This was such a cute story. I love reading about characters whose crushes show with frustration and fighting. It must be the schoolyard boy in me who...moreThis was such a cute story. I love reading about characters whose crushes show with frustration and fighting. It must be the schoolyard boy in me who loves to laugh and the oblivious characters. Plus, it makes for some funny dialogue.
My only wish was that there was about 10-15 extra pages. The story ended just as it was getting started. Still, I loved that scene at the end when they're drying off in the cab of Lulu :) So sweet.(less)
Steamy, deliciously smutty story about two lone wolves and roommates. Steve has just come out of the closet since he can't come out as a wolf, but mos...moreSteamy, deliciously smutty story about two lone wolves and roommates. Steve has just come out of the closet since he can't come out as a wolf, but mostly to get his roommate to notice him. It doesn't seem to work, nor does the parade of guys he's brought through the house in the one week he's been out of the closet, so Steve comes up with a new plan that hopefully won't fail as the others have. It gets four stars for the alone!(less)
Cory’s car won’t start and just about everyone has left campus already to head home for winter break. Then, who should come to his rescue but Jeff, star basketball player and Cory’s secret high school crush? When his car won’t start, Jeff surprises Cory by not only waiting for a tow to a local garage, but also giving him a three hour ride home. Then, before he can even allow his old feelings for Jeff to resurface, one day Cory sees Jeff and his father fighting outside their house in their hometown. Cory isn’t sure whether he’s returning the favor of being a friend or furthering his fantasy of getting close to Jeff, but lending an ear to Jeff’s troubles gives him a shock or two than completely changes the game.
This was a short, sweet story that dealt with a pretty straight forward message against bullying by using a familiar opposites attract duo — the jock and the goth kid. Cory has grown out of his shyness with college and the network he as been able to enter there — friends, a Gay-Straight Alliance, acceptance. His rebellion from being stuck in his hometown has quieted and the goth clothes have gone away. From Cory’s POV, Jeff is the epitome of straight cool, and though his crush on Jeff has also gone a bit into history, he still holds some feelings for him, shown by the fact that he still never misses any of his home games. Yet, now the feelings are somewhat love/hate. Jeff once stood up for him when he was being taunted, but in light of the Jeff he knows now, was that still a cowardly act? He’s not sure.
This was well written and there isn’t much to critique. Though dealing with heavy issues, they were generally in the past and hadn’t overly-affected Cory in a negative way, so the story remained light. A good story for the them “It Get’s Better,” also evidenced in a line in the story. B-(less)
Returning home to Vermont after a few weeks away, Kyle stops under an overpass in a violent storm when he sees a...moreReviewed at Brief Encounters Reviews.
Returning home to Vermont after a few weeks away, Kyle stops under an overpass in a violent storm when he sees a dispirited figure curled up in the elements riding out the storm. Forgoing his usual reserve, Kyle invites the stranger into his car and offers him a ride. But, not only is he shocked that the man seems to know his name, but by his visage in the car’s light, a beautiful and weathered face marred with one long thick scar. Looking past the scar, Kyle can see that the man is Gage, once the love of his young, teenaged life and the man that left him and their town behind after Gage’s conservative father found them together in the family’s hayloft. Now he is broken, scarred and suffers from seizures that cause short-term amnesia. On the way to Kyle’s home, he and Gage discuss their lives since they parted and if there’s any chance for them in the future, or if there even will be a future.
This story started out on a really strong note. The setting, tone and mood were superb in a classic B-movie horror flick scenario (storm, dark road, picking up a scared and scraggly hitchhiker), yet underscored with sadness and regret once Kyle understand’s just who the unkempt and sad man is. It made me excited about the story, but I was disappointed when after that scene, I felt the story progressed way too quickly. It isn’t only that the story is much too large for 24 pages, with too much shared history and anger and regret accumulated between them, but also that I felt the pace and tone changed from that first scene. Once the two men made it safety out of the storm, the story moved from slow, concerned and considering to a quick deluge of feelings and what seemed to me a more rosy view of the situation than I had seen from the beginning of the story.
Though I found that a major disruption from my enjoyment of the story, I still liked the story. It was hopeful and deals with a pretty literal translation of the It Gets Better theme, which I liked. Gage is truly broken, his face a manifestation of the split that has occurred within him, one that Kyle sees as part of his burden to help bear and heal. I liked the little bits of history that they share greatly, the random childhood stories they think of in lulls of conversation that really show the history they share and that they were once just two boys who were best friends. I felt like the characters would make a good team in the future from that shared history and those little stories. Yet, still, I wish the story had been twice as long, with a little more give and take in dialogue and more time for the characters to come together, make concessions in their mutual feelings and get to know each other again.
Erim is traveling with his lover Adair to his home for the first time, the first time that Adair has been home sin...moreReview for Brief Encounters Reviews.
Erim is traveling with his lover Adair to his home for the first time, the first time that Adair has been home since he left town after his first love Rhaine died. Even though Erim doesn’t share the beliefs of Adair and his family, he’s willing to light a candle for their spirits that night alongside Adair’s father and the candle for Rhaine. A soldier, Erim doesn’t believe himself eloquent, but he knows what Adair means to him and at some point he’ll have to find the words when Adair faces that the chapter of his life with Rhaine has ended and another with Erim has begun.
I really enjoyed this very short and sweet story. The plot is minimal, but I got the feeling that Erim and Adair really love each other and that they’ve found the one meant for them and appreciate it. There is a slow and steady tone to the story that works well with the celebration and remembrance of Samhain and the secondary characters of Adair’s family. I liked the little details about the world and time, especially in the beliefs of the family, which Adair mentions come from their supposed descendance from Fairies (which is given creed by his slightly tapered ears).
The sex scene between the two is sweet, even though I’d thought it could be a bit more intimate because of the placement in the story. In fact, even though having the scene worked in the story, I could have done without it. I thought that the message it meant of convey (a loving covenant) was pretty well made by then, as I thought the two characters had a pretty strong connection already.
The story is pretty well contained and certainly doesn’t overdo the amount of plot or story wanted in so short a word count. Still, I wouldn’t have minded a bit more — if not more plot, then a bit more about their relationship history, the beliefs of the family and their heritage, as well as world-building in general. Is there magic in this world? I understand that isn’t the point of the story. Still, the few little details about Adair’s ears and such made me curious.