A graduate student conference is the setting for this sweet and sexy short novella. While Jonah and Xavier meet like any other students, their reaction to each other is strong enough to entice them into a little late night rendezvous. The writing is eloquent and charming, while giving a down to earth snapshot of the life of a grad student. Jonah has been so focussed on the academic side of the conference that meeting Xavier who is clearly interested in more than just being friends is a bit of a brain tease - turning off the intellectual part of him and turning on the physical. Xavier is a little older and wiser and when he invites Jonah to consider continuing their relationship past the conference it's clear he means it. They share a sexy scene together, but more than that, it's the start of what could clearly be something serious between them. It's wonderful to see an ethnically diverse queer romance, with Jonah a black man and Xavier a Filipino that doesn't rely on stereotypes to showcase their attraction. They are just two men, discovering a common connection. 4 stars.
Note: a copy of this story was provided by the author for review.