Disasterology 101 by Taylor V. Donovan

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Kevin Morrison had it all. A house he worked hard for, a loving wife, and three beautiful children. But it wasn’t until his marriage ended that he realized what the void he’d felt almost all his life meant. Coming out as a gay man at thirty-six is not an easy feat, but he is determined to be true to his heart. Meeting a man who shares his values, and is good with his children would be a bonus, but when the guy arrives in a uniquely wrapped package, and has very specific handling instructions, Kevin needs to decide if he’s up for that kind of love.

Obsessed with order and symmetry, and a paralyzing fear of germs, Cedric Haughton-Disley has lived with isolation and loneliness as long as he can remember. Desperate to be normal, he makes some much-needed changes in his life. If he can commit to his treatment, he might very well be able to procure some quality of life… even if that’s all he can get, as finding love and having a relationship are only possible in Cedric’s wildest dreams. But when a chance encounter leaves Cedric wishing for more, he decides to take a leap of faith, and pursue the guy he wants.

Together the two men make an unlikely match. Cedric needs organization, and Kevin represents chaos. In order to stay together they both need to compromise, but will they be able to deal with Cedric’s issues and the potential disaster, or let it break them apart?

MY REVIEW: Impressed. Amazed. Grateful. This book shows the truth of living with a brain disorder, as it affects everyone. The person with it, the difficulty of living in the world that doesn’t really tolerate any differences very well, especially invisible ‘disabilities.’ The struggle of trying to learn to work with the newly allowed version of yourself after a lifetime of living differently than how you can now be, honestly.
All new relationships take work and can be difficult, but adding all of these together… The fact that one person wasn’t written as perfect while the other needed rescuing or was broken and needed to be fixed was truly appreciated, as that is often the case. They each were imperfect, as all humans are, and both wanted to be loved and accepted for who they are, as humans do. And that’s what made this love story so wonderful. The human-ness of it. Yes, I loved that it was two guys. The LGBT-ness of it all was great. But the core of it was two humans loving each other and how they fought to make it work, even though it required maybe a little bit harder work than is typically given to new relationships. And to me, that was the most beautiful part of it. The realistic human-ness of their love story.
Also, the fact that it was long like I prefer, was terrific. It wasn’t excessive and needed that space for the details and intricacies that made it so much weightier and realistic.

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