Gay as Mardi Gras



Title : Gay as Mardi Gras

Author : Lily Velden


Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)

Genre : M/M, Contemporary

Length : 77 pages (e-book)

Published : March 6, 2013




After the demise of his relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Janey, Jesse needs to get away. His nan has just the thing: a month-long cruise around Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. It seems perfect—until Jesse realizes what kind of cruise it is.

A gay cruise.

Since Jesse’s roommate, Daniel, is recovering from a broken heart, the two decide to buddy up. They hit it off, and with Daniel now Jesse’s partner in crime, they explore the boat and participate in all the fun activities on offer—with some, ah, interesting results for straight boy Jesse.


This was a wonderful short story about Jesse discovering some things about himself. Following the break up with his girlfriend of six years, his Nan sends him on a month long cruise. He’s a bit shocked to find out he’s on a gay cruise but it’s a cruise and he’s going to enjoy it, damn it. He finds an ally in Daniel, his assigned roommate. Neither man is interested in finding love on the cruise which creates an easy companionship between the two. They decide to keep the other men on the cruise away from each other which keeps them in close proximity with each other and feelings develop.

I liked that Jesse didn’t just see Daniel and have instant lust for him. They became friends and realized how much they have in common. The sexual attraction kind of snuck up on Jesse. I think being on the cruise ended up being a blessing in that Jesse was able to explore that attraction without any outside negative influences. He never has to deal with disapproving looks or deal with prejudice from anybody. He feels some jealousy and the need to protect Daniel but that just helps things along in their relationship. Daniel didn’t push for more than what Jesse was comfortable with physically or emotionally. The love story had a really nice and believable progression. I love an instant lust story don’t get me wrong, but this seemed like a very real gay for you type story. In the end, he didn’t want just any man, he wanted Daniel.

I’m pretty happy I was given this book to review. There was so much packed in so few pages. Not a lot of stories this length seem complete, but this did. It was sexy, sweet and funny. I’d love to read more about Daniel and Jesse’s journey but I’m pretty happy the way it was left, too.

Rated 4 stars by Whit

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