This book is for anyone who has ever fallen in love with the wrong person

Tipped to be hottest new gay fiction of 2018 A Fraternal Attraction by Jacobus Rawley is a must read for anyone who has ever fallen in love with the wrong person.

Set in Kentucky in the 1960s – in an era of drugstore soda fountains, jukeboxes and drive-in movie theatres – A Fraternal Attraction is the story of a burgeoning romance between two brothers. Rob, fresh out of Senior High, finds himself falling in love with his older brother Luke, who has just returned from a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam. In desperation, he confides his secret passion to Loubelle, owner of a bakery and repository of the town secrets.

She takes Rob under her wing, and together they embark on an ambitious campaign to seduce the tough ex-soldier. Things start to get out of hand as the brothers’ mutual fascination with each other snowballs into something more unmanageable and dangerous. Told from the perspective of both brothers, and intercut with flashbacks to Luke’s wartime experiences, this is an edgy, intense family drama set against a backdrop of small-town conformity where illicit desires and skeletons in the closet remain firmly hidden from sight – the “Peyton Place” you never knew existed! To find out more click here.

The author says: “I wanted to write an unusual love story which was also about the nature of hero worship – the kind that everyone knows about, where a boy looks up to another who is stronger and bigger, in this case his older brother – and how this evolves into a fully-fledged infatuation. I also wanted to explore how their shared childhood experiences could have influenced the direction their relationship takes.

“As children the brothers acted out scenes from the lives of notorious outlaws from the Wild West such as Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. But as he leaves High School behind, Rob’s obsession with Earp is superseded by an ever more consuming passion for someone much closer to home – someone he has known all his life: Mr. Right just happens to be his own flesh and blood. In view of the controversial subject matter this book is bound to create waves in certain circles, but you have to remember it is set in a period well before gender fluidity and political correctness.

“My overall intention in writing the book was to send out a positive message, so this is not some tragic tale about a doomed romance: it’s about the sheer exuberance and joy of living, the fun the brothers had growing up together as kids.”