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Standard Candle

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Denny Wyatt: friend.

Denny, who sleeps in threadbare tees that smell like his cigarettes, who coats his arms in the guts of engines, who kisses like he's sampling you, scenting you, until you forget that there are things you can't afford to forget.

Denny Wyatt: with benefits.

It's not dating. You've both done enough of that. You're both stuck in this town, you're both going n
ebook, 59 pages
Published July 20th 2020 by Draft2Digital
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Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Standard Candle is a short novella, set over a single night in the life of Avery and Denny, who are best friends with benefits. It is written in the second person, so it takes you into Avery’s mind, while he realises over the course of the night that he’s in love with his best friend. It’s quite an emotional story, as Avery struggles with low self esteem and doubts of their relationship. As it is only set over a
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: shorties
2.5 stars

There was a little too much internal monologue for such a short story, but I liked the concept, and I felt like the author effectively delivered nine years worth of friendship into my brain with the short snapshots of memories Avery showed us here and there. 

I got a clear enough picture of who Avery is in these 50 pages that I can say my biggest complaint -- (view spoiler) -- feels very much in character. Which is pretty impressive cons
Precious! And oh-so beautiful!
I am a big fan of novellas and not many writers can set a premise, walk us through the MCs history and journey, show us the depth and value of the bond the two MCs share, make us yearn with the emotive highs of their intimacy and satiate our need for a HEA.
But this piece of writing here, in less than 60 pgs, took me through it all.

Told in 2nd person, the premise is a little vague to grab on immediately, but as the narrator -Avery weaves together his perception of hi
3.5 stars

I love curling up with short stories on a weekend afternoon. You get right to the point, revel in the enjoyment, and still have time for whatever else in on the agenda. Standard Candle was a unique and well done short that explored a specific moment in a relationship, and I thought it was great.
Often times in romances there is a particular moment where things click. This seems especially true in friends-to-lovers stories, and I, for one, eagerly await to see what the tipping point will
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
“Standard Candle” is a novella that focuses on one moment in Avery and Denny’s relationship. This is a very quick story, estimated fifty-nine pages, about two friends coming to terms with their feelings, that is told entirely from Avery’s point of view. I found this story to be hard to follow at times and felt like I was missing parts of a much larger story. I wished we could have gotten some of Denny’s point of views thrown in, maybe that would have helped. This novella never grabbed my attenti ...more
Jean Malherbe
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A most unusual little book, this one.
A sweet, short read, written in second person format from the POV of one of the MCs.
This story is a telling of a tale with very little actual interaction or dialogue between characters.
Although it's a quick read, it's not a comfortable "flowing" read because of this unusual approach.
It's almost like the unfolding of the story happens in a dreamlike place where you're unable to enter the story but are watching it happen through fro
Madhu MaBookYard -
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Rating : 4🌟
Kindle/ GRR/ July2020
Thank you so much GRR for the gifted review copy, so I can provide my unbiased opinion.
This book is a short novella that follows our main characters Avery and Denny , over a very crucial moment and decision of their lives.
First, Can we just talk about that cover? I mean how can i not fall in love with books because of covers when beauties like this exists? Anyways, coming to the story, this book was written in an interesting an
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog, purchased
Different but I loved it.

OK, I have to start out by saying that I nearly DNF this one after reading just a few pages. Next, I have to say how HAPPY I am that I kept reading. I don't know what POV this story is written in; it's different from anything I've read before (at least as far as I can remember). When I tried to look it up, I came up with the uncommon second person POV but that didn't exactly seem to fit either. It's almost like it's first person POV but the story teller is talking about
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is a short (just under 50 pages) read, but it packs in a lot of emotion. Maybe too much.

The story is relatively simple, highlighting a single night in the relationship between Denny and Avery. They’ve been friends and friends with benefits, but now Avery has an epiphany—he’s in love with Denny. He decides to tell Denny how he feels in the hopes that they can take their relationship to a new level, but it doesn’t exactly go smoothly.

The author chooses to tell her story in second per
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novella is more about a moment than it is a relationship. Lindsey has a fantastic writing style that I found really emotional and expressive. It was a pleasure to read.

Avery, the narrator of this book has come to the point at which he has realized that his long-time friend and sometime lover Denny means a lot to him. I'm struggling to describe the book because it's beautiful and the writing is quite magical.  I was really emotionally involved with the two characters because the writing was
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
This is a short novella that focuses on one moment in the main characters, Avery and Denny's relationship; however, it is told only in Avery's point of view. It centers on two friends coming to terms with their friendship evolving into a relationship that exists beyond the "friends with benefits" tag.

Now, I am not familiar with this author, but I will say that the writing style is quite unique. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I fully connected with that style of writing. It was almost like a ran
Jenny Saul-Avila
This was a unique short story, at least I felt the writing as unique.
In the blurb, there is Denny and there is "you." This remains the same in the telling of the story. There is Denny and there is Avery, but Avery is "you." You see Avery's thoughts, his stream of consciousness of observations, fears, memories and memories, and you feel all the senses as if you are Avery and this is happening right now, all of it. These few moments in time that the story shows, in past and present, all happen to
Amy Stauffer
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-plus, arcs
This short story is unlike anything I’ve read before. It doesn’t tell you Avery & Denny’s entire story; it gives you an in depth look at one monumental moment in their life. The amount of detail the author puts into this moment is incredible. It’s also very relatable. This novella is told as if YOU are Avery. At first I thought it was in third person, but it doesn’t quite fit that definition. It’s intriguing, unique. It puts the reader IN the story, as an active participant. Overall this is an e ...more
Rosy Benefeito
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hawt, sweet and emotional!

I started the novella late one night and had to stop because it was waaayy past my bedtime. Thank goodness I stopped where I did. When I picked it up the next night, I couldn’t put it down! You just can’t put it down when you are in the middle of all the emotional workings of Denny and Avery!! The author weaved in two very emotional people and their struggles within themselves flawlessly. I wish I knew more about them..... and that’s what makes a good novella to me. Gi
Ida Umphers
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book a really nice change. I am a heavy m/m romance reader and generally like the long, leisurely build up of a romantic story but every now and then I like to be surprised. This story takes you deeply into a moment in time where a relationship changes and it does that from inside one character's head. You feel everything in the moment and that can be both incredibly wonderful and incredibly painful. Highly recommended. ...more
Janet Hunt
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a short story, novella. It was unusual as it was told in Avery’s, the second characters POV. Denny realizes that he’s in love with Avery and decides to tell him. They have been friends/friends with benefits for a while. But things don’t go so smoothly. It was an interesting story, felt a little one sided.
I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.
Amber Antus
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella was interesting. It took me a little to get into it. The novella is told from the second person point of view as if you are Avery and having these feelings for Denny. Half the book is realizing that you, Avery, have been in love with your best friend and the other half is nothing but sex. The novella is kind of heavy on low self esteem. This novella isn't for everyone so I would say read with caution. ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, reviewed, short-story
“The Standard Candle is a measurement of light source intensity.”

Denny and Avery are friends, possibly more. They’ve never quantified their relationship. Until Avery realizes that Denny is the standard by which he judges life.

Short story, writing is a little odd but it grew on me. Very little backstory, almost a moment in time. But I think that’s what created the book’s intensity.

Joscelyn Smith
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
An engaging look at the progression of a relationship. Denny and Avery were great characters and I enjoyed seeing Denny through Avery's eyes as he falls in love with his friend. It's short but lovely.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the GRR team*
Patricia Nelson
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED reading this marvelous, grab-you-by-the-feels, tug-at-your-heartstrings, emotionally charged, poignant, sexy, powerful, and totally awesome turning point moment in Every and Denny's relationship. ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella is about a moment in Avery's (MC) life than it is a relationship. The author did a fantastic job with her writing style that I found really emotional and expressive. I was so sad that this was a short novella.
I recommend it...
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read this author before. Their style is very unique. It’s like stream of consciousness and run on sentences. I liked it. It was very raw and real.
This is definitely not a typical romance and I was okay with it and how it ended.
This is a second by second study in passion and realizing you love someone.
It reaches a climax that has build up over 9 years.
Denny and Avery had been friends but in the space of one evening truly become lovers.
Beautifully written with sparse dialogue.
You have to experience this!
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This was very different for me. I can not think of many books I have read in second person POV and I am not sure it worked for me.
This was a short novella but I kind of felt cheated because we only get one side of the story.
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Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story about best friends Denny and Avery. Good writing, great characters, I'll look for more by this author. ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
This read to me as stream of consciousness, a style I am not used to.

I received this as a prize in the MM Goodreads annual party.
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G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz before moving to Northern England for her master’s. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl... and a writer” or “a paleontologist... and a writer.”

Aside from her salacious ongoing affair with the horror genre, she engage

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