Shining Victory by KC Kendricks

Amber Allure

Amber Quill Press

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60272-422-8

Reviewed by Cassie



Although he would normally stay out of other peopleís confrontations, Stacy James steps in when someone calls an attractive young man at a car show a fag.  The resulting confrontation sends him fleeing before the guy he punched gets the idea to call the police.  The young man, Levi Wright, tags along. 

Stacy is fifteen years older than Levi, and events in his past make him leery of younger men.  Still, heís attracted to Levi, who has issues of his own.  Can Stacy and Levi work out their problems and be together?

Shining Victory had a lot going for it.  I liked the older man / younger man angle, and Stacyís past issue was something I hadnít seen before.  I also sympathized with Levi.  Their interactions were hot.  The problems with Shining Victory, in my mind, were that it was told in first person, leaving me to guess at Leviís motivations and feelings, and that the some of the dialogue (both internal and spoken) came across as stilted and unrealistic.  While lacking a bit of depth, Shining Victory is a read for when youíre in the mood for something quick and hot.


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