and called it their own, simply by changing a few features here and there. If their stories didn’t make the headlines, the social media with the help of bloggers took care of carrying out the culprit and having their books pulled out of the major selling sites if possible – in the summer of 2016 alone, I was the witness of such going ons and it astounded me that any writer would be proud to steal the work of another and reap in the rewards for their blood, sweat and tears. In Susan Laine’s Good As Gold, I sympathized with Yancy – the author had worked so hard to have his novel published that when he found out that Hume, another author he personally knowns, had stolen his entire work he was devastated. And understandably so. As Yancy comes to arms with the latest events, he turns to his lover Curt for support and to pull him through the darkest moment of his lift.
Good As Gold is a short novel at roughly 64 pages long and is a part of a series that I haven’t had a chance to read beforehand which probably would have been a great start since I missed out on much of the dynamic that exists between the couple as well as their history. Although the fact that Yancy took the events to heart, going so far as to contemplating suicide, I had wondered if it was too much and then I remembered that not all individuals are capable of handling the same pressures in life and react in different ways to the challenges they are presented with. It was an emotional novel that made me wonder what I would do if I was in Yancy’s place and I couldn’t have applauded Curt more for everything he had done all things considering. This couple had it all for me: charisma, chemistry, sensuality, love and understanding, making Good As Gold the type novel that I’d recommend to others, but specifying that the series should be read as a whole.”
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