Veiled Security

Del Mathers and Joey Dixon have graduated from university and moved to New York City.  Living there, Del tries to balance his love for Joey and his gift for performing with not being out to his family - and Venus, his stage persona, was created for that very reason.  Joey, meaanwhile, has his own issues to deal with - one of which is that he wishes that Del - the inspiration for his music and the love of his life - was out to his family.

If that was not enough, on the very night that would bring their dreams of making it big to fruition, Del is targeted by a group of vigilantes and winds up in the hospital.  Will their dreams come true? Or will they see the future they would have liked to see built for themselves be destroyed?

Veiled Security is a a beautiful story of fulfilling your dreams, overcoming a violent attack, love and patience, and of family - both the one you are born to and the one that becomes your own through association. It is also the story of a community coming together when one of their own is in need. The story is about family coming to terms with what they might have expected and/or wanted for their child versus what their child wants and needs to do for himself - and being the stronger for it in the end.  Excellent reading.

Book Blurb for Veiled Security

All relationships take work … some more than others. Budding careers, overbearing parents, and homophobic vigilantes, with all the roadblocks thrown in the path of love, it’s going to take a strong commitment for Del Mathers and Joey Dixon to build their life as a couple. But, some things are worth fighting for … Veiled Security, Carolyn LeVine Topol’s contemporary tale will be a welcome addition to your romance library.

Del Mathers and Joey Dixon have settled in the West Village of New York City, trying to launch their careers at a local and well-respected drag club. Del is balancing his devotion to his lover and his desire to perform on stage; his drag queen alter ego, Venus, a sultry chanteuse, exists to mask his identity because Del is not out to his family. Joey, a gifted musician and lyricist, treasures Del as his partner and inspiration, but he has his own frustrations and is hiding behind a series of conditions, throwing roadblocks into their uncertain path to complete an unconditional commitment.

As if dealing with the precarious first steps in their relationship and Del's overbearing parents isn't enough, Del and Joey face danger when a group of homophobic vigilantes starts targeting the gay community. All it takes is a moment’s carelessness, and everything they have struggled to build could be destroyed.

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, Non-Sexual Physical Assault, Contemporary, GLBT, M/M, Musicians, Music

Re-Release: (Dreamspinner Press, 2009)

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2009 5.00