Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 8/15/12
Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.
Chris is mugged at the ATM on his way to work, early one morning. He managed to throw a punch, but it wasn’t enough to save him. He’s rescued by Paul, a large man on an equally large motorbike. Chris is surprised when, instead of berating him or laughing at him, Paul befriends him.
I really enjoyed this short story. Of course, I worked out the solution long before Chris did, but there were plenty of interesting twists and turns on the journey, so that didn’t really matter too much. There was also one loose end, which I’m really hoping means there’ll be another story coming soon.
All in all, the story was quite clever, and amazingly fulfilling for such a short length. Both Chris and Paul were well developed characters, a couple of other people were sketched in briefly, but with enough personality not to be cardboard cutouts, and the ups and downs along the way made for great reading. I also enjoyed the vivid slice of British life delivered by the setting and background to the story.
The romance is sweet, not erotic, but that’s appropriate. We see this book as the beginning of the story, a promise of things to come. Obviously, in 8000 words there’s not room for much development, but the author has used the word count for story and the main characters, and that’s worked out well. A good, fast read, perfect for your commute or lunch break.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.