Understanding Steve

October 7, 2017

Understanding Steve
[Available in Paperback and KindleUnlimited on November 1st]

This is the sad tale of true love and coping with the confusion of gender identity and sexual preference.

The death of someone close throws Chris’ life into a tailspin of confusion and depression.  Feeling alone, he finds comfort in mutual friends, Henry and Laney, who try to help, only to lead Chris on a new journey that he is not really prepared for.  Chris and his friends build enough trust in each other and together they help him cope with his loss and more importantly get him past the confusion by teaching him how his late friend lived his life.

 

This is not a typical erotic story, nor is it a romance novel.  This is a serious story that deals with the search for hope and the consequences if hope is lost.

There are passages that are more explicit than others that center around transgendered and homosexual situations.

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY!

6 Comments

  • Julie October 8, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Just finished my paperback copy. Thank you “Q” for the “gift” and for taking the time to visit me last month. Travel home safe and hope we can visit again real soon. xxx ooo

  • M. C. Questgend November 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Had to put @lykabloom review of this book on the web site – Lyka you are the BEST – Much love.

    Book Review From Lyka Bloom…

    “Understanding Steve” looks to do several things in its relatively short length, but the fact that this story exists at all is encouraging. More authors in the tg/feminization space have begun to take the subject matter more seriously, discontent with simply telling an arousing tale. The trend of capturing some piece of the transgender or cross-dressing lifestyles is a welcome one, and “Understanding Steve” may be the most poignantly emotional of many I’ve read, but still manages to weave in some sexual thrill along the way.

    The ‘Steve’ of the story is a lifelong friend to the protagonist, Chris, both of them in their late youth to middle age, both with a broken marriage under their belts. When Steve comes to visit Chris to lick his wounds over the loss of his wife, Chris is eager to help his friend through the same trauma Steve helped Chris through years before. Their meeting is short-lived as Steve commits suicide, leaving Chris behind to find answers to the riddle of Steve’s depression.

    What follows is a journey of discovery, both of Steve’s life and hidden needs, and for Chris, who finds that gender norms and self-actualization can be a winding and lonely road. Fortunately, Chris has accomplices in the form of Laney and Rita (or Henry, depending on her mode of dress), who help ease Chris into empathy if not full understanding of his friend’s life and struggles. Along the way, there are some steamy and fun times to be certain, but the emotional core of the story is both much-needed and deceptively simple – we all seek our own happiness and it is often the judgement of the world around us that steals from us the happiness that brings. And, a few well-timed and well-placed friends can get you through.

    For its grim setup, there is a heavy dose of optimism to be found in these pages, and my one complaint is that some spelling errors and a missing word or two might have needed a more careful edit, but these are minor quibbles, especially when the story itself is so rich. M.C. Questgend often traffics in these kinds of stories, by which I mean those with a deceptive message buried within, and this may be the most overt messaging of any of Questgend’s stories. “Understanding Steve” is a great read, not only for the more exciting transformational portions, but for a message of hope and inclusion, and we could all use a bit more of that these days…”

  • Brianna December 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Let me start by saying I am transgendered and I have dealt with the suicide. Even considered it at one time. When I read your book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. If you take out the sex the story was very beautiful.

  • VivCD23 December 4, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I agree the sex could have been left out, but it was a great read for me.

  • ANONYMOUS December 4, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I saw the review and was drawn to the book. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Forget all about the spelling and missing words. I never noticed them. What I did notice was the softness you showed when two old friends reunited during a crisis. The bedroom scenes were somewhat graphic, but the message you shared throughout the book had me very emotional throughout.

  • Chrissy December 5, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I never like reading about suicide, but in this case I think this was a story that needed to be told. I am curious if this was more true life than fiction. I have become a fan of your books because I can feel the emotion.

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