Genre(s): Trans*, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Stuart Leandro knows he’s washed up, both on the big screen, and in his marriage. Then, when things take an even bigger turn for the worse one night, he winds up blind drunk and lost in a foreign city.
Thankfully, someone’s there to rescue him before his face ends up plastered all over the tabloids.
Wary of the motives of the reclusive stranger who brings the fading star into the quiet shelter of a hip but isolated loft, Stuart nonetheless can’t deny his curiosity… Or his attraction. Tim is unlike anyone the actor has ever met, but underneath the mystery and quiet attempts at invisibility, Stuart discovers someone whose life has been intertwined with his own for years.
Neither could have predicted that Tim’s act of kindness would lead to one of the most intense encounters of their lives—but, are they willing to weather the media storm their extraordinary relationship will cause?
As I have yet to read a book featuring a transgendered person as one of the romantic leads, I felt compelled to sign-up for this review. The Complications of T is a 53-page novelette, so I figured that if for some reason I decided a trans-romance wasn’t for me it was short enough to not be an issue (I’ll explain in a bit how this actually backfired on me). That the blurb was interesting on its own made The Complications of T an easy yes for me. And I am oh so glad that I got to read it because it was a great book.
Not surprisingly, Tim being transgendered affected the romantic aspect that Deckard crafted not one iota for me. I really didn’t expect it to but with anything new, you really don’t know how you’re going to react until you actually experience it. And that’s kind of the point of the book as well. When Stuart and Tim first meet, Stuart is beyond wasted and only moments from having his shame plastered all over social media. Fortunately Tim recognizes him and the potential damage the unfolding drama may have on Stuart’s already floundering acting career and hauls him off before anything serious can happen. Being drunk, Stuart isn’t sure if he can trust his eyes – which are telling him his rescuer is female – or his ears – which heard his rescuer say her name was Tim. Obviously nothing happened that night, but the following day Stuart finds himself faced with an individual that he has no clue as to whether he is a she or she is a he. After a rather frank discussion between two people who are relative strangers, Stuart admits his attraction to Tim and what follows is an extremely hot scene that showed Stuart just how compatible he and Tim were. And they agree to spend the next few days together, getting to know one another while Stuart gets his head on straight. But when their time is up and Stuart pushes for more, Tim offers a compromise that I found well-thought out and quite proactive considering their respective careers.
Thankfully Deckard didn’t torture us with the terms of the compromise and I mean that in the good way. I don’t know that I could have endured their separation with either one of them today because I didn’t want to pine. I wanted Stuart and Tim together ASAP. This is where the book’s short length came back to bite me in the rear because when I got to the end, I wanted more! I would love to see the author write a sequel to The Complications of T as I want to know what happens next. How they deal with the paparazzi that comes with Stuart being an actor? How far does their relationship continue to develop? How hot would it be when Stuart and Tim reversed their roles in the bedroom? I just wanted to keep on reading about the couple and a sequel would give me an excuse to reread The Complications of T sooner rather than later.