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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Purly Gates by Vastine Bondurant

My reviewPurly Gates hearkens back to an era before my time, but even so the story, the characters, are timeless. And for me that is what sets apart a terrific storyteller from a good storyteller; Vastine Bondurant, in my estimation, is the former.

There's a poignancy to Purly and Lucky's story but there's also an extremely satisfying romance that reverberates with passion and emotion.
Vastine Bondurant has nailed the atmosphere of the time in which the story is set; in many ways it's a simpler time, definitely there's a different feel.

Bondurant's scene setting is stellar; I can see the lonely stretch of beach in front of Purly's house; the attractive stranger and his dogs add life to a blank canvas. The spark was struck and the story took me away; lovely!

4.5 of 5

Purly Gates by Vastine Bondurant
Published by: LIG Publishing
Genre: Gay Romance, 1930
Length: 54 pages (PDF)

Story Description: A lonely stretch of beach becomes a hiding place for two men who, when their paths cross, are determined not to be ships just passing in the night.

Purlman “Purly” Gates—dark, brooding, mysterious, hiding from his past and the hefty price on his head—is hopelessly attracted to the young man who strolls the beach every morning. At the risk of his own exposure and its deadly consequences, Purly succumbs to his desire and sets out to lure the beautiful enigma into his lair.

Lucky Cleary wants the swarthy stranger who watches him from the shadows of the cottage deck, and his morning promenades finally pay off when the man steps out onto the beach and into Lucky’s life in a move to bring their paths together.

But Lucky has a secret as well—a past mistake following close behind him, promising certain death if it catches up with him.

When each man discovers the other’s identity, the truth forms a powerful bond between them and fans the flame of their passion.

But is the meeting of these two lonely souls a beautiful destiny or merely a cruel twist of fate in which their desire is nothing more than the kiss of death for them both?


  1. Kathy, thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and for reviewing it.

    I'm honored by your words!

  2. It was my pleasure! Definitely my pleasure. :-)

  3. Lovely review and the book sounds awesome!

  4. Thank you, Jean. You are always so supportive and sweet, and I love you for that.

  5. Thank you for stopping by Jean, and yes, Purly Gates is awesome! :)