Plato for Plumbers by Francis Gideon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: September 9, 2015
Available for Pre-Order now at Less than Three Press
The week before an important philosophy conference, Kenneth is struggling to finish both the last chapter of his book and the paper he's writing for the event. His efforts are thwarted by a leaky faucet—and his life as a whole is turned upside down by the plumber who shows up to fix it.
Ok, so I didn't realize this was m/m romance when I requested it on NetGalley. That being said, I've read a few of these, and this one stands out in a positive way. This short story has a compact plot, a likeable main character with a full character arc, and some interesting historical stories and facts regarding philosophers like Kant and Plato (of course).
I think that the main point of this story is that Ken, the Philosophy Professor, has lost sight of himself in his drive to advance in his field. He's forgone love, social interactions, and his passion to write. He's forgotten what it was, exactly, about the study of philosophy that made him want to pursue it as a career in the first place. And then the leak, and the plumber, change all that.
I especially enjoyed the excerpt of the little short story he jots down while Mark works in the other room. It's so corny, but it had me laughing. I also like that this is a romance story first, rather than a shell of a plot thrown together to deliver erotic content. As far as romance goes, I'd call this one pretty clean. It's the type of story that focuses on the attraction, the connecting of the minds, and the finding of one's soul mate.
Overall, I really liked this story. I'd recommend it to folks who like romances (particularly m/m) that focus on people and emotions and have a real plot. This story is also great for folks who prefer a quick read.
I received an eARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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