Other Love - Michael Itig
4.25 ~ Review by Leisa

Other Love is the story of shy, 42 year old Clayton, a counselor, who is bitterly lonely and hasn’t had sex in fifteen years. His apartment overlooks a cemetery where gay men meet for quick trysts, and in desperation he places a brief note in a bottle on a tomb stone hoping to find someone interested in meeting him. Outgoing Shack finds the note and tracks Clayton down, initially looking for a quickie. They begin a friendship of sorts since Clayton doesn’t immediately want to have sex, and slowly work toward a relationship. The problem? Clayton is haunted by his freakishly clingy dead mother’s ghost who is bent on preventing him from having gay sex. She pops in on Clayton and tells him how desperately she loves him, and how she’s protecting him from a gay relationship. Quite the mood killer …

Michael Itig is relatively new to M/M romance, and I enjoy reading “new to me” authors. Itig’s Other Love is a different type story – it’s not all hearts, snuggles and romance. Instead, it has an almost macabre feel at times. Clayton’s relationship with his mother, shown mostly in flashbacks, is seriously dysfunctional. She lays an enormous guilt trip on Clayton every time he even tries to mention he’s gay, and she’s determined to keep him just for herself. Her damage of Clayton’s self esteem and psyche is obvious and lasting...

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