Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ARC Review: Windsong by Caitlin Ricci

At seventeen, Jamie was cursed to always have his inner thoughts exposed as a tattoo across his neck for all the world to see. He lost his home, his family, and his relationship with his best friend when the tattoo outed him.

More than a decade later, he's a successful porn star who loves his life and never once thought about returning to the horse farm he grew up on. But his boss wants to do a shoot with him where he grew up, and Jamie can't say no.

Todd's rating:

This short story was about coming home again, regaining what you'd lost and reclaiming a life that should have always been lived, in spite of what others thought -- even if those naysayers were your very own parents.

I really liked the premise, that Jamie's tattoo always reveled his innermost thoughts. However, I felt that the story would have been much better if the explanation of how it came to be was more than a couple of quick paragraphs about the slighting of some random fae, especially since the existence of fae didn't even seem to be 'a thing', outside of that very brief info dump.

Also, I would have liked more on-page discussions between Jamie and his childhood best friend, Tom, before serious talks as to how Jamie would move forward in his life took place. But those were extremely brief as well, which left me wanting much more than being told vs. shown that dormant long ago feelings still burned as brightly as they once had.

For this to have been a story of a porn star, it felt a bit odd that the only sex in the story happened at the end, when the MC's quickly decided that they wanted more.

Overall, I think the concept behind the story was an amazing idea, which was vastly underutilized by using the short story format. If greatly expanded, I believe this one could've blown a lot of readers away. However, as is, it didn't feel deep enough to cover much new M/M ground. I'd rate this one at just under 3 stars and wish that the author would re-release this one as a full-length novel at some point.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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