Review: Momo: My Everything by Posy Roberts
Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Momo: My Everything is a novella written by author Posy Roberts and is the heavily re-worked version of her original short story, The Measure of a Man, which I actually got for free on Amazon last year and which I finally got around to reading out of curiosity and my wanting to compare the two versions. While The Measure of a Man was well-written and an enjoyable read, but this newer, longer, and re-titled edition had Roberts leveling everything up--from characterization to story development, Momo: My Everything transitioned into a far more evolved novella.
William Harris may be gay but he doesn't necessarily advertise it, preferring to maintain his privacy in both his personal and professional lives. He's reserved and cautious, but when he meets a geisha named Momo, his curiosity and undeniable attraction have him wanting to get to know the person behind the character. You see, Momo isn't a woman--she's actually Nate Kelly, far more extroverted and open than William, not seeing the need to hide who he is. In order for William and Nate to have a chance, will William be able to let go of his inhibitions?
This was such an insightful read! It may have a teeny, tiny bit by the Pulitzer Prize-winning play M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang in terms of a man attracted to someone who he initially assumes is a woman but turns out to be a man. Other than that though, Posy Roberts's novella stands proudly on its own. William and Nate are equally fascinating characters, with one far more comfortable in his sexuality than the other. William is the character that comes into his own here, just as his relationship with Nate goes through its trials and triumphs over the months.
I think the one aspect that really had me thinking was the one regarding William's notions about Nate's exuberant personality and how it may bring the wrong kind of attention to William. Marcus, William's twin brother, had it right when he pointed out that both William and Nate were gay and were men, regardless of how flamboyant or not the other one may be. I've read several other Posy Roberts books before, but I have to say that Momo: My Everything is my favorite (so far) and the one I do consider the author at her best. I'm giving this novella five stars. ♥
Date Read: 01 March 2017
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