Book Reviews

Gideon's Wish by Bryan T. Clark at Cornbread Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 10-May-2021

Book Blurb

He might be Mr. Right, but their timing is all kinds of wrong…

Gideon Miller is done letting his heart do the thinking for him. Been there, done that, still has the emotional scars to prove it. Besides, he’s leaving Los Angeles soon. There’d be no point in starting up a new romance now. But when he meets the off-the-charts sexy, ex-military man next door, Gideon starts to question everything…


Isaiah Williams needs a fresh start. With his time in the Navy—and a painful, toxic relationship—behind him, he’s ready to start a new life. Now all he has to do is figure out how to keep his matchmaking mother out of his business…and how to not fall for his sweet, nerdy, and entirely too attractive neighbor…


They’re complete opposites with nothing but trust issues in common. Their timing? Terrible. And yet…none of that matters when they’re together. Will love be enough to get Gideon and Isaiah to happily ever after? Or are they destined to remain star-crossed?


Book Review

Gideon’s Wish was… interesting. Yes. Interesting is how I will categorize this book. There are a plethora of topics within the span of 260 pages - some subtle and some not-so-subtle plot aspects. Allow me to break it down a bit.


Gideon. Free spirt, self-employed, highly devoted to his parents and family and very comfortable as an openly gay man. Gideon is leaning what it means to live as HIV positive person and how this impacts a potential new relationship. Gideon’s last relationship left his heart stomped on, emotions tattered, and his body to cope with HIV.


Isaiah. After years of being Navy military police, Isaiah has chosen not to re-enlist. He has applied for and been accept to the Los Angeles Police Academy. Isaiah is used to living in the military closet of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and now with the LAPD, being open about his sexuality is not something he’s used to. Isaiah is African-American, with a very conservative-Christian brother and sister-in-law, so there are some additional hurdles in his life.


Gideon and Isaiah make an interesting couple. The author touches on what it is to be HIV positive and addresses some of the assumptions that are prevalent today – how it is contracted, what modern drugs can do, blood exposure, and being in a relationship. This was deftly woven into the characters’ conversations and didn’t come across as a massive info dump.


Through Isaiah’s point of view there is the complexity of not only being an African-American man navigating the military and police academy, but also a gay. It is through Isaiah that Gideon learns that not every gay man is able to be open and comfortable about his sexuality and why. The author touches on being gay in the military, a mix-race couple, family disapproval, and coming out. I thought these topics were also deftly woven into the context of the story.


So, yeah, interesting.


I did have a couple of very minor quibbles. There were repetitive aspects to the topics via the character’s inner dialog, where more than once I found myself muttering, “I already read this! I got it! You’re worried!”. And my other small note, this IS an angsty book. Significantly more than I thought it would be. I struggled a bit (just personal timing and life) and really had to focus on other aspects.


As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot happening in this book. Interesting topics that were well addressed, engaging characters, and a happy resolution. A solid read for a rainy weekend, a commute, or quiet downtime.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 274 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-May-2021
Price $1.99 ebook
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