Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The day Ryan Fulton realizes he’s in love with Jamie Holt is the day he knows he’s losing him. With blue-tinted white blond hair, eyeliner, and a personality to match, Ryan knows he’s a bit much. But can he change? Can he tone it down and, if he does, can he live like that? He’d never suspect Jamie of cheating, but maybe his closeted boyfriend decided flamboyant Ryan wasn’t worth the effort.
But Ryan isn’t going to take it lying down. Determined to win Jamie back, Ryan even decides to get rid of the black and blue lace undies he just bought.
Then Jamie comes home and says they need to talk.
This is a short story (211 locations on Kindle) detailing a scary moment for Ryan in his relationship with Jamie. Jamie is the epitome of professional and, in Ryan’s words, “Jamie was all but in the closet, Ryan was…out there.” Jamie wears suits, Ryan wears tight pants, eyeliner and dyes his hair white and blue. They live together and are happy. At least Ryan thought so until Jamie starts to act suspicious. Text messages and calls from “no one”; leaving home or coming home late with no real explanation of where he’s been, changing passwords and general evasiveness. Ryan knows he can be “a bit much” and wants to tone it down, do whatever he can to keep Jamie. Or, woo him back. “Woo him…” Aiden’s face was a picture. “What are you? Some kind of fricking Victorian mill owner?” Aiden is Ryan’s best friend and he’s lovely. He’s also convinced Ryan has lost his mind about Jamie, as he knows Jamie adores Ryan. But the evidence is against him.
Because the story is so short, this is really just a scene from their lives. I thought it was well written and the misunderstanding completely understandable. I would have loved more, because I wanted to know – how did they meet? What did Jamie’s family think of Ryan? Why is Jamie closeted? Their history and backstory, because I liked them very much.
It is a cute, sweet short for a super quick read.
The cover is the generic JMS cover for the recent shorts so really has no connection to this book.