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A who and why done it mystery set in 1940s Florida, Dan Ewing is the manager of the Caloosa Hotel, which privately caters to the very special needs of its guests, and Bud Wright is a police detective whose passionate desire for Dan is in conflict with his desire to shut Dan s business down When one black man and one white man are suddenly killed in an apparent murder suicide, Dan and Bud find themselves up against local business, political and religious leaders as they are entrenched in one small southern town s deeply hidden secrets.Review by ErastesOne of the reviews I ve seen for this book calls it a gay romance for grown ups and that s not a bad assessment It starts with an existing affair between Bud and Dan However, whereas Dan is happy in his skin and knows his sexuality and is comfortable with it, Bud is most certainly not Not only is Bud a cop, and understandably cautious to be around Dan, but he s bisexual with a preference for men, and he s fighting it.This is 1949 Florida, and both men were in the services in World War 2 Bud was a jarhead a grunt, a marine going where he was sent, doing what he was told to do He s highly decorated and not particularly unsettled by the war Dan however, having been on the Indianapolis when it was torpedoed by the Japanese, and having spent four days drifting in a lifeboat with dead bodies and sharks all around, and no food or water has re occuring nightmares and no wonder The fact that he lost the first man that he loved on that ship too, compounds his mental damage Both men use devices to justify why they like the other Bud calls Dan Coach because he reminds him of a schoolboy crush he once had, and Dan feels that, as he doesn t have the nightmares when Bud s around, it must mean something special.But Bud is skittish, he s obviously hugely attracted, and very fond of Dan, but he uses every excuse not to admit to himself that this is anythingthan mutual relief Even the language the men use distances themselves from the fact that they are in a relationship Mixing it up and fooling around and never making love, or even having sex Dan is a lotpragmatic he likes Bud, he wants Bud and he knows Bud is keen on him, and sexually attracted to him and he gets frustrated that Bud is often so dismissive and often insulting saying he s not a fruit and neither is Dan.There s a lot of Non PC language and attitudes in this book, but it s all perfectly in place You expect people of this era to use language that would be entirely unacceptable today But be warned if you aren t able to read about realism in this time and place.Another major reason why Bud is nervous of getting involved with Dan is that Dan is the manager of the Caloosa Hotel On the outside, a prosperous and ordinary hotel, dealing with the higher end of the market, but on the inside it has a private club where anything goes, depending on what the customer wants It s owned by Dan s old Admiral who picked Dan up from the whore pits of Asia after the war and brought him home In this position, Dan is buffered from the local law enforcement they know what goes on, and what Dan is and many other employees are but the organised crime of the area keeps Danat arm s length from this Obviously Bud has a problem with this but he also sees the corruption in his own police department and can t decide which is worse.Bud s reticence and continuing resistance to Dan eventually pushes the relationship to breaking point and it s there that decisions have to be made.Add to all this a good sexually motivated double interracial murder with questions on all sides Who killed whom Who was shagging whom And a cast of characters both straight laced and then some and otherwise, camp bartenders, sexy priests and the Ku Klux Klan threatening the hotel, it all adds up to a great fast paced read with a romance so masculine you just want to smack their heads together and tell them to fucking TALK to each other Which of course they never do Mr Mackle really writes what he knows As a homosexual member of the armed forces, his inside knowledge rings very true, particularly dealing with the memories of Dan s time in the navy Highly recommended and certainly one book that needs a boost and a lotattention As far as I can see it s now out of print which is criminal Go buy This was a book which made me fell in love with Elliott Mackle s writing I bought the old paperback edition couple years ago from the third party seller onand when I saw that it is reissued on Kindle, I bought the ebook as well After rereading I realized that I never reviewed it, so here is my attempt to rectify this.Out of three books that I have read by this writer, I would say that this is probably the most romantic one Dont get me wrong, it is also a great historical and murder mystery investigation, but while Bud and Dan do not talk about how much they love and care for each other actually Bud talks very little about that, period, since he is not a POV character , them falling in love is very very clear for the reader and since we are in Dan s head, we can hear his feelings on that matter They are restrained when the feelings come up, of course they will be, dont want to generalize much, butoften than not men are not much for feelings talk The settings of Florida in the 1940s are very believable, seem very well researched, often ugly when racism and homophobia are so rampant, but it makes what Bud and Dan have and realise that it is worth keeping all thetouching and wonderful I think this book also has one of the best portrayals of PTSD which soldier may often have coming home from war I really really loved this book and highly recommend it. Fabulous possibilities, but a real mess as far as plot and focus Excellent historical detail, but sadly this is not enough, in my opinion, to carry the erratic pacing and lack of serious character development. It Takes Two is a gay historical romance mystery set right after World War II in the Southern town of Fort Myers, Florida In his first novel, Elliott Mackle tackles bigotry against homosexuality and people of color, PTSD affecting veterans of World War II, and a why done it, all while building a romance in the making between the two central characters, Dan and Bud.U.S Navy veteran, Lieutenant Dan Ewing has suffered from survivors guilt and nightmares ever since he lost his best buddy and sexual partner of 18 months when his ship was sunk by a submarine and the majority of the men were lost at sea In Spencer Bud Wright, he finally seems to have found the man whose company helps him find solace Unfortunately, Bud fights the reality of their attraction and relationship Sergeant Bud Wright, veteran and ex sharpshooter, is now a Lee County detective He and Dan are having what he thinks of as a friendship with occasional sexual benefits Bud is not beneath playing a little grab ass, but a homosexual No He is confused and scared of the consequences, but most of all afraid mixing it up with Dan might bethan just the fulfillment of a teen age fantasy What poor deluded Bud doesn t understand is that sooner or later Dan always gets what he wants Managing the Caloosa Hotel with its private club where gambling, drinking and loose behaviors are only acceptable behind closed doors becomes a dangerous proposition for Dan, especially after he inadvertently becomes involved in one of Bud s murder investigations In a hotel room located at the edge of Colored Town, two men are found shot a colored soldier and a white man The white man is husband to the daughter of the most influential man in town All hell breaks loose when the white man s widow shows up and shoots up the scene, almost shooting Dan in the process Bud and Dan get mixed up in a whydunit that involves powerful players, bigotry, the KKK, civil rights advocates, and corruption.It Takes Two is written in the first person narrative from Dan s perspective In Mackle s hands the first person point of view becomes quite effective as he creates a quick, intimate connection between the reader and the narrator s emotions The result is that he reeled me in from page one However, and this has become one of my favorite aspects of Elliott Mackle s writing style , Bud and the secondary characters, as seen through Dan s point of view, are just as fleshed out as Dan is himself.The story must be read and the characters viewed from a historical and not a contemporary perspective These characters have just been through war, seen the world and experienced situations that vastly changed their lives and their points of view Yet, with few exceptions, when they return home America remains much the same as before these soldiers went to war, particularly in places like Fort Myers The time is right after World War II and Mackle certainly succeeds by using the right historical touches and creating an atmosphere that transports the reader to place and time Personally, I love the way language is consistently used throughout to maximize all of the above.Mr Mackle utilizes the whydunit aspect of the story as a tool to enhance the historical elements, Southern atmosphere, and to develop the budding romance between Dan and Bud Mackle also weaves in the subject of PTSD seamlessly and with authority, and by using ex servicemen and women as central and secondary characters gives this story a wonderful military on leave atmosphere outside of the military environment that feels true to time and place, making It Takes Two an excellent read.Last year, I fell a little in love with Elliott Mackle s writing style after reading Captain Harding s Six Day War because of the way he drew me into the story, but along the way found myself falling rather hard for his characters Fortunately for me It Takes Two was reprinted and re released because this time I fell rather hard for both his writing style as well as with his wonderful characters I loved Dan and Bud This is a book I will re read, so it is definitely highly recommended.Originally reviewed Impressions of a Reader I debated between three and four stars for this one because it s an odd book but I liked the writing I did have some issues with it mainly that the mystery that s introduced at the beginning is largely shoved aside The book focuseson the relationship between Bud and Dan and I wondered why the mystery was introduced at all since it was given the short shrift I guess the author felt he needed the back story to make the main story work Mackle is ambitious in trying to intertwine homosexuality, race relations, and the military in one novel and the approach doesn t always work But It Takes Two is a good read and an interesting look at life on Florida s Gulf coast in the late 1940 s. Very well written book with believable characters The period is captured vividly and scarily real, like a real good reminder of how things were in the old days The romance between Dan and Bud is a bittersweet one, both characters are adults with a painful past Dan iscomfortable with his sexuality and willing to take risk, he acknowledges his feelings for Bud isthan a friendly fuck buddy , but Bud is stubborn and in denial However, Bud s affection and his sweet nature still come through the pages, even though all readers want to knock some sense into his thick skull The mystery plot is a integral part of the story and it s nicely set among conspiracy, power struggle, racism and corruption Very grim stuff but very worth to be immersed into. Interesting characters and premise in this historical mystery However, the solving of the murder itself often feels like an afterthough, as if it was merely an excuse to hang the social history and the portrayal of the relationship on. FourStarsThis is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters The actual murder mystery isn t terribly engaging even the police detective seems to forget about it at times , but Florida in 1949 comes to life beautifully.Themoving parts of this story involve the main character s recent transition from army officer to civilian hotel manager The war has left him traumatised but determined to find a life partner The struggle for civil rights is at the centre of this story, be it for racial integration or for gay rights Mackle s characters are vibrant and diverse, though he has a tendency to write good guys and bad guys, ignoring thecomplicated morality of most humans.I loved Carmen, Tommy and Dan s deliberately eccentric staff at the hotel Dan is a great lead character, though I found him a little preachy at times I struggled to warm to Bud which is problematic because I think I was supposed to love him.I ve given this four stars for some beautiful descriptive passages, a brilliant setting and great characters The mystery didn t really work for me Even though readers are given enough information at the very start to figure out whodunnit, the author s plot wandered enough that he needed to give readers the answers in a rushed, epilogue style passage at the end of the story.I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Reads.Sarah {DOWNLOAD EPUB} Ø It Takes Two ⚹ February,Fort Myers, Florida It Started Out To Be Such A Nice Day But Early Morning Gunfire At The Royal Plaza Motor Hotel Changed All That One White Man Is Dead One Black Man Is Dead The White Man S Widow Has Just Crashed The Investigation And Is Waving A Gun Around Dan Ewing, Who Isn T Supposed To Be There, Barely Escapes Getting Shot Saving His Bacon Is Lee County Detective Bud Wright Dan And Bud Are Than Just Fishing Buddies But That S One Secret Of Many In This Small Town Dan Is The Manager Of The Caloosa Hotel, A Class Act If You Re Just Passing Through, But A Provider Of Card Games, Call Girls, Mixed Drinks And Other Special Services For Members Of The Ultra Private Caloosa Club This Doesn T Sit Well With Everyone In Town, Including A Wealthy Car Dealer, The KKK, And Bud Wright, Despite The Fact That He S Sleeping With Dan But The Car Dealer Is The Dead White Man, The Black Man Is The Husband Of His Wife S Former Maid, And The Sheriff, Bud S Boss, Seems Determined To Steer The Investigation Off Track So What Does The Apparent Murder Suicide Have To Do With The Caloosa Former Journalist Elliott Mackle Takes This Wonderfully Realized Why Done It To Fascinating Levels As He Explores The Various Factions Of A Small Southern Town Facing The Giant Implications Of A Rapidly Changing Society In The Postwar Years IT TAKES TWO, Mackle S First Novel And A Lambda Literary Award Finalist Returns To Print This is a well researched historical story full of colourful characters The actual murder mystery isn t terribly engaging even the police detective seems to forget about it at times , but Florida in 1949 comes to life beautifully.Themoving parts of this story involve the main character s recent transition from army officer to civilian hotel manager The war has left him traumatised but determined to find a life partner The struggle for civil rights is at the centre of this story, be it for racial integration or for gay rights Mackle s characters are vibrant and diverse, though he has a tendency to write good guys and bad guys, ignoring thecomplicated morality of most humans.I loved Carmen, Tommy and Dan s deliberately eccentric staff at the hotel Dan is a great lead character, though I found him a little preachy at times I struggled to warm to Bud which is problematic because I think I was supposed to love him I ve given this four stars for some beautiful descriptive passages, a brilliant setting and great characters The mystery didn t really work for me Even though readers are given enough information at the very start to figure out whodunnit, the author s plot wandered enough that he needed to give readers the answers in a rushed, epilogue style passage at the end of the story.