Its first year was a salutary lesson that you can’t please everyone.
Comments varied from: “You know those books that aren't bad, but they seem to last forever?” to “I liked reading about the developing relationship from the POV of both MCs. It is nice to read a book where the author takes the time to allow affection & love to develop at a natural & languid pace.”
From: “ I've encountered many harebrained people in my life but the main characters here are complete embarrassment to mankind.” to “A.B. Gayle delivers in spades by giving us two well rounded, compelling mains in Ben and Adrian and a small cast of three dimensional secondary characters.”
Some liked the setting: “I really enjoyed the section of the book as the men travel through the lakes. There were some beautiful descriptions of the landscape, the weather and the journey.” While others hated being out in the wild: “I would have probably liked the camping trip more if it had been shorter but that's because I don't understand the appeal of camping and I'm a sucker for work relationships.”
Some liked the POV format: “I really enjoyed the presentation of this book, which was divided into three parts. Gayle tells the tale first through the eyes of Ben Dutoit (Red). Next is the story of Adrian Sutherland (Blue). Then, as the relationship between the two men evolves, their stories combine into a 3rd-person narrative (Red+Blue).” While others hated that aspect.
Some thought it boring, others didnt: "I just couldn't put this book down. It kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time.”
Some thought it was better than my latest release, others prefer "Leather+Lace."
I could go on and list more widely diverging viewpoints from different readers. Each is valid in its own right. For them....
What this diversity of reaction demonstrates is that every reader is different because we all bring our own expectations and preconceptions into the mix. It may simply depend on the mood they're in when reading it. What their last book was. What type of book they like to read.
Completing "Red+Blue" taught me a lot about writing, but this past year has taught me a lot about readers. Thanks to all who bought it, read it, reviewed it. I am glad it gave enjoyment to so many.