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Thursday so far

I went to bed probably around 2:00 a.m. and woke a bit before noon.

I called S.M.  She was scared of driving because we were supposed to get thunderstorms later in the afternoon, so we rescheduled our get-together for Friday.

I went to the grocery store.

I looked at Dear Author.  They didn't have the Daily Deals up yet, but they had a good review of an m/m book.  After a little research, I found it was from MLR, so I got it directly from there.  That way it didn't have DRM.

I got the free book from ARe.  It was the first in a series by Mary Calmes.  (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-amatteroftimevol1-577999-149.html)  I hope it doesn't end on a cliffhanger.  I posted about it on the "Gay Books -- What We're Reading" free and on sale book thread and forwarded the e-mail about it to several people.  I got a few copies so I could give some as gifts.

Added: The people I e-mailed about it had already read it.

Slightly later: Dear Author put their deals up.  There weren't any free books.  Generally $2.99 is the top price they have as a deal price, though they occasionally go to $3.99.  I get the 99-cent ones sometimes, and often get the free books.

I read the book recommended by Dear Author, Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan.  (Review: http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/overall-b-reviews/b-plus-reviews/review-disasterology-101-by-taylor-v-donovan/)  I don't think I'd read any other books by the author before.  There was a lot of talking things out between the characters, and plot besides romance.  Cedric was very disabled by obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (*various spoilers*)  The SSRI anti-depressant Cedric was taking gave him erectile dysfunction, which was a thing Cedric and Kevin didn't talk about until late in the book, and I thought they should have discussed earlier.  It was a m/m romance, after all.  I thought Cedric should have switched meds, but it does take time for anti-depressants to build up in the system enough to work if they're going to work.  They eventually found a solution.

The review said that Kevin's ex-wife was very supportive, and I didn't think she was all that wonderful.  She was better than many ex-wives in m/m romances, but she was very prejudiced against Cedric at first.  She and Kevin had had three children, and I'm not much of a fan of children, but I suppose someone who liked children would have liked the kids.  They were okay.  When Kevin came out to them, they related him being gay to what they knew about gay TV characters, including mentions of Kurt and Blaine and Santana and Brittany of Glee and characters from Modern Family.  I was surprised by the Glee reference, but the show has had more of a cultural impact than I think I generally realize.  Again, this was a m/m romance, so it's not mainstream, but the kids seemed to be up on their mainstream pop culture.

Some of Kevin's other relatives were more supportive than he thought they'd be, although some reacted like he'd feared.  The reactions of people in Kevin's hometown were mixed, with more on the homophobic side, although Kevin got some support from some people there as well.

I liked the protagonists pretty well.  Cedric was trying to do something about his OCD, with meds and therapy, before he met Kevin, and was getting more functional.  Kevin was generally a decent guy.  It wasn't really a "Gay for You" book, and it wasn't exactly insta-love.  It had major romantic interest early on, but within the standards of the genre.  I took some things differently than the Dear Author reviewer did, but I liked the book.
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