4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay Gay Heat Index Humor Hurt/comfort librarian m/m Mary D Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Standalone Teacher Track Uncategorized

Laugh Cry Repeat by John Inman

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


Wyeth Becker is a quiet man. Staid, serious, calm. A librarian. When he meets preschool teacher Deeze Long, he discovers joy for the first time in his life. With joy comes laughter, excitement, and a new way to look at the world through the eyes of the kindest, most loving man he has ever met.

When tragedy strikes and Deeze loses his joy, it is Wyeth who helps him find it again. It is Wyeth, the man who never truly understood happiness, who pays that gift back. Giving all he can of himself to the man who changed his life. Restoring in Deeze what he now so desperately needs.

But the road of their relationship doesn’t end there. The joys and sorrows of life are never-ending. As they set out to weather the highs and lows together, Wyeth and Deeze hang on to the one thing that makes all the tears and laughter worthwhile.


For only through love can life be truly savored at all.


The first half of the book is a mixture of opposites attract and humour. Wyeth is reserved and has his set routines. Deeze on the other hand is much more quirky and free spirited. I enjoyed the unusual way they met and Deeze’s way of wooing a reluctant Wyeth. He takes not accepting no to a whole new level. Deeze knows it’s because Wyeth is hesitant rather than not interested. I do think Wyeth’s dog Chaucer is cute. Most of the time I didn’t quite get the humour of it, apart from when Chaucer the dog and Napoleon the cat met.

The push and pull of them reacting to each other keeps the momentum going. When they do get together there is such beautiful tenderness it was lovely to read. Wyeth’s self confidence grows along with their relationship. He is able to quell the fears he originally had about being with someone and not being dumped. As the relationship develops the humour lessens and the story becomes sweet and sensual. The tragedy happens at a high point in their relationship and tests it. After the happiness and joy of the previous part the tragedy did make me well up. It was so unexpected. Now Wyeth needed to help Deeze overcome his fears.


This story captivated me. I wanted to know what happens next, would Deeze win Wyeth (I kept wanting to call him Wyatt!) around? Would Chaucer and Napoleon ever get on? And then the sweet romance was lovely to read. Finally how would they cope after the tragedy? All these things kept me turning the page and improved my opinion of the book. Initially I couldn’t see what would hold my interest for another hundred or so pages. It was the very clever switch in tempo as the relationship reached the next level that kept it fresh for me. The ending made me smile. A perfect finish and happy ever after.


4 of stars out of 5

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