I don't know what to say about Lesley Dunlap's review of Suzanne Brockmann's All Through The Night. I normally don't want to comment on reviews on other websites or blogs but this review has me scratching my head. I suspect that I am going to channel some of Monica Jackson's "diva on a rampage" mode here so you may want to look away if that's not your thing.
From Ms Dunlap complaining about her Aunt Sally not wanting to read this kind of books to the "TMI" about sex ("Wouldn't some cuddling have sufficed?") to the fact we need a full disclosure about the gay thing in this book, I realize that indeed, perhaps gay romance isn't that ready for the big time yet. I also don't get the point that the lack of homophobia among the Troubleshooters is unrealistic - come on, the Troubleshooters are the new Justice League of America, perfect men, so of course they are also open-minded enough to accept gay men among their ranks, no? - when in the same review Ms Dunlap also complains about "more pervasive homosexual stereotypes". The stereotyping that is given as example is the two men calling each other "Babe" and "Sweetie".
Of course, there is the obligatory "I support gays!" thing:
Ms. Brockmann's personal agenda permeates the story. Her son is gay, and she is very active in organizations trying to end discrimination against gays. This is a position I support, but I'd just as soon not have it hammered it at me in a romance novel, even a relatively short one.
With all due respect to the site and the reviewer, I think this is one review that is pretty loaded in the sense that it is open to all kinds of negative interpretations. Maybe Ms Dunlap didn't mean to come off the way she did in the review, I don't know, but I suspect that reaction to this one can get ugly pretty fast. Nonetheless, this review serves as a reminder to us all, I think. Not everyone is ready for the gay thing and reviews like this are to expected once the gay thing dare to creep out to "contaminate" the pure heterosexual marble halls of the genre.