About Rabi and Matthew
A queer retelling of Romeo & Juliet, except no one has to bury their gays.
A decades-old family rivalry is reaching a boiling point as the patriarchs vie for a seat in Congress. Democrat vs Republican, Muslim vs Christian, Hashmi vs Swain — the Midwestern town of Arbor Hills is one spark away from an explosion of violence. So when two men find themselves irresistibly drawn together at a party, only to discover they were born on opposite sides of a bloody battle line, Matthew Swain and Rabi Hashmi know they should leave well enough alone.
The pull between them is magnetic, though, and it's too strong to ignore. Unable to resist, they meet again in secret. Generations of hatred can't temper the passionate love growing between them, but two men falling for each other in the middle of a war zone can't hold back the inevitable clash.
And when decades of political, religious, and personal strife finally come to a head, there will be blood.
"Enough queer lovers have died on the page and on the screen.
But not today."
I love that!
Here's a "modern day" "Romeo and Juliet" story, only it's also not. We all (at least I hope we all do) know the ending of that tragedy that was R&J... The author took the idea, but gave this queer couple a happy ending.
This story is very political and just like the old story, very violent, there's even a costume party! :) That's really all the two have in common though.
I loved Rabi and Matthew together. The entire time I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. You just knew something bad was going to happen because it was going SO good. The only part that kind of threw me off was, it seemed like Matthew's family changed their tune rather quickly. You don't go from a lifetime of hatred and bigotry to an afternoon of violence that suddenly changes your mind. Granted, it was pretty violent, and maybe IRL it would, but it is also fiction, so I have to keep that in mind.
Going into this knowing it is a form of a retelling with a twist, you'll be prepared for the situations that happen. If you've never read or seen R&J, then I'd suggest maybe at least watching the Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes version for some background (I personally am not a Shakespeare reader and that movie was my jam when I was like 13..and now I want to watch it :D)
About L.A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
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