Author: John Wiley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing
Its summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.
Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.
Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.
And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.
While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?
Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?
ERICK CLIMBS into the truck and shuts the door. "So you don't like them then?"
"I can't help it!" yells Rhys. "It's chemical or something. Gays and lesbians just don't get along. It's like... vampires and sunlight... cats and dogs... penises and vaginas. They just don't fit!"
"Um, actually you’ll find they do fit together quite—"
"Okay. Eww, enough. I saw that porn about the girl with all the moles in Paris you eye-raped me into watching." He buckles his seatbelt. "I still have nightmares.”
They drive down the road in silence. A few minutes later Rhys sighs.
"What?" asks Erick.
"How are we going to get home?"
"Your car," says Erick.
"You mean the one that vanished at the casino?"
"So we’re talking about it now?"
“No!” Rhys leans his head back. "We aren't off to a good start. But at least we had some adventures on the drive out."
"I know." Erick turns into the Mover and Groover parking lot. "But let's just get this dropped off so we don't have to pay for it."
They get out of the truck and walk to the door to the office. Erick tugs on it, but it's locked. "Dammit! We're gonna have to pay an extra day now."
"Maybe not," says Rhys, pointing at the sign on the door. “It looks like they’ve gone out of business.”
“Do places really go out of business within three days and have no idea it’s going to happen?” Erick turns to Rhys, who is standing over by the truck, on his phone, nodding.
Rhys hangs up. "I just called the office and the company really has shut down. We can keep the truck! It’s really convenient actually, like in a TV show."
"Sweet! That means if we run out of money and can't afford rent we can live in the back of the truck. It’ll be like The Boxcar Children... only in a moving truck... and we’re not children. We can be the Moving Truck Men!"
Rhys shrugs. "Or we can drive home now instead of hitchhiking."
"That too." Erick climbs in. "Let's rock and roll."
Once I sat down to begin reading Rooftops, I couldn’t pull myself away. It was just the right length for curling up mid-afternoon under a warm afghan and getting lost in. Each of the characters was so distinct and quirky, that despite how many of them there were, it was very easy to keep them all separate in my mind. The accuracy with which the author described the transition Erick, Rhys and Joey face after college reminded me of my own transition from college life into the ‘adult world’ and how difficult it was to maintain some of the friendships that had seemed, until then, unbreakable.
Erick was so easy to like, and to sympathize with, out of all of the characters, he was the one who seemed to stumble the most, but learned the most as well. It was also easy to see how Rhys got caught up in the newness of his job, the people that he met, the lifestyle changes and the difficulties that can also go along with trying to fit into an unfamiliar situation while still trying to hold on to the past. While it might be easy, at times, to paint him as the villain, I really did not see him that way. I saw him as someone who was determined and focused, sometimes too much so, on what he was trying to become and lost himself and his friendship with Erick in the process.
Joey was loveable. He seemed the most easily adapted to moving forward, and yet there was still so much left of the college kid in him that it created a rather interesting mix. His loyalty, despite the distance, as well as his genuine love for Cheryl made him wonderful. When his brother reveals his own secret to him, again, joey shows his love and loyalty for those who are important to him, by being the big brother his little brother needed, reassuring him and sticking by him, the same way he helps Erick, even from a distance.
These characters are real, and that’s what really makes the story interesting and engaging to me.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017WTSERW/
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About the author
JOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.