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Exes and Ohs

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Drake's family is a challenge, but they're not his only one on an unavoidable family weekend. One ex-boyfriend cancels at the last minute, and another ex-boyfriend fills in, just so Drake has company when he comes face to face with his original ex for the first time since their breakup. And oh yeah, there's a wedding.   

Are we ever truly rid of our pasts... the pain and fears they can leave us with?  Some hurdles don't just seem insurmountable... sometimes they really are.

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everett Weedin jr

   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

This is a remarkably satisfying story.  Headstall exercises all the virtues evident in Cards on the Table, this time in a more concentrated narrative and cast of characters.  The two main characters, Drake and Jimmy, complement each other fully in Headstall's characterizations of them, making a couple whose regard, concern, care, and love for each other is thoroughly developed.  Each is tested by his personality, past history, and the present narrative to which their differences contribute.  Though there is much affecting and tender affection between them, Headstall does not allow easy sentimentality.   Drake and Jimmy earn their mutual trust and faith in each other, which brings them through the stretches of desolation and frustrations that each must suffer.  And much of the narrative's unfurling occurs in the exquisitely composed conversations between them and with other characters.  Headstall's dialogue is pitch perfect.  The reader hears the protagonists realizing, working out their thoughts and feelings as they discover themselves and each other.

 

The other characters play important roles as well.  There are some very pleasing scenes of the bigoted and weak being told off.  This reader cheered.  And often during the story laughed out loud.  Oh, and there's a dog.  Every story is improved by the presence of a dog (or a horse, or even both).  I honestly cannot imagine any reader who would would not admire this story. 

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JeffreyL

   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

 Drake has plans to go to a family wedding. When his ex-boyfriend  backs out at the last minute, a frIend from work agrees to pretend to be the ex. Headstall has created two great characters and an interesting supporting cast. His writing makes the dialogue and plot most enjoyable. Will Drake and Jimmy survive pretending to be a couple? I recommend you read this story and find out.

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