My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Buy Link: Amazon.com
I received a free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Allan and Warwick find themselves in the Afterlife. They don’t know how they got there or how they died, but they soon settle in and meet new friends, including insecure angel Guy, playwright Pedro and failed 1950’s movie star Samantha. Drawn into the Limelight Quarter, they begin to act in a play penned by Pedro, and that’s where the drama begins. Warwick falls for Pedro and Allan finds himself jealous, as he’s harbored a long-time crush on his friend that he’s never found himself able to express. And when strange accidents start occurring at the theater, Allan thinks that perhaps somebody is out to get him…
There’s something about Drama Queens With Love Scenes that drew me in right away. Perhaps it was the nature of this version of the Afterlife where drinking, flirting and drama is the norm, or perhaps it was Allan’s witty insights on the strange things he sees that made me realize that Drama Queens With Love Scenes is like no other M/M romance I’ve ever read.
Told in first-person from Allan’s perspective, we get to see his take on the weird world of the Afterlife and his views and suspicions about the strange characters he meets along the way. Often funny and moving, I found the first-person perspective made the story more intimate than if it had been told in typical third-person narrative. The characters are all well fleshed out, with a strong supporting cast. We have Guy, the angel who can’t fly, Pedro, egotistical yet a poor playwright and of course Warwick, the object of Allan’s affections who can’t seem to make up his mind whether he loves Pedro or Allan.
As the drama unfolds, Allan grows as a person, learning to depend on himself and fight for what he wants out of life, earning Warwick’s love. The surprising conclusion was both heartwarming and a little sad, but this is no tragedy – we are left with the knowledge that both of these characters will end up living happily-ever-after.
If I had to make a complaint, I would say that the book needed one more round of polish. In general I found the phrasing and description excellent, but in the second half especially I started to notice some grammar errors (they’re instead of their, etc.). It wasn’t a huge distraction, but it could use another edit to hammer out those few mistakes. I did notice that my review copy is named Drama Queens rough draft, so these issues may have been fixed for the final version, but I can’t confirm that so I have to mention it in this review.
If you’re looking for a dramatic, campy take on the Afterlife with some sweet romance, drama and laugh-out-loud humor, I highly recommend Drama Queens With Love Scenes. The author states that he is working on a sequel, and I personally am looking forward to it. This was a wonderful read to light up a dismal weekend and comes highly recommended.