Lola Dances by Victor J. Banis
MLR Press
M/M Historical
ISBN: 978-1-934531-42-6
Reviewed by Ley

 

   

 

Terry Murphy knew his dream of being a dancer was out of place for a boy growing up in the slums of the Bowery.  And for a boy of his physique, pretty and very effeminate, he was an easy target for teasing, ridicule and predators of all kinds.  Raped by a man of money and means, then forced to flee the Bowery with his brother, Terry’s life moved further away from his dream of being a dancer and more into a life he didn’t want or deserve, until the day opportunity presented himself and Lola Valdez was born.

Lola Dances is a unique and awe-inspiring story.  Recommended to me by someone, I was pleasantly surprised by the contents of this book.  Victor J. Banis did an excellent job of creating two wonderful characters that resided in one person. Terry brought out my protective instincts and I was angry at the pain and mistreatment he suffered.  Lola, on the other hand I just knew from the moment she appeared she knew how to take care of herself.  Lola was able to draw from people, men especially, the love, passion and respect that Terry craved.  As Lola, Terry was almost untouchable, but to my greatest surprise it was Terry who truly found love just for being Terry.  I very much enjoyed this story and I Joyfully Recommend Lola Dances.

     

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