This is truly a firs for me, replying/leaving a comment. I have often consider sharing my thoughts about what I chose to read, but at the last minute I back off... why?
That is both hard and an extremely personal piece; part of it is about coming out of the closet after I turned fifty, a good 8 year's after my divorce and at a time when my daughter could understand. It was a time when for the first time in my life I was only taking care of me and I was finally ready to risk the reaction of my family [which did not go well when I tested the waters at the age of 19].
I started reading "gay' literature about 2 years before I came out, I wanted to understand not only myself but the evolution of the culture pre and post aid. Face it must of the men I was looking to meet and hopefully relate to had lost people hat mattered to aids.
Another part related to my professional life, I am an arts manager. I have managed Orchestras ans now I am the manager of a dance company. My personal views of arts are shared only with people I know; I never wanted to be considered a critic. I enjoy sharing my reactions in conversations, however they have always when in person, never online. There is something about making sure that I can clarify or explore a thought without creating offense that I find impossible online.
Finally, reading is a place I go to escape everything I deal with daily, yet I am drawn to stories that focus on the interactions of people. A great story gives me different viewpoints on the world, the best challenge my assumptions.
I understand your side of this as well, so finally I am taking the first step, which I grant has been all about me so far; so why do I enjoy your writing?
I enjoy the time you spent fully developing your characters, how their backgrounds make them act and react. There is also the note of the unexpected, you do as others noted, create great cliffhangers that make me wonder where you are heading... who will survive and who won't. There are many times as I read i think on conversations with my daughter [we are extremely close and always have been]; times when she could not hear what I was trying to tell her. so the challenges Trevor has with his father ring to true.
One last note, your "rant" got me thinking more about the potential relationship between authors and fans. I am not sure that I will start responding like this to others, but I will think about it more.