Lift Me Up by Rayne Auster

Dreamspinner Press

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-61581-310-0

Reviewed by Cassie




After a bad experience involving his best friend and the elevator in his building, Avery needs time to regroup.  Unfortunately, choosing to sit on the floor in front of his apartment door in order to do that turns out to be a mistake, because a hot guy carrying some boxes trips over Avery’s feet.  Avery ends up meeting his sexy new neighbor, Dylan Kincaid, in the worst possible way—when Dylan has to take him to the hospital for a broken ankle!  Can anything good come from such a disastrous meeting?

Lift Me Up is a wild, fast-paced story.  Reading Avery’s almost stream of consciousness first-person narration occasionally felt like being in a Virginia Woolf novel.  Sometimes he was hysterically funny, other times I had to reread sections because I had no idea what he was talking about.  Avery was interesting and unique, but also tiring in a way.  I would have preferred a third person viewpoint instead, partly because I would have liked to see some of Dylan’s emotions as well.  Dylan is a great hero: sexy, patient with Avery, and caring.  The storyline involves several disasters for Avery, but isn’t too complicated.  While I got impatient with Avery several times, I thought the story was cute.  Fans of comedies, lighthearted stories, and neurotic heroes will no doubt enjoy Lift Me Up.


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