Rated 3.5 stars out of 5
Craig is having a really bad month. He is a strategic planner for an IT company and he’s very good at his job. He was up for a promotion that he didn’t get because an office sleezeball stole his ideas and took all the credit so got the promotion instead. When he decides he needs to take time away from work after hearing this news0, he starts a vacation that immediately is crappy when a well-known slimy slut tries to hit on him and ends up hitting him instead. His beloved mother is battling Alzheimer’s and of course that isn’t getting better. It’s just not a good time.
The only bright spot is the beautiful man he has been seeing at the coffee shop. The one with the “I would bottom you so hard” t-shirt that has featured in many of Craig’s dreams. All that has happened to him has brought him to the realization that he needs to make some changes in his life. When Jesse, the beautiful man, approaches Craig to talk, this is his chance. Craig is going to make those changes and he is going to start with learning to top. He’s always been a bottom, “…no one ever let Craig top. In thirty-two years of life, he’d never once topped.” He also realizes that “He wasn’t even sure he bottomed hard.” Changes, changes need to be made.
So he asks graduate student Jesse to teach him to top. He was astounded to find out Jesse had noticed him before and even more shocked to find out Jesse is attracted to him and is willing to tutor him in the art of the top (from the aspect of an awesome bottom). And so they begin.
I have to say – I really liked both Craig and Jesse. Craig, he is such a good person who really thinks so little of himself. “I mean, you don’t mind being with me? You know. Having people think I’m, like, your date or boyfriend or something.” While Jesse is the younger of them at 21, Craig at 32 comes across as the younger one. As part of their tutoring, Jesse declares that Craig’s final exam will be getting the promotion he deserved or one like it. So he’s going full out to help Craig make changes. Jesse is confident, sweet and knows what he wants; he is just what Craig needs.
I liked the two of them together as well. I liked how Jesse teaches Craig it’s okay to be yourself. “We have as much right to be lovers as anyone.” I loved the changes that Craig was able to make and how he started to look at himself. This was a sweet short story that made me smile. It’s not angsty or overly serious, just some sexy fluff.
I do have to mention that narration by Ry Forest/Stephen Kurpis was really good, the voices being very close to what I would expect by the description of the characters. Except for Ida, the waitress at the coffee shop, who for some reason had a deep gravelly voice!
Cover art: Reese Dante. It’s a great cover and works perfectly for the story.
Audible Audio, 3 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 2nd 2013)
Original TitleLove You So Hard
SeriesLove You So Stories #1