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Taboo Desires

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
When his girlfriend demands he settle down and start a family, Cole Winchester has some hard decisions to make. Marry his girlfriend, or finally own up to his taboo attraction to other men.

"A Midsummer Night s Steam story"

Cole Winchester feels like a rat, boxed into a corner. Faced with the prospect of being trapped in a passionless marriage, he makes the hard choice to en
Published August 31st 2007 by Samhain Publishing
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Cole met Eric who's happened to be his BF little brother one day, after years apart. Right after his two years relationship with a woman ended.
Eric asked for a date that day, and bam ! Eric has become his entire life and all he wanted in his life and no one else.
Note --> Cole never thought of Eric back then, he's just an annoying little brother of a best friend.

Of course they re having their happy ending. Blah blah blah.
Guess this is not my cuppa.
Added one more star for a gorgeous cover.
Apr 17, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-short-stories
Amanda Young's stories has become one of my automatic read. This is one of her sweet ones. I'm not big for "GFY" kind of stories, but I don't think Cole is one. I think he is actually gay but still in the closet, until he meets Eric and realizes that he cannot pretend anymore. I think Cole and Eric makes such adorable couple *sigh*
May 31, 2016 Lisa1269 rated it really liked it
A quick fix of sweet and sexy…
A fun and lightweight break in my day, this novella was a great way to spend my lunch hour… I felt for Cole, who’s spent his life keeping his truest desires a deeply buried secret and has backed himself into a corner in his efforts to build the life he’d been taught he should want. He’s forced to make some hard choices when he runs into his old friend Eric and agrees to a night out, but the connection between them flares up so quickly that it didn’t seem like so har
Oct 09, 2016 Joulez rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I read this book inside of a day, nice quick read.

I did enjoy the book, it was well written and flowed really well, but everything happened so fast in the book. I get that it was more a novella than an actual full on book, but it still seemed to run across the chapters at light speed.

What I really wanted from this book was the characters to be more in depth, for a guy that had been hiding for what read like most of his life, he sure was pretty quick at accepting his 'coming out' and jumping in
Shelley Chastagner
Lovely short story with great characters is a 4 1/2 stars for me. The plot is nicely developed even with only having about 50ish pages. I liked that Cole isn't willing to take the easy way out and just go along with a marriage he knows will make he and his girlfriend miserable in the end. He's, understandably, vacillating between what is expected of him and what he truly wants. I was impressed by his courage in facing Eric and willingness to lay his heart and feelings out on the line. Eric gets ...more
I don't know what it is, but as soon as I read the word ambrosia as in "his cum tasted like ambrosia..." my eyes start rolling & my tongue starts tutting ... toss in insta love & sophomoric angst & my attention span drops to that of knat & I start having to force myself to finish the book ... this short story was a bit meh for me ... if you like your guys to be tortured by guilt about their homosexuality & to be overly verbose in their declarations of love (instant love ... j ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Janie rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
I think Cole and Eric were so perfect for each other. I loved they way they came together and even loved that Karen caught them in the act, heehee. My only complaint was that it was too short of a story. I wanted to know how their relationship ended up. I knew that Eric would go back to school and I would have liked to see how the couple dealt with the seperation. Otherwise I loved the book.
Sam Callaghan
Jun 14, 2016 Sam Callaghan rated it really liked it
I really liked this story. The MC Cole struggling to come to terms with his growing desires for an unknown man. The added pressure from his girlfriend to get married forces his hand.
A chance meeting on the beach is just what Cole needs and that person is Eric, a school friends younger brother.
This great up quickly.
Dec 20, 2011 MountainKat rated it liked it
This was a good short story. Typically everything moved very quickly, by giving the characters some history it didn't feel awkward. I like the style and would read more by this author. And it fills in my Y in the A-Z Author Challenge too!

Finished 12.20.11, date removed so it didn't count towards the 2011 Reading Challenge.
T.L. Travis
Jun 27, 2016 T.L. Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo sweet!

Love, love, love the tenderness between them. The angst and anguish associated with what so many ignorantly dream as "taboo" is heart wrenching.

Highly recommended!!!
Caroline Brand
Jul 26, 2012 Caroline Brand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good enough story but I felt cheated it was so short! If you are reading it on a Kindle it finishes at 62% and very very suddenly!
Mar 06, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, gfy-ofy
The problem with reading these short stories is being left with the feeling of needing and wanting more.
A very nice story, beautifully written.
Aug 06, 2014 CB rated it it was amazing
A novella about finding yourself and true love in a day - very sweet and sexy. A great afternoon read.
Heather Ingram
Jun 10, 2016 Heather Ingram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read

A short story that I would love to see become a full length novel. I would have enjoyed this more had there been more story to it.
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Amanda Young is a multi-published, erotic romance author. Since she tends to write whatever strikes her whimsy, all of her novels fall into various subgenres. You never know what merry adventure her evil muse will devise next.

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