Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know. Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he's so carefully constructed?
I won a copy of this book in a blog tour event, so I went blind into reading it, having no idea what it was going to be about.
Well, for one thing, it was too short! I really liked the characters, but everything happened so fast, and they fell so hard it was a little bit disconcerting. It is more an outline, a first draft of a story. They needed more flesh on their bones.
I liked viewing things from both sides, as the POV shifts were done really well (and I usually don’t like POV jumping at all).
I’m just not sure this is how things work in real life, but I am glad someone is writing about it. It made me think. It made me angry at the reactions. It made me scared for Taylor’s safety. What really got to me was the attitude in the gay circles. Talk about small-minded fools.
There was a bit too much explicit sex in it for my personal taste, but your mileage probably varies. It could have gone one more time through the editing process, but on the whole, it is a nice short story about a different kind of life. And of how we should all just start accepting people as they are.
I might have to check out these authors and what they’ve written outside of this story. I like their courage. I applaud them for writing this. Four stars for courage and insight.
I won this book on a blog tour, and a positive review wasn’t promised in return.
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