Author: Rivka Aaron-Hughes
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Published: 16 March 2016
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA
Date read: 29th February 2016
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Wes loves his life traveling the Pagan festival circuit, but he loved it more when he wasn’t harangued by women a little too fond of his picture in a popular charity calendar—a calendar that mucked up his bio by stating that he’s single, but leaving out that he’s not straight.
Wes’s appeals to the company to change the bio come to nothing until Nash, a lawyer from the company, shows up and promises to do all he can to fix the problem. But though Wes quickly grows fond of Nash, and the interest seems mutual, the calendar problem shows no signs of being fixed…
Adorable. That was the word that came to mind after I finished reading this book.
Mr. March Names the Stars is a 20, 000 words novel about Wes Piedmont, and Nash Larsen. It is a contemporary LGBTQIA novel. This novel doesn’t really have much of a plot, per se. Basically, it revolves around Wes and Nash, and the problem with Wes’s bio in a popular charity calendar.
As I’ve mentioned, the two main characters are Wes Piedmont, and Nash Larsen. Wes is a homoromantic asexual who lives his life traveling the Pagan circuit with his sibling, Ivy. He pretty much lives in tents and Ivy’s truck, and only went to a hotel during the off-season. Nash, on the other hand, is a black, panromantic asexual, and also a trans. He worked as a lawyer at Silver Grove Publishing, and promised to fix the calender problem.
At first, I thought Wes was going to be like a stereotype homosexual man in some romance novels, because of his physical attributes. But as I read further, I think he’s sweet, despite the trust issues he seemed to have. And Nash wasn’t what I expected either, but he seemed like the type of character I would end up loving.
One thing I love about this book is when we learn more about the two main characters in the letters they exchanged. Because Wes didn’t have a smart phone, and the line was always crap anyways, the two decided to keep in touch via letters. It was supposed to be a way for Nash to update him about the changes to the calendar, but after a few letters, they become friends. I have always loved it when a book includes letters, or emails, or diaries—I think it’s a unique way for authors to tell readers about the characters.
There was only one thing that made me somehow frustrated about the novel. That was Wes’s reaction when he found out that Nash couldn’t stop the company from selling the calendar with the wrong bio. It seemed like a small matter to get very angry about. I mean, both are clearly attracted to one another. It seems pointless for Wes to push Nash away just because of that small mistake, which wasn’t entirely Nash’s fault. The ending scene was cute though, when Nash and Wes were sitting by the dock, looking at the stars.
Overall, I think this book is really sweet, and just the perfect length for a quick read. If you’re looking for characters that you can connect with, this may not be it, considering it’s a 20, 000 words novel and not enough to really get to know the characters. But I will still recommend this to everyone who loves reading LGBTQ+ books though, because it’s too adorable.