Saturday, June 1, 2019

Fem by Seth King


Peter Martin is living two lives inside one body.

Although he is openly gay, a lifetime of taunting from his family and community for being “too feminine” has still left him clad in false armor, portraying a character that is entirely fake, but keeps him safe from ridicule all the same. Stand tall, speak deeply, keep a strong handshake, never draw attention, never be “too gay.” But deep in his wildest dreams, Peter is a fabulous, flamboyant diva – he is just terrified of what it would mean for his life if he ever let his true rainbow colors shine through.

Until he meets Andre Munoz.

Andre is a traditionally masculine gay man who happens to love men like Peter, and who treasures Peter for everything he ever hated and concealed about himself. Andre is also into the “lace lifestyle,” a mysterious underground world of men who reject society’s rules and engage in sex while wearing gender-bending looks involving lingerie, fishnets, heels, and more. Peter is instantly hooked – on Andre, and on the lingerie.

Peter and Andre soon fall electrically in love, and their increasingly mind-blowing – and boundary-pushing – sex sessions come with an unexpected side effect. For the first time, Peter is embracing, exploring, and even accepting his own femininity. Glowing with all this newfound confidence, Peter soon gets a wild idea: after years of being half-alive, why not finally unleash his truest self and launch the side career of his dreams as a drag queen?

But Peter’s family is still his family, and his town is still his town. Will Andre prove to be his ultimate savior, or the catalyst of the biggest mistake of his life?

Seth King’s Fem is a love story about how in the end, the love that rules all is the love you must find for the man in the mirror – even if that man happens to be wearing sequins.

“Fem shook my world. Beautifully, breathtakingly good.” – author Angelique Jurd

“I read this book in twelve hours and still can’t stop thinking about it, over a week later. Brilliant and gorgeous.” – Kell’s Bookmark Clique

“One of those books that changes you and stays with you.” – Robert Sandlin

“The best gay love story I have ever read.” – K. Ellis

“More than just a love story…everyone should read this book.” – Quendolyn Barlow

My Rating - 5 Stars!

In typical Seth King fashion, Fem is written with transparency, honesty, and heart.

Fem's a beautiful exploration of Peter's feminine side which he's never been allowed to explore before. I love the freedom he finds when he's finally able to experiment with what he likes. Being able to discover who he really is, and what he really wants leads to a feel-good story.

At it's heart, it's a story of learning to be comfortable in one's own skin. It's also a story of regret and guilt, as well as a story of sacrifice and learning to love oneself.

Peter's relationship with his mother is heart-breaking. As a bi-polar person, his mother abused and hurt him for years. But, cue the tears when she admits that hurt people hurt people. The author provides an amazing look into mental health, reminding us to separate the illness from the person. This is an accomplished tale of understanding, empathy, and forgiveness. It's also a tale of pain, hurt, and rage.

Fem is a wonderful story of one's journey towards self-acceptance. Seth King's writing style is accomplished, with a fantastic storyline, wonderful characters, and a perfect pace. Read this book if you're looking for an amazing story of a man struggling with his feminine side.

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