Fresh from backwoods Minnesota, actuarial student Ben Dutoit is ecstatic to land a job with Sydney Sutherland Family Insurance, one of the few companies that offers life insurance to people in the high-risk category. The fact that he gets to work in Gay Central, aka San Francisco, is just the icing on the rainbow-colored cake. Ben sets himself just three goals: be out and proud enough to participate in the Pride parade; seek out the company of like-minded souls in the clubs; and maybe, if he’s lucky, fall in love. But the men Ben meets are everything he’s not: suave, confident, sophisticated, and sexy. Unlike redneck Ben, they’re blue bloods from blue states, born with status, wealth, and the responsibility that comes with the package. Ben’s still wondering if red and blue can mix when he discovers what risk really means. The global economy tanks. The job he looked forward to is in jeopardy, and every dream Ben ever had is threatened, especially love, the biggest dream of all.
The cover is the first thing that drew me to this book, I loved the division of the Red and Blue – because it gave you the idea that there were going to be 2 distinct points of view to the story. And then having to figure out who was going to be the red and who was going to be the blue. I also liked how the author used the shifting perspectives to tell the story (the same period is told twice though both of the main character’s eyes, and then the last section is an alternating POV). My one complaint, and this is part of what stopped the book from being a complete 4 star read, was that the ended seemed very abrupt. Everything was jacked up, and then voila, in the space of about 4 pages (I would guess) since I was reading on my kindle, everything was fixed…and I was kind of left with an empty feeling, like it wasn’t quite complete.
I did enjoy the fact that the author took a risk with several of the topics included in the book (specifically HIV in a secondary character), however, I’m not a fan of the bitchy female that seems to routinely appear in many m/m books. It is almost like it is a required trope in the genre, I would look to see more books with supportive female secondary characters, or at least non-bitchy, manipulative ones. I look forward to more books by this author in the future.