✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Leslie McAdam’s Undone ✍🏻

Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️

So…I’m new to reading LGBTQA romances. Like, prior to this year, menage was my entre into it. With Vino & Veritas and my love of the World of True North, I wanted to dive into this genre of romance. And I haven’t looked back. I tell you all of this because you are free to call me ignorant because, given that I am a veritable novice, I’m sure the “straight” hero with the gay hero isn’t new. On entering Leslie McAdam’s Undone, I had read the blurb and I was intrigued. Would McAdam make this believable? Her dedication which serves as inspiration for Undone tickles your fancy immediately. But again, I was worried. 

My worry was unnecessary. McAdam makes it realistic and clear how someone such as Jason can fall deeply in love with his roommate, Murph. We could pretend that’s a surprise, but c’mon, this is MM romance and we believe in happy endings, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. There is so much to love about Undone

  • For one, there is a great discussion in this book about the LGBTQA community. Murph focuses us on the spectrum of it. In fact, I thought I knew a lot about this community, and I was introduced to some new designations.  And I love when romance teaches me about our world through the scope of love and relationships. 
  • Secondly, Jason’s evolution from the man in the gray suit to a world of color is such a profound metaphor for life. Using color as a way to illustrate the impact of “coming out” felt insightful and literary, and this book nerd loved it. 
  • If Murph doesn’t steal your heart, then well, you’re officially heartless. No question. He is truly the color between the black and white lines of this text, and he will make you fall in love with him. 
  • I was worried during the first half of Undone that Murph and Reeve’s best friendship would be diminished in this book. It was so clear in Marley Valentine’s Unforgettable, and I was concerned that Reeve would not be paying the favor in return for helping Murph through his romantic journey. Yet, I need not be worried as Reeve plays a big part in Murph’s reconciliation with Jason. He is as key to this story as Murph is to his own. 
  • Jason. So darn swoony. Murph calls him his knight, and he really shows it. McAdam has drawn him so well in her characterization of him. I love his eventual calling.
  • Finally, McAdam pulls many of the Vino & Veritas books together by the end of Undone. I believe this is the last one, so nodding her head to other V&V couples felt like a full-circle moment. 

I really do think Leslie McAdam’s Undone is one of the best of the bunch. It also acts as a perfect coda to the series. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

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I teach students to write for college. I love to read writers who write romance. Why not review and promote the writing of people who love to write romance? Win-win for me

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