Dudleytown (Cornwall Novellas, #1)
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Dudleytown (Cornwall Novellas #1)

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College sophomore Alexander Strauss has one rule: no messing around with straight guys. Especially not his mouthwatering roommate, Shannon. When their ride share drives off the side of a mountain, the two young men find themselves deep in an uninhabited forest searching for their missing friend. Wandering the famously cursed grounds of Dudleytown, Alex figures something tr...more
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Published October 29th 2010 by Aspen Mountain Press
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Laura

”Nothing good ever happens to the one moron with the flashlight who gets separated from his friends and wanders lost in the woods. That’s like scary movie one-oh-one.”

So what do you do when a tooth-pick chomping copper tells you to “keep to the main roads”? haha….Take the first spooky, dark short cut you see of course!

LB Gregg’s Dudleytown made my horror-juiced heart and soul extremely happy! A tale that had it all—ghost towns, curses, humor, beloved horror movie references, crackling sexual te...more
Chris
Very good Halloween-themed m/m romance about some college students taking a "shortcut" on their drive home for the weekend. Things go a bit more spectacularly awry than is usual for such shortcuts... Plenty of trademark L.B. humor and insight make for an entertainingly suspenseful read. 4.5 stars.
Jenre
Alex is on his way home from college for the weekend and sharing a ride with his friend Ricky and roommate Shannon. Taking a short cut turns out to be not the best idea when the jeep careens off the road, leaving only Ricky injured. Before they can find help, Ricky disappears and Shannon and Alex are left combing the forest in the dark for him, unaware that danger is lurking round the corner.

I’m a big fan of L.B. Gregg’s writing, especially the witty dialogue and the breakneck pacing of her book...more
Katie(babs)
Just in time for Halloween, LB Gregg has written Dudleytown, a short M/M tale that has a great combination of spookiness and comedy. At around 76 pages, Dudleytown is a fast read that takes a few horror movie clichés and spins them quite well. In the middle of nowhere three college aged friends speed down a dark, deserted road where there will be some mind-numbing terror in store for them.
A very unhappy nineteen-year-old college sophomore Alex is sitting in the backseat. The driver Ricky has dec...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was a quick read. Very funny and a bit scary. It had me on the edge of my seat. The MC, Alex, is snarky and has a dark sense of humor. He had me chuckling constantly especially with how HORNY he was!

It was definitely a great read. I wouldn't mind reading more about Alex and Shannan. The two together are very cute and funny. Recommended.
Janna
4.5 stars.

I can keep this short: Dudleytown is a joy to read. There’s not much I didn’t enjoy about this sexy, suspenseful Halloween story. I just loved it!

Okay, I’ll tell you a little bit more, but not too much because you definitely have to read it yourself to learn more about it.
The plot is cleverly simple but strong. Three friends are on their way home when they get in an accident in the middle of a dark forest, tumbling down the mountain. One of them has a head injury and gets lost. The ot...more
KC
Pure awesomeness this one was! :-) I love LB's writing and sense of humor. I was having second thoughts about this one because it is a Halloween story and i spook easily, but it was actually quite perfect. The main character who tells the story is likable, funny, sarcastic at times, cute, and brave. I like that not everything is spelled out, yet by the end of the story i felt like i knew this guy. It starts right away with some action, and then more action (of different kinds) happens in the dar...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
4,5 stars.

I very much liked this short novella. It had suspense, romance, hotness and a sarcastic 1st person narrator.
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
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Everyone knows that Smokinhotbooks thinks Halloween is spooktacular and that we go a little overboard with the holiday. So when we heard that one of our fav authors, LB Gregg, was releasing a story just in time for Halloween, well this as nice of a treat as Tim Curry singing that he’s just a “sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania” inch four in heels, diva make-up and a pleather bustier.

Dudelytown tells the tale of three college buddies who set off on a road trip...more
Shell
4.5 Stars

This book wasn't what I was expecting from the blurb. I read it last night, thinking it would be a good scary, Halloweenish read. *looks outside* Ah, May is as good of time as any. It wasn't, there were no ghosts and goblins, no mummies or things that go bump in the night. There were, however, a few escaped criminals, a couple of college boys and some really disgusting visuals on what may happen when you're half dead under a car and left to wild animals. I know, gross!! For the first ha...more
Diane Adams
I don't usually read short stories as over all I usually find them unsatisfying. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great quick read. The pacing is perfect, it delivers the promised suspense, and the relationship aspect of the book is hot and believable.

The setting is tense, dark, just this side of scary. The author's familiarity with the area shines in the descriptions and mood building. You feel you are right there with the characters as events unfold.

The tongue-in-cheek inclusio...more
Tiya Rosa
Alex is hot for his straight roommate Shannon, but he has a rule of not messing with straight guys since they have a tendency to beat the shit out of you or ignore you completely after you get them off. On their way to their respective homes over a holiday weekend, their designated driver, Ricky, decides to take a short cut and they end up in a ditch in the middle of nowhere with Ricky missing and a homicidal convict bent on getting away without leaving witnesses. Now Alex not only needs to find...more
Heather C
Oooh, I really really liked this story. I love scary stories and this one is really spooky. Its about 3 young college guys lost at night near a ghost town after trying to take a "shortcut". I can't say more without spoiling it, but it also has a little romance. Its really short and will take only about 2 hours to read. Oh, and suggest that sure you read it in the dark!
Linda Jaejoong
Oh mein Gott!! Alex und Shannon sind einfach so niedlich zusammen. Wo sie allein im Wald auf sich gestellt waren wusste ich das etwas zwischen ihnen passieren muss. Schon wo Alex erzählt hat das Shannon auf seinem Bett mit dem Mädchen war, wusste ich das er an Sex mit Alex denkt.

Leider war die Geschichte viel zu kurz. Die Geschichte mit den Beiden hat ein eigenes Buch verdient. Schön wäre es auch gewesen wenn eine ganze Sex Szene im Buch vorgekommen wäre, aber man kann ja nicht alles haben. Die...more
Missy Welsh
Bought and read this last night between 1 and 3 AM while I couldn't sleep. Might not have been the best choice considering its rather spooky nature, but I had to find out what was going to happen to Alex and Shannon. I would love to have another story from Alex's point of view; he was another great example of LB Gregg's ability to write a great character.
Katharina
Quick, fun, halloween-style read about three college kids taking a shortcut through dark woods that doesn't turn out as planned. Insert accident, blood, a friend MIA, bad men, and a crush from one roommate to another and you have all the ingredients needed for a suspense short story full of humour and boy/boy-attraction. Recommended!
Joyfully Jay
This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews.

4.25 stars


Dudleytown, Connecticut. It’s a real place – a place of mystery, myth, and legend, a place of ghost stories and nightmares. And L.B. Gregg does a great job of taking the myth and mystery of this abandoned settlement and creating a fantastic scary story from it. Not only that, she adds in a wonderful beginning to a sweet romance in with it.

This story is so much fun. Created as a Halloween story, Dudleytown holds all the tradema...more
Finn Marlowe
I really enjoyed this quick read - not what I was expecting at all, which was a paranormal (and the cover doesn't do it justice, either.
Jaele
Nothing like what I expected from the blurb, but everything I expected from LB Gregg. This is a fantastic short story. Only part of the tension was sexual. The majority was honest to god WTF?

The beginning starts off with the driver knowing a “short cut.” Of course, those never work out. Lost in the middle of a ghost town, the trio find themselves in trouble fitting of a horror movie. Alex, the POV we have throughout the story makes mention of the similarities on a regular basis.

Dealing with the...more
Mandi Schreiner
Loved. Review to come...Favorite Quote: He was dressed and I was naked. That’s pretty much the plotline for half the movies I watch.

Almost twenty year old Alex Strauss is on his way home during college break with his roommate Shannon and their mutual friend Ricky. Alex caught Shannon and a female companion getting down and dirty on his dorm bed earlier in the day. Having been attracted to the upper classman Shannon since he first started rooming with him two months ago, Alex is still steaming at...more
Ruby
Rating: B+

This review originally appeared at Brief Encounters Reviews

First an explanatory note: Dudleytown is the first of LB Gregg's Cornwall novellas, but it's a series in the loosest sense of the word as there seems to be no connection between stories other than the location. I recently reviewed the second Cornwall novella, Simple Gifts, here - yes, I'm tackling the series out of order - please don't disown me, Cole! I also should mention that this is a rerelease of a story originally publish...more
Kassa
3.5 stars rounded up.

Dudleytown is a perfect Halloween treat. This novella has just the right amount of ingredients to produce a humorous, fun, and entertaining story. It definitely has the feel of a creepy Halloween cautionary tale and the main characters awareness of both this and pop culture help to make the story thoroughly enjoyable.

The story begins with three friends trying to take a “shortcut” through a deserted town and on an ill-maintained road. An accident sends the car skidding over...more
Indra Vaughn
Okay, so, I started reading this pretty late last night and in the middle of this book I had to let the dog out. He's a giant wuss (pot, meet kettle), which means I have to go outside with him. Do you know what happened? While I had a head full of spooky ghost towns, murderers, and scary dark woods, my husband locked me out because he thought I was in bed. Everyone had turned off their Christmas lights, it was snowing, I was freezing my ass of, do I have to go on? There is a reason I don't watch...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
When three college friends take a short cut through an abandoned ghost town they get more than they expected than simple "things that go bump in the night".

Alex Strauss is suffering a terrible day and its only getting worse. Alex is a very likable character; he’s funny and keeps a cool head in stressful situation, the kind of person you want around when bad things happen. He’s dealing with a lot, but the one thing that is trying his self control the most is his sexy roommate, Shannon. Both thes...more
ARe Cafe
Dudleytown by LB Gregg is a very entertaining novella at 20,000 words from Aspen Mountain Press. It features a first-person viewpoint (Alex), and a couple of medium-to-hot sex scenes. The story has an unusual undercurrent of ironic, self-referential humor to the overall plot, which comprises suspense and action-adventure scenes. This is made possible by the pitch-perfect voice of the endearing narrator Alex, a college sophomore who is a total horror-movie nerd.

With every step Alex and his compan...more
Plainbrownwrapper
This is a nice little "scary night in the woods" story. It is completely and totally and 100% different from the second "Cornwall Novella", Simple Gifts, which surprised me, but that's okay. The only thing both books share (apart from mm romance) is Gregg's intelligent writing -- and that's very much in evidence in both stories.

This novella has everything you need for a scary fireside story. It's got dark woods (and getting lost in them), a prison transport crash, a ghost town, hungry coyotes, b...more
Nerine Petros
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Arthur
A horror story in the tradition of Hollywood B-movie in the 1970s (in fact, the character makes references about movies). It's sweet but also packed with actions. Unfortunately, it starts with the Big Misunderstanding, which is why it lost .5 star. (You know, when a character is entering a room and finds the other one in a compromising position? Yeah, I can do without any Big Misunderstanding in any story).

The story has the best line in all M/M books that I've read (and yes, there are a LOT of t...more
Kirsten
I really liked the characters and the plot was pretty suspenseful, but I did feel a bit like I came in in the middle of a story. There could have been a little more backstory and character development. And why were a sophomore and a senior rooming together when they didn't really know each other? Didn't they have friends to room with?
Tam
Nov 18, 2011 Tam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
This is a spooky Halloween short about roommates whose ride share taking them home for the weekend takes a "short cut" despite being told by police not to. When a body falls on the car and they careen off a cliff, things go even more downhill when the driver is injured but manages to disappear in the dark in a ghost town. Leaving the two roommates, one supposedly straight to try and find him and cope with the scariness. I have to confess I kept thinking "Why would you leave a guy with a broken w...more
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LB Gregg (Lisabea) writes fun, fast-paced contemporary male/male romances for a variety of publishers including Riptide, Samhain, Musa, and Carina Press. Her wildly successful Men of Smithfield books feature hot, hunky men looking for love in small town New England. You can find more information about LB, The Men of Smithfield, and her fun series Romano and Albright at www.lbgregg.com.
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