Review - Lakeside Reunion

My rating:

Lakeside Reunion

Lakeside Reunion
by Liz Winters

Tagged: Contemporary , Menage

Spoiler alert: This is one of those short-stories that's difficult to review without giving away most of the plot details. But then, this isn't a book you're going to read for its plot.

Chris has arranged a little reunion with his old college roommates Sean and Tim at an isolated vacation home. Chris had tried to deny his feelings while in school, but since graduating he has come to terms with his sexuality, and his strong attraction to Sean. He has learned that Sean is now out, so he's hoping he can finally have a chance to connect with his former roommate. But when Sean and Tim arrive, Chris gets the shocking news that they are a couple.

Chris is crushed by the news, especially since he has already made arrangements to move back to Chicago to be close to Sean. It doesn't help when he hears the two making love after going to bed that night. So, Chris is really surprised when the two men ask him to share their bed. As you might imagine, the experience rocks Chris' world.

This is a very short story that you will probably finish in a single sitting. While it is fairly complete as a story, it is still, at its heart, a work of pure erotica, a one-handed read if you will. As such, it does the job effectively. Short stories and novelettes are usually short on character development, but the three men in this book are developed enough for you to get into the narrative.

One thing I want to mention about the writing, because it's a first for me, is that at a couple points in the story I felt the language was a bit patronizing to gay men. As I say, this is a first for me. I've read work by authors I thought were closet misandrists, hiding a desire to punish men behind a cloak of BDSM, but this is the first time I've felt patronized. It's only a couple of points, and I suspect it was unintentional, but it still seemed worth mentioning.

“Lakeside Reunion” is available from Amazon.

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 12, 2013

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