ARC Review: Lucky Seven by EL Esch
Lucky Seven by EL Esch
ARC copy provided by Gay Romance Reviews Tours and Promo
I'm not sure how I felt about this book. I tried to connect with the characters, Dante and Sven. Sven came across as intriguing, his close friend thinking he's straight and doesn't mind a gay best friend. Dante, on the other hand, has been floating in the river of denial and also trying to fit himself into the straight guy image (going out and sleeping with as many women) even if he just cannot.
Sven's situation and plight confuses the heck out of me, he claims he's treated better by people when he's Serena, but he also gets beat up for it and he gets beat up real bad! I find the contradictory. I also couldn't understand the choice of violence. Was it some sort of penance?
Dante, I feel really bad for him. I'm glad his best friend redeem himself. I was getting too turned off by the obnoxious peer pressure.
Overall, this story teaches us the power of kindness, of acceptance, of taking time to really listen to what our hearts says and how much happiness we can get by living our best truth.
I just wished I connected with the characters better.
Dante Mathers has forced himself to go out with girls in the past and he does it again when he's approached by the beautiful Serena one day on campus, desperate to prove to himself that he's "normal." But when he loses a drinking contest and is dared to go to the next campus LGBTQ meeting by his best friend, he’s not sure how to handle it. Sure, he could blow it off, but something nagging at the back of his mind compels him to go anyway. After all, his secret first crush was a boy in high school. But is he really forcing himself to go, or is he finally starting to be honest with himself? No need to overthink this, Dante tells himself. It'll be get in, get out. No need to talk to anyone. Easy, right?Then he meets Sven. Sexy, toned, wearing a leather jacket with spiked up bleach-blond hair, Sven's bad-boy flare sticks out on campus and catches Dante's eye. But there's more to Sven than his punkish looks, and Dante's about to find out all the sultry little details. PLEASE NOTE: This book has been previously published under the same title. This is the current edition.