Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: Call Me Gideon
AUTHOR: Remmy Duchene
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 35, 000 words
RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2017
Gideon Eric Bishop lost everything when he came out—his family, his fortune and his best friend. Over the years, he’s shoved himself back into the closet. Going by his middle name, he’s successfully remained celibate, kept to himself, and life has taken on some semblance of normalcy. Then he gets a phone call from his mother, begging him to come home as his father is gravely ill, but Gideon cannot figure out why his presence would matter. Still, like a dutiful son, he returns to the fold and walks head first into Kellan O’Brien.
For as long as Dr. Kellan O’Brien has known what love was, he’s been in it with Gideon. Kellan felt things for the then eighteen-year-old he was pretty sure would send him to hell. But Kellan was too old, and Gideon wasn’t gay.
When Gideon vanished one night, Kellan’s heart broke, and he tried to move on as best he could. But then Kellan’s fiancé dies in a horrible accident, and Gideon returns to Byers Pass, and it all seems to be coming full circle.
But Gideon has put himself so far and so deep back into the closet, Kellan is positive not even love can reach him.
Sometimes, life throws you into situations that test you; everything happens for a reason. This is exactly what happened with Gideon. Coming out isn’t easy for many and doing so cost Gideon Bishop everything. There were many doors that were closed to Gideon Bishop but of course, the trials and tribulations for his life opened the doors to his eventual happiness.
Gideon changed and hid himself essentially putting himself back into a self imposed closet. And he was happy. Or a living an empty version of happiness. A call from his mother one day opens the door to his old hurts and an opportunity for an unexpected happiness.
Kellan has loved Gideon for as long as he could remember he was in love with that younger man. The age difference between the two kept Kellan away. Gideon left and Kellan moved on with his life as best as he could, even becoming engaged.
But Fate shuffled her feet and certain events lead the two men to each other again.
This is a story about forgiveness, redemption, healing and second chances. The author took you on somewhat of an emotional roller coaster with this book but the journey was bittersweet. I liked these characters a lot. The storyline I thought, was absolutely well done. This story started off with so both characters having so much regret and sadness and shame. That’s what made the story that much more sadder for me. Both of these men were filled with shame for their feelings and who they were. Their shame was imposed onto them by others and much of it was self imposed. One they broke through that barrier, these men were able to find themselves; the best part of themselves and that is what made their happily ever after that much sweeter.