Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud.
Kelly likes his anonymity. You would too if you had a bad case of OCD and agoraphobia. Kelly wrote the homage to Jae's revered book after losing a bet to his houseboy, man Friday, and sometimes lover Will. What very, very few people know is that Kelly knew he was safe from any legal ramifications in writing the sendup, because he is also the author of the original book. When the Jae and Kelly meet, somewhat by accident, it's hard for Kelly to let his attraction to Jae over-ride his deep-seated need for privacy.
As someone who has purchased books based solely on outrageous titles (all time favorite: “Dwarf Rapes Nun, Flees in UFO”), it's rare for a title to turn me off to a book, but “ePistols at Dawn” doesn't do itself any favors. The title really doesn't reflect the nature of the story. It suggests something trite and perhaps even a bit juvenile, while this is actually a rather mature story about two men who find themselves strongly attracted to each despite big differences in their personalities.
Jae and Kelly are both very realistic, if not always likable, characters. In short, they're both very human and you will likely identify with one or the other of them. Even the secondary characters like Will and Jae's friend Shannon are very well drawn. Will, in particular, has a rather interesting back story that leaves you wishing to know more about him. In the end, once you get past the title, this is a quite readable and realistic romance.
“ePistols at Dawn” is available from Amazon.