Bastards and Pretty Boys
by K. Z. Snow
Charles Larkin is finally happy with his life…for the most part. He’s happy with his new summer getaway—a rustic cottage he just bought on a small Wisconsin lake. He’s happy that his ex-wife, whom he divorced because he couldn’t play straight anymore, has become one of his best friends. He’s happy he can breathe again.My review guidelines can be found HERE.
It’s only Kenneth, Charlie’s boyfriend of five months, who makes this new life less than completely satisfying. Charlie feels they’ve never been quite right for each other, and Kenneth cements that conviction when he makes a disturbing confession. Charlie knows their time together is quickly coming to an end. Problem is, Kenneth doesn’t know it. And he tends to be rather possessive.
Planning to spend a quiet, relaxing two or three weeks at Cloud Lake—fixing up his place, reading, even attempting to overcome his fear of water—Charlie is less than thrilled to discover his next-door neighbor is one hell of a looker. He doesn’t need that kind of distraction, especially since his issues with Kenneth haven’t yet been resolved. But there’s a ninety percent chance the neighbor is straight, has a wife or girlfriend, and could be leaving the next day. Charlie clings to those probabilities.
Only, Booker isn’t going anywhere, and he isn’t that easily ignored. And neither is his unexpected, none-too-savory baggage. And neither, for that matter, is Charlie's. But when two people care enough about each other, they figure out how to help carry each other's baggage…or cast it aside.
This novella explores good and bad relationships. It just happens to feature men who enjoy having sex with each other.
by Lyn Taylor
- Emotional turmoil suggested in distressed font
- Pretty Boys text lost in the background
- Hair masking is a little rough, but it is a hard talent to master
- Representative of the story! No unnecessary bare chests here because sex is not the focus.
- Recorded Sex
- Inappropriate Touching
- A day at the beach? How about a day at the pond?
- This story stuck with me for the emotional nudity.
- The vulnerability involved in a hidden relationship and the freedom of release.
- Release from the closet, release from a stale relationship, release from abuse, release from self-degradation.
- Also, adult mental sexual abuse is addressed in a manner that is not cliche or judgmental.
- Your heart may be slightly scratched but the wounds will be lovingly laved clean by the end of this story.