Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.
Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?
First of all, I admit I read this as a standalone, so I have no backstory on Marc and Henry’s back history here. I’m not sure that it matters all that much. For a short story, Jensen gives the reader a solid setup and really good characters. We know who Marc and Henry are in their core and something about the situation of the evening as things go terribly wrong. Or right depending upon your perspective.
At first, I must have felt like them on a bad date, the rush of information, feeling a tad claustrophobic but as they talked, exploring avenues of escape and started getting to know each other better, I settled down and enjoyed their conversations and predicament. Henry comes off as the more genial and accessible of the two men. That he is at ease with his sexuality and Marc isn’t helps with the connection. Plus Marc comes off more of a bulldozer of a personality….if he runs through it or over it, it won’t be so painful… to him at any rate. So I’m not so sure what Henry sees in him. Maybe that’s in the other story. At any rate. I definitely liked this enough to go back and pickup the first story Counting Fence Posts . I’ll let you know what I find.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer. Works for the characters and for branding the series.
ebook, 1st edition, 63 pages
Expected publication: March 29th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635333466 (ISBN13: 9781635333466)