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Paying the Piper (Bittersweet Dreams)

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Michael isn’t used to casino blackjack dealers telling him to cash in, but that’s what Daniel Aldaine does, recognizing the group of men waiting to collect what Michael owes them. He even fronts Michael the money he’s short to get the goons off his back. It’s the beginning of the best relationship Michael’s ever known, but a problem he doesn’t even recognize he has could e ...more
ebook, 17 pages
Published May 16th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press

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Paying the Piper by Jaime Samms is short, but even in the few pages I got a real feel for Michael and even, to a lesser extent, Daniel. Needless to say I found the story too short, but that was the only negative. The overwhelming feeling I was left with, other than regret that Michael wasn't able to work past his issues and keep Daniel, was one of—not satisfaction per se—so much as knowing that, as things stood, there was no way the story could have a different ending. And for a total HEA, or ev ...more
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Aaarck, this story is 13 pages and mainly Michael's musing of why his relationship with Daniel doesn't work (Michael has a gambling addiction, and he is not ready to acknowledge it yet). IT IS NOT ENOUGH!!! I can't even feel anything for Michael because the length doesn't give me space to actually do so.

My low rating is not even for the 'bittersweet' part. I KNOW about the bittersweet part. I am ready for that. My issue with this short story is that it feels incomplete. Short story can
Don Bradshaw
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My heart broke for Daniel in this short bittersweet. Daniel is a card dealer in a casino and notices some thugs watching a guy at his table winning. He tells the man, Michael, to cash in and even fronts him the extra money to fully pay his debt. The two men have a love which is shattered by Michael's gambling addiction. Perhaps if the had fought about the real problem and not the results of it they would be happy. This story is narra
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Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Bittersweet
Rated: 3 Hearts
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Dreamspinner Press: Paying the Piper by Jaime Samms 1 9 May 22, 2012 05:17AM  
With most of the hours in the day taken up by a part time job and the full time occupation of raising and schooling two kids, writing is somewhat of an indulgence, but it's the indulgences that keep us sane, right? When not otherwise occupied, like most writers, reading is my relaxation method of choice, and you can find my reviews at and Dark Diva Reviews to let you know what I lik ...more
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