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Short Story Reviews #6

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boy and bear

A Boy and His Bear by Arielle Pierce

Blurb: Together for the first time, the entire ‘Tale of a Twink’ collection! It includes:

Bent Over, Submission, Dominated, Possessed, Betrayed, His

When Alex goes on a night out with friends, all he’s expecting is a bit of fun. After all, he’s rather nerdy and not your stereotypical Latino lover. So when he lays eyes on one of the hot bears in the club, he thinks nothing will come of it. He’s too shy to come on to the older man, even if the bear is exactly his type.

But Peter has other ideas. He comes right in and lets Alex know just what he wants, and how he wants it. And he can’t wait…

Rating: ★★★

Review: I’m very sad to say that I was disappointed with this one.

I read the first short, on its own a while ago, and loved it. So reading this was a no brainer. Unfortunately, about halfway through, the story just got a little weird and unbelievable.

I love the romance between Alex and Peter, but as soon as Mark enters the story, it falls away. You lose the romance and it becomes more about possession, jealousy and domination. I have no problem with the BDSM aspect, but it got a little too much about the sex and not enough about the connection that had been there during the first half.

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twinkula

Twinkula by Ivan T. Dickinson

Blurb: Jared has always been an avid fan of dressing up. Whether for Trick-or-Treating, a party, or for a Sci-Fi convention, he never passes up a chance to don a costume. Even more, he loves to show off his costumes to the MAN OF THE HOUSE. But when Halloween comes up and Michael hasn’t heard a peep from Jared about his latest costume, he begins to think that phase is over. That is, until he turns around and is confronted by Count Twinkula! Now he can’t wait to give Jared his treat.

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I’ve read a couple of step father/son stories, but Ivan does it the best. You get the guilt, the doubt and all the mental anguish over whether it’s the right thing to do, but when the kid is this adamant and teasing, there’s really no choice. 😉 Loved it.

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Gentleman and Lamplighter

The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer Devon

Blurb: You Can’t Walk Away from Love.

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….

But You Can Walk Toward It…

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Okay, to start with, I read a few reviews (after reading it) that suggest this book should have been longer. While that would have been great, I think this short story can be summed up in one word:

Perfection.

The entire thing was beautiful. There’s nothing wrong with it, you get intense chemistry, brilliant characterisation, beautiful words and longing, all in a short story that you can read in one sitting. Which I did.

It’s the perfect blend of adorable romance, sadness, love and everything in between. I fell in love with John and Giles and will forever hate Wool, with a passion, for using Giles but never loving him. Thank God that John came along.

Favourite Quote: “In what world are you living?”

“The one you’re in, of course.”

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Class Mate 1

Class Mate #1 by Yamila Abraham

Blurb: Explicit adult content! A magical oracle forces the austere Mr. Taggert to fall in love with his capricious student Duncan.

Duncan’s numerous absences caused him to be held back three times. At age 19 his last chance to graduate is in Mr. Taggert’s class. He’s happy to be there since he’s had a crush on the sophisticated disciplinarian for a while. Taggert is shocked when the boy flirts with him. No one’s ever looked at the stern man that way before. At first he thinks Duncan is teasing him, but the boy soon makes his feelings clear.

Taggert isn’t about to have his career destroyed by a lovesick schoolboy—even one as lovely as Duncan. When Duncan prays to the oracle to intervene the flustered teacher is put in an even more compromising situation!

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I really enjoyed this. Other than some fan-fic I’ve read, it’s the first Yaoi for me and I’ll be reading more, because of this.

Yes, there were a few small issues with missing words or spelling, but I loved the story that much that it really deserves a 5. Funny, intriguing, kept me reading and had me laughing out loud and squirming at the risks Duncan took. I just love his character. I can’t wait for more of these characters and to delve into this genre.

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Class Mate 2

Class Mate #2 by Yamilla Abraham

Blurb: Explicit Adult Content! The 76 page conclusion! Teacher Mr. Taggert and student Duncan struggle to keep their love a secret at Chambridge Academy. Duncan refuses to wait until graduation to be with him. With the malevolent Ms. Gray hawking their every move Taggert is at his wits end.

Layer upon layer of complications beset the two lovers. They find they aren’t just separated by age, but by class. This is a reflection of their community. While the poor burn in a foundry accident the wealthy gossip and judge. Taggert and Duncan know their union will either become a bridge between the two worlds—or they’ll be run out of town.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Just as good, if not better than the first one. LOVED every minute of it. Some really laugh out loud moments, some Aww, lovey-dovey stuff. I could just read this series forever.

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My Strict Master

My Strict Master 1 by Jesse Cross

Blurb: I was bent over, my pants around my ankles. He poised himself at my tight entrance, his fingertips digging into my hips…
I was just a guy out on the scene looking for a good time. The vibe was good at the rave and the music was better. A good looking man, way too put together for an abandoned warehouse rave, chatted me up while I took a breather.

Anton was gorgeous, tall and had that alpha male swagger. He knew I was going to join him in the bathroom before he did. I was his plaything, but we’d be interrupted before things could get too crazy.

Or at least that’s what I thought. The truth was that the craziness was about to turn up to 11.

Over six thousand words of an obedient twink being bent over by a billionaire alpha male!

Rating: ★★★

Review: Any book by Jesse Cross is my guilty pleasure read. I love the build of this story, a little better than some others, but I really wish there would be an out and out novel, rather than all these parts that I have to wait for.

A few niggles – I’m not keen on men having ‘breasts’ and the constant use of ‘outer lone star’. It came across kind of creepy.

Otherwise, I liked the chemistry between the two MC’s and the possibilities of where it might lead.

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My Strict Master II

My Strict Master II by Jesse Cross

Blurb: Bent over the massive oak table, my pants around my ankles and this alpha male billionaire standing behind me…
His hot breath against my neck, his dominant posture…this was not how I thought this would go. Sure, I had been thinking about him for months, ever since he pushed me into that bathroom stall while we were both on Molly. Back then we were just two scene guys looking for a concert quickie. But now we were at his estate, the evidence of his wealth all around us while we tried to fix a business issue. How had I gotten myself into this situation, my hands tied behind my back, helpless against his punishments?

And why was I so turned on?

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I enjoyed Part 2 much more than Part 1. You get a deeper insight into the characters here and where the story will go. I still think it would read so much better as a novel. But I’m intrigued to see where it’s going.

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The Girl For Me

The Girl For Me by Failte

Blurb: Straight jockboy Kevin thinks he has gay, cross-dressing Danny under his thumb. Kevin only likes girls.

So… why does he keep thinking about her?

Or him.

Whatever.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: (Not technically a short story, but my review is short)

Okay, so this is a hard one for me.

Let’s start with the good -> this story is GOLD. I love the plot, the progress of characters and the way the story is told. I love that the story is about Dani/Daniel, who is a boy by birth, who enjoys wearing girls clothes, but doesn’t realise that she could actually be trans, until late on into the book. I was never confused, reading about Dani as a boy one minute and a girl the next. It made perfect sense for the character.
I LOVED Kevin. I loved their relationship with each other. I loved that he went from total douche bag to considerate, supportive boyfriend, in a reasonable time scale and with reasonable reactions. I liked how the book was mainly believable (although there were some incredulous moments). But, it’s fiction and I’m fine with a little ‘weird’ and ‘unbelievable’ in my fiction stories.
I loved Dani, too. I love her struggle, the realism of what she feels and how she discovers it. I love that she learns who she is, by being with Kevin, as much as he learns who he is, by being with her.
And I really love Uncle Keith. He’s a great character, for giving a little perspective and outside influence.

BUT -> the formatting, grammar, sentence structure is a mess. I can kind of forgive that, because it was free and it’s a free online read, probably for somewhere like Wattpad. To be quite honest, I liked the story regardless, so it deserves the 4. But, I’d also love to see it become what it could be, with proper editing/formatting.
There was no gap between scenes/days. Even just a one line space would have been good, instead of going from one paragraph/conversation, to something a week or a few days later, in the next one.
The book is basically 90% dialogue, sometimes going for an entire page without pointing out who is speaking, so it does get a little confusing, but I managed to keep track. I did sometimes have to go back a page, to figure out who was talking, but that was a small inconvenience.
There was a lot of jumping POV. I think it was omnipresent, most of the time, which was a little confusing at times, but it worked for the story, mostly.

Favourite Quote: “Kevin? Just tell me something: would you really rather have a boyfriend than a girlfriend?”

After several moments, Kevin replied, “You’re my girlfriend. And boyfriend. Best of both worlds, Danny!”

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Twelve Black Hearts for Christmas by Wulf

Blurb: For every good there is a dark… Christmas is no exception…

This story is free and can be downloaded from the authors website and All Romance.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: This was my first story by Wulf Francu Godgluck and it made me want to read more. I’ve never read a story with this premise before and it was both original and intriguing. At first, I felt like I’d walked in halfway through a story, but then it all began to make sense and I could see that although part of the ‘A Tooth, Claw and Horns Chronicle’, it could easily be read on its own and still make sense.

I loved the way that the story was told gradually, keeping secrets until the very end. I would love to read more about these characters and this world.

Favourite Quote: “He was like the trophy gay everyone loved and kept high on a pedestal, polished and shining.”

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