Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is the first story I’ve read by this author, and it was very sweet. And very short! I’m not usually a fan of short stories, and though I enjoyed this, I would not have wanted to pay for it individually. Maybe as part of a collection…
Mason was married to an Air Force officer, staying with him through multiple deployments and through the long years of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. When DADT was finally repealed, they married, had a daughter via surrogate, and settled down to a long and happy life together.
And then Mason’s husband was killed, leaving Mason a single father, isolated, and lonely.
Their daughter Nik became Mason’s entire life. Four years later, he was still continuously grieving, and still having nightmares about his husband’s death. He was an absolutely devoted father, and when he finally gave in to his daughter’s desire to have a puppy, he found not only an energetic and loving little ball of fur for Nik, but a cute younger man who worked at the pet store. Jeremy was clearly interested in Mason, and immediately pursued him and pushed through all of Mason’s barriers and insecurities. When Jeremy was injured saving Nik’s life, that attraction turned into love. The End.
I prefer to read a book that I can really sink my teeth into, and what I got most from this story was that if someone took the bare bones of it, and lost the insta-love aspect, perhaps fleshed out Mason’s first marriage, expanded it… Well, you get the story. I can’t be satisfied with a bite – I want a meal. So though this is a nice story, I wouldn’t go back and read more.
Cover art by Emmy@studioenp was surprisingly nice – the model on the cover is exactly how I pictured Mason – a little skinny, a little unsure, and the puppy of course is just adorable.
ebook, 39 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Pride Publishing