Richard Westover wonders if his fantasy lover, Christopher Van Hoon, standing beneath a South African blue-gum tree, the sun in his gleaming hair and golden eyes, has finally returned to Richard's life. Having first experienced Christopher's laugh, touch, and kiss in innocence, Richard is now twenty-nine, not thirteen, and far from innocent. Christopher has changed too - pRichard Westover wonders if his fantasy lover, Christopher Van Hoon, standing beneath a South African blue-gum tree, the sun in his gleaming hair and golden eyes, has finally returned to Richard's life. Having first experienced Christopher's laugh, touch, and kiss in innocence, Richard is now twenty-nine, not thirteen, and far from innocent. Christopher has changed too - possibly having become as unscrupulous a profiteer as the Van Hoon patriarch. Back in South Africa, as a journalist, Richard secretly longs to have it proved wrong that Christopher's mining empire detrimentally threatens the already dwindling native wildlife; more so, though, he longs to rediscover his lost and one true love. From the author of Goldsands!...
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William Maltese wrote three books for Harlequin Romance at the beginning of the '80 with the pen name of Willa Lambert. He actually told that he thought the stories as M/M but Harlequin was not ready for them (it is still not ready, so let you imagine 25 years ago...) and so he re-wrote the stories as F/M, to rewrite them again now like M/M. The first was Beyond Machu, then Goldsands last year, and now Tusks.Richard and Christopher were in love 15 years ago, when Richard was only a 13 years old boy and Christopher a young man of 18 years old. The love was intense like it is when the lover are so young, but all in all was only kisses and very passionate declaration of everlasting love and also a promise of marriage... But Richard's father worked for Christopher's one, and there were contrasts between them, contrasts that drove Richard far from Christopher and ultimately killed Richard's father. For all these years Richard blamed first Christopher's father, and then, after his death, Christopher himself. Now he has the chance to see again the he loved, and obviously Christopher doesn't recognize in the nearly thirty man, the 13 years old boy of long ago, but the man he sees is someone Christopher wants now like he wanted the boy. Can Richard forgives and loves again?All in all, I think Christopher is a martyr; he didn't do nothing, he was very in love and when Richard disappeared, he also tried to contact him by letter. It was Christopher who asked Richard to marry him, and it was Christopher who changed his habits to meet the expectations of young and innocent Richard. It was not Christopher who drove away Richard's father, but it was Christopher that Richard blames for all these years... Why? he is your perfect hero, a bit of Robert Redford in My Own Africa, and a bit of Errol Flynn of long ago. Christopher is wealthy and handsome, and he is also very gallant; maybe he treats Richard a bit too much like a "woman", but, hey, he gives presents like roses and diamonds...Richard instead is a bit of a weathercock, he always seems to search a new reason to hate Christopher. Don't know, if I was Christopher, I would drag him in a room, lock the door, throw away the key and make love to him till he was too tired to think. And instead, in comparison to other books by William Maltese I read, sex arrives rather further on on the book. There is a long game and catch and go between Christopher and Richard, and they always seem to be irreparably torn apart, to manage to be together again soon after; but the see the consummation of their love we have to wait a bit.Even if we have to wait for sex (!), well, we are entertaining by the setting: a wonderful Africa, described till the minimum details. Same thing you found in Beyond Machu for Peru and in Goldsand for Egypt. It is almost like William Maltese wrote a travel journal, with all the little details that only if you are there can catch.http://www.amazon.com/dp/097931108X/?...
so this is what happens when a male writer tries to cater to what he thinks women want in m/m romance, without actually understanding his target audience. OMG. so, so bad. richard is the kind of man whom most women wouldn't even like if he WERE a woman, but as a man he is just completely unbelievable. and on the other hand, the novel is graphic in places where it will likely gross most women out.sad misstep, good object lesson for other male writers who'd like to break into the market. women who read pseudo-gay fiction do not want their guys to be thinly veiled, weak women. indeed, a lot of women read m/m to get away from heterocentric tropes, to read about a more equal power balance between the protags. and frankly, even harlequin romances have moved on since the 1980s; female heroines are no longer shrinking violets who must be rescued by a strong alpha male lest they suffer the vapours.gay men are likely to throw this against the wall even quicker. i had to force myself to finish it, in fits and starts. i was hanging in there for the adventure part, but i'd have been better off if i had just read a plain adventure story.
I suppose this is a nice story, but I couldn't get off my mind that Richard is a female character from M/F romance, instead of a man in M/M romance. I read somewhere that the author wrote this as a M/M, converted to M/F, and converted back to M/M romance. I don't know. Overall, it's a nice reading.
Do NOT read if you are an animal lover. My heart broke with every elephant that was butchered. And then Melissa and Suzy! Why didn't Christopher think of getting the soldiers and laying in wait for the poachers to return for the horns? But no, he hacked them off, total suspension of disbelief and so horrible I can't believe an animal lover like Richard would just accept the horrible scene with no question. When you combine that with the fact that Christopher was a pompous ass and Richard was a woman with man parts. Just. No. The dialog so ridiculous at some points it was like the story was from the era of black and white movies. "OH, hold me Rhett! I may swoon!" Definitely not for me. I finished this book but cannot give it more than 1 star as I was so disgusted by the end that I skimmed the last 10 pages and then eagerly set it aside.
I did like this book, however the main character Richard seemed a bit too much like a gushing heroine that you find in harlequin romances for my liking.