“The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.” ~ Carl Bernstein
When his ex-wife moves to New York City, taking their daughter with them, Ethan Daniels, of 'Misinformation' by Keeland Ellis, makes a less than desirable career choice in order to be near her. Working as host of ECHO, an ultra conservative television program, he's forced to host despicable, toxic people, who are promoting agendas that are both negative and harmful. Ethan tries hard to be neutral, but week after week of dealing with this type of agenda is wearing him down. He feels trapped, but the idea of leaving and not being near his daughter is a thought he can't entertain. Ethan knows he can't do this much longer; something has got to give.
When Ethan becomes attracted to Charlie Woods, things get even more complicated. Although he's attracted to men, Charlie has never acted upon those desires, but there's something about Charlie that pushes all of Ethan’s buttons. Even with that, Ethan hesitates to act upon his feelings and he and Charlie have a very frustrating time of it going back and forth trying to decide whether it is a good idea or not. They also have a completely different idea of what they want in a relationship; whether it is to be casual or serious. Since Homosexuality is one of the biggest topics on Ethan's show, being in a same-sex relationship makes it even more difficult for Ethan to remain neutral in the interviews he has on his show.
Charlie is good hearted, loves kids, and is a great school teacher. He's also stubborn and disillusioned about a relationship lasting for any length of time. When he hooks up with Ethan he never expects to fall in love with him. He thinks that Ethan's closeted status will keep him from having romantic complications, but soon has to admit he's wrong. Charlie's feelings for Ethan are too strong for it to be casual. Ethan's job is a big bone of contention between them. Ethan explains that just because he works there doesn't mean he believes what his often undesirable guests and the station management think and say. Charlie finds it hard to believe he can work there and not compromise himself. Ethan disagrees with him at first, but later has to admit that it's getting more difficult to stay silent. But Ethan's contract is coming up for renewal and he doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize that.
Even though there is lots of right-wing chaos swirling throughout the story, there isn't a great deal of angst. However, there is a lot of hot sex between Ethan and Charlie that is made even more special since Charlie was Ethan's first. Ethan was a fast learner and shared many passionate, sensual interludes with Charlie. They had good chemistry both in and out of bed. I appreciated how Ethan took responsibility for his mistakes and did the best he could to rectify them. I loved that he and his ex-wife, Deidra, had such a good relationship, especially when it came to Fiona, but in other ways too. There was a lot of history between them and it would have been a shame to throw it all away. Often, she may have been bossy, but gave Ethan a shoulder to cry on when he needed her.
If you like stories about listening to your conscience, doing the right thing, facing your fears, and holding on to those you love, you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Keeland, for bringing two wonderful men together.