Rating: 4 stars out of 5
(3.5 stars rounded up to 4)
Despite being gifted with perfect recall and amazing financial acumen, Kyle’s abusive past has left him lonely and in need of stability and order since stress can cause him devastating physical symptoms. When he takes his therapist’s advice and ventures on a camping trip at a location chosen from pictures online, he finds much more than the peaceful escape he’d sought. Arriving in the middle of the night during a rainstorm and taken on the proverbial road less traveled route by his GPS, Kyle’s entrance into the park brings him immediately into contact with intrigue when he’s faced with a mysterious naked man standing on a picnic table glaring at Kyle with arms lifted to the sky.
I enjoyed this new-to-me author’s writing style from page one, and the story drew me in just as fast. Often shorter stories fail to make me care about the characters. That wasn’t the case here! This author did an excellent job of making me feel connected to Kyle almost instantly. His sense of humor comes shining through despite the angst of both a bad day and a troubled past.
Then there’s Hal and Jon and the mysterious loon. Intriguing characters in their own right. And woven all around them is a stunning setting, because the outdoors and camping are right up my alley.
In fact, this story has many of the elements I look for in a book: humor, angst, past trauma, the supernatural, light BDSM, and hot m/m action. So much potential! The first three-quarters had me enthralled, then rather abruptly the pace sped up, skimming over so much and leaving me with many questions. Leaving me wanting more. I enjoyed this story very much, but its short length didn’t allow it to adequately explore its potential.
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht – The cover captures the many nuances of this short novella. Glowing sun through the trees brings me right into the nature setting, the mysterious and intense gaze of the loon floating near the bottom and the troubled eyes of the handsome man draw me right in.
ebook, 54 pages
Published January 7th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC