Victor Brighton is a divorced bi-sexual gym rat reeling from his ex-wife's behavior. When he meets Douglas Newkirk, a hunk who doesn't know or act like the hunk he is, Victor is smitten.
Though Doug insists he's straight, he keeps sending Victor mixed messages. Amid sexual tension and growing desire, a fragile relationship blooms.
Meanwhile, Victor, at the request of his vindictive boss, is trying to uncover who is selling steroids to the gym's patrons.
As Doug's attraction gets stronger, so does his denial making his behavior erratic. Can Victor and Doug weather the storm of Doug's emotions and what is going on with those steroids anyway?
In Gym Dandy, the love story between Doug and Victor was realistic and poignant. The interplay between the two as Victor tried to guide his friend toward self-acceptance was interesting as was watching Doug grapple with his own sexuality.
While it sounds heavy, the subject matter was handled in a pleasing, humorous way with friendship at the core.
Both characters were likable and real and I felt the character development was strong.
Personally, I didn't like the plot twists at the end. I don't want to put a spoiler in so I won't say what bothered me. Suffice to say, the ending didn't match the tone of the rest of the story. Even so it was a good story the delivered some laughs and plenty of smiles.
GYM DANDY: A gay tale of seduction and denial, humor and sweat.
Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar? After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriends, bitchy bosses, even the cable guy.
GYM DANDY is funny and angsty, touching on subjects both serious and humorous. It’s a little erotic and a lot entertaining, featuring clever plot twists, engaging characters, and a happy ending. There's even a dog!