It’s been an incredibly interesting experience watching reviews come in for my first published works. Kinda like waiting for your kid’s first report card (I suppose – not actually having children myself.) I wanted to share a couple of recent reviews that made me smile.
First, for Blindside from the Like it or Not anthology;
“This was my favourite story in the anthology, perhaps because as well as the dub-con, it was a true romance with a lovely ending which made me go awwwww. The story follows Matt who is in his first year of College and plays rugby. When Matt attends an appointment for a check-up at the College health centre, he finds it’s all part of a hazing involving a fellow team-mate, Upperclassman Dylan. Matt endures his treatment the best he can especially as he’s struggling with a huge crush on Dylan. I really liked the character of Matt and felt that his struggles to conceal his homosexuality were shown realistically. The dubious consent is actually pretty tame, with most of the story showing Matt’s confusion over Dylan’s actions and trying to find some meaning in them. Again the closed third person narrative meant that we are kept guessing along with Matt, and so Dylan is a bit of an unknown quantity but we are given enough in his actions and occasional glimpses behind the hard facade to be prepared for the happy ending.” Excerpted from the review on Well Read.
Second, a brief review of my story, Fanboys, from The Boys Club;
“Shane and Danny are two star-struck fans of actor Eric Ashcroft. They contrive to meet their idol, who is filming nearby, and get much more than they bargained for when the star invites the young men back to his trailer. A rather sweet little crush fantasy.” Excerpted from Michael Joseph‘s review.