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    Stunning Series

    Matthew J. Metzger’s Coffee is the sequel to Tea in the Cup of John series. These stories are meant to be read in order, Tea being the first half of their relationship from John’s point-of-view, and Coffee is the second half told by Chris. A long time fan of Matthew J. Metzger, I absolutely love his stories. He always creates such unique characters, and his stories are clever and creative. Mostly though, I’m a huge sucker for the beauty of his writing. The way his prose flows is such a pleasure to read. The way imagery repeats, and keeps popping up in different contexts: rings, coffee, scents, the rain - it’s really lovely, and especially poignant coming from Chris' perspective as a blind person. In spite of the type of angst in the Cup of John stories, the love story between John and Christian is incredibly romantic. Chris gives John a purpose to his life, reshaping his self-confidence, and showing John he is lovable. It melts my heart over and over again to see big, bruty John reduced to a cuddly teddy-bear as he shows his love for Chris. Chris isn’t an easy person to live with and John’s patience and devotion is remarkable. It’s an amazing journey to watch the changes in both men from the start of Tea. Truly, that’s the power of love.
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    a story about Queer love and friendship!

    I love these books! Let me start off by saying that it was an absolute delight to read a book about a main character who is trans and blind and living with a significant illness. There’s so much in these books that makes me feel as though there’s someone out there in the world who gets it and that is amazing! These books are a real gift to the queer community! In the second book, John and Chris have been together for four years. Again, the couple faces grief when Chris’ step-father, Jack, finally succumbs to Parkinson’s. It’s Chris’ mum who struggles the most when Chris decides that he is ready for the next step with John – and proposes. The author’s exploration of grief and the way that a person processes losing their partner read truth to me. Grief is a very individuals experience but Metzger does a great job of allowing all the characters to experience grief and loss in a different way. Chris’ mum’s resistance to the marriage of the two main characters is painful and yet again, Chris faces off with someone who believes that his disabilities will be too much for someone to love him. Metzger is a great writer, treating many delicate issues with respect and finesse when necessary and humor and forth-rightness when it works. Great combination! I highly recommend this series!
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