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Baby’s On Fire ~ A. F. Henley

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Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll! This book has it all. The story alternates between October 1974 and 1994. It’s about what it’s like to be on top and lose everything and self discovery.

Gerry Faun takes his younger sister to see international superstar, Maxx Starlight (Mark Devon), at a concert and is invited to stay after and meet him. Changes their lives forever. Gerry never found someone who was genuinely interested in him and Mark never met anyone quite so pure and Gerry (who Mark lovingly refers to as Fawn). However, given the time period… homosexuality isn’t quite the rave. Gerry’s father isn’t very accepting of Gerry’s sexuality once it’s made public and forces him to leave home. While out on the road with Mark, Gerry gets to see the lifestyle of a rock star and it’s definitely not what he’s used to. You get a sense of who is there for Mark and who is there for Maxx. The problem… Mark can’t tell who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy. Through the series of events that’s all happening in one night, Gerry has decided enough was enough and he leaves.

The relationship and that one night has been something that has been plaguing Gerry for 20 years. Gerry has made a life for himself. He has his own place, a job that he’s good at with a boss who’s not so bad (there’s a plot twist here)… but he’s lonely. And so is Mark. Now Mark must do whatever it takes to win him back. All he has to do is get Gerry to at least talk to him.

The writing, the story… well done. I don’t tend to like stories that jump back and forth in time, but this was well executed. I give it 4 out of 5 stars… it was a bit too explicit for me… but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.


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