Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC
Date published: March 2013
Genre: M/M erotic short story
Book format: E-book
Obtained via: Publisher Gift
Reviewed by: Keldon
Sean is an out-of-work MBA, working at his dad’s car dealership for the past three months as a last resort. At thirty-four, he’d hoped to be independent and in a relationship by now, but life hasn’t been kind on either count. It doesn’t help matters that Sean has had a crush on the dealership’s manager for the past sixteen years.
Jackson Shaw is a bigger distraction than the high-end sports cars in the lot. Over the last decade, he’s morphed from a handsome salesman who “could sell sunlight to vampires” into a sexy supervisor. The touch of gray in his hair just makes him more irresistible, in Sean’s opinion.
When Jackson suggests he and Sean take a sexy red convertible for a test drive one night, Sean is all for it. Learning that Jackson has a mutual crush is like a dream come true, and after returning the car, the two adjourn to Jackson’s place for the night. Fraternization could get them both fired if Sean’s dad finds out, but the fire of attraction burns too hot to be ignored. One hot night together isn’t enough. Sean tries out a theoretical “what if I like someone at work” on his dad and is shot down. Neither Sean nor Jackson can afford to be unemployed, and they call it quits.
Two arduous weeks later, the two men are ready to sacrifice just about anything to be together, and the ending has a nice little twist.
This is straightforward piece, told in Sean’s first person point of view and uncluttered by subplots or behind-the-scenes machinations. The intimate encounters are plentiful and explicit, but provide enough internalization to satisfy the reader’s emotional requirements.
I’m a big fan of L.A. Witt—I’ve read all of her offerings from short stories to full-length novels. I enjoyed Test Drive, but prefer her longer works. As erotic short stories go, this is one of the better ones I’ve come across recently, and I’d recommend it for readers who want a dash of romance along with their erotica.
This is an objective review