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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Gate D5: Love, Marriage, Betrayal is a work of fiction in the LGBTQIA+ and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to some challenging and emotional themes and was penned by author James Ally. In this novel filled with high drama, realistic struggles, and the many ways in which life can hurt us, our protagonist is the long-suffering Tom. An upsetting betrayal by his husband sends Tom into a downward spiral, but his fellow frequent flyer Lucas appears to provide the ray of sunshine that he might need. Will all be well in this new relationship? Or is home where Tom’s heart is, despite all the pain there?
Author James Ally has crafted a truly captivating tale with a lot of tragedy and dramatic twists, and I for one was thrilled to read an LGBTQIA+ novel that doesn’t idealize or over-romanticize the relationship. Queer relationships are just as complex, interesting, and heart-breaking as any other kind, and Tom is a very well-narrated viewpoint for us to look at life’s difficulties through. Vulnerable and in need of stability and love, Tom is a character you really grow attached to throughout his search for happiness, and the work that the author puts into dialogue and narration brings him to life with realism and heart. I also loved the airport setting and the believable set of circumstances which bring him to Lucas, amongst other events which were also truly shocking, yet fitted in with the other plot events so convincingly. Overall, Gate D5 is certainly a recommended read for any fan of realistic drama and hurt/comfort style romances.