by Elen Chase
The Blurb: Liam hates high school. Since he came out three years ago, bullies have been tormenting him every day, and the school library is the only place where he feels like he belongs.
When one day he finds Dan – the most popular boy in school and Liam’s secret crush – sitting in his favorite seat, he knows that he should just ignore him… but he doesn’t. And their encounter will change his life forever.
Content warning: non-explicit underage sex
Title: A Five-Minute Kiss
Author: Elen Chase
Release Date: 10/15/2019
Genre/ Trope(s): Gay Romance; Coming of Age
Page Count: 123p.
SteaMMy Swordplay: 2 out of 5⚔(non-explicit)
Sharonica-Stars: 4.5 out of 5✨
GoodReads AVG: 5.00🌟
MMy Thoughts and Review:
I actually found this author through one of my blogging connections. I don’t remember how I made the connection, but I am glad I did. When she offered an ARC of “Five Minute Kiss,” it was a no brainer for me, because I always want to support the MM Romance genre and their authors.
This lil novie was a bittersweet coming of age romance about first loves and all the angst one goes through with the pressures of adolescence. Bullying, hormones, social status, coming out to parents, fighting for a better future for oneself are only some of the struggles our young MC, Liam, battles daily.
The Story had a bit of a dystopian vibe to it with a distinct difference in Uptown and Downtown. Uptown seemed to hold the best of everything from education to the best jobs. Downtown was gritty and slum-like and the people who lived there often traveled to Uptown for even the most menial jobs. Even the currency was different between the two districts.
I enjoyed Liam’s story, and plan to look into what happened with Dan next.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review. 💋