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Review: Seeing Sean – Patrick Doyle

Seeing Sean - Patrick Doyle

Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Mystery, Romance

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

A story of love at first sight. Then everything, including reality, gets in the way.

When Wyatt meets Sean sparks fly. Literally. Their Zoom encounters, although work-related, generate the most unusual electronic reactions. But when they meet in the flesh he forgets all about contacting technical support because Sean is even more electrifying in person — an unusual experience for a Grindr-jaded Wyatt.

But the interference continues and every time they meet Sean gets cold feet. Wyatt’s no fool. He knows the attraction is mutual. He can see it in Sean’s silver-grey eyes. Neither is he desperate for attention. He gets plenty of that at work and at play. Sean is either up to something, he figures, or he’s frightened because he keeps coming back but retreats every time.

Two worlds collide. Disillusioned at thirty-five, Wyatt leads a life that suits him — affable to all but open to few. He’s more-or-less content, a little bored, and not bad on his own. As far as he’s concerned, he’s seen and heard it all. Whatever dreams he may have had he’s put on hold.

Sean is different. Brimming with enthusiasm, he stumbles into Wyatt’s life like an overgrown puppy who doesn’t know how to behave. Almost unnaturally handsome, he comes with none of the personality traits of the physically endowed. Yet, underneath the spectacular appearance is a man who’s awkward with people and reluctant to talk about himself.

Each is fascinated by the other and neither wants to make the first move. Sean appears to hesitate and Wyatt, normally a hook-up pro, is lost. Despite his growing frustration — or perhaps because of it — he persists in hoping they’ll get together one day. And when that day comes the intimacy is greater than he’d imagined.

Even locked in Wyatt’s arms, however, Sean refuses to talk about himself. But bouts of sex and declarations of love break down his barriers, and one by one, he lets his secrets drop. At first, Wyatt doesn’t believe him. Worse, he doubts his sanity. He’d expected to hear stories of an unhappy childhood, not fantastical fabrications of a life that cannot be.

But with each secret revealed Sean demonstrates its truth until Wyatt is stuck between forsaking the world as he knows it or walking away. He hasn’t got much time, though. Sean has even more secrets and he’s not the only one.

[Romance. Mystery. Science-Fiction]

The Review

Wyatt is in charge of employees at a call center, both in the office or those that work from home. Then he “meets” Seen. Seen is a new hire who only works from home. Wyatt accepts that, but he has many questions about his new employee. They also have a long discussion about his name, Seen, and Wyatt explains that many will make jokes or call him Sean.

After a couple of weeks, Seen is been doing a very good job with his phone assignments. He follows all the rules, and management seems to be very happy with him.  

Wyatt is in contact with Seen on a daily basis, and decides he really wants to meet the mystery man. The perfect opportunity arrives when management announces a tenth anniversary party, and makes it mandatory that all employees attend. Wyatt tells Seen not to worry – he only needs to show up and shake a few hands. Wyatt ie excited at the prospect of finally meeting Seen.

Seen claims to be twenty-six and has no work experience because he’s been overseas studying. He seems very shy, maybe an introvert, but is excited about his new job. It’s perfect for him – he can work in the privacy of his own home and only have contact with his boss Wyatt online. Wyatt checks on him daily on his work progress and gives him new phone assignments. He really doesn’t want to be around people, but Wyatt has told him he really needs to make and appearance at the office party.

When they meet at the party, Wyatt can’t believe his eyes. Just when he thinks he and Seen can slip out together, Seen disappears.  

As Wyatt becomes concerned about Seen and his quirky ways, a connection starts to grow between them. Then two strange men show up at the office looking for him.  As Wyatt learns more of Seen’s strangeness, he will have to decide to face reality, or follow his feelings. Will Wyatt be able to accept what Seen, is or will it all come crashing down?

Doyle takes a step in a different direction with Seeing Sean, an odd sci-fi story about a dystopian world and someone who is very different. It’s a tale of suspense, cruelty, danger, beauty, wonder, sadness and a forever love.  

Wyatt and Seen are men from two vastly different worlds and together they find a unique place where they will face the extraordinary and fight together in a new one. Doyle’s world building is magnificent, and his writing brings Wyatt and Sean to life in this beautiful and unique romance.

I highly recommend Seeing Sean – it is a true page-turner, entertaining and mesmerizing. I’ve read all of Patrick Doyle’s books and have never been disappointed. I’m glad he’s taking a chance and writing something entirely different. 

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California. Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018. My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen. New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012. She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series. Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book!

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing. I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews. One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group. Joining her site was such an eye opener. I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.