Three delightful short stories about how love begins in the most unexpected ways.
Meet Elliot and Dan in ‘Benchpressed’
City planner Elliot meets personal trainer Dan and between them, they whip the gym into shape…“I happen to think you have a very nice belly,” Dan murmured. “It makes a change from the usual devotion to keeping a six pack.” His tone went dreamy. “I like a man with a bit of meat on him.”Oh, fuck me. That sounded a bit awkward, even to me. My body flushed with heat and I cleared my throat.
Meet Davey and Gus in ‘Dear Davey’Agony Aunt columnist Davey has an unfortunate habit of causing mayhem for fellow worker Gus. He also has no filter. Remind you of someone?“Oh, and I’m sorry I set fire to your waste bin yesterday,” I muttered.“Who else would it have been?” he said. “Do I need to take out company hazard pay when I go out with you?”I huffed, flicking my hair back from my forehead. “Puhleaze. It’d be worth every penny, I promise.”Behind me, Gus’s cologne invaded my nostrils and I closed my eyes, inhaling his scent.
Meet Cooper and Robbie in ‘Banana Appeal’An errant gecko brings Graphic artist Cooper meets neighbour Robbie together. There may also be a banana involved.I took a step forward, brandishing the banana toward him as if entreating him to eat it. Robbie took a step back, a wary look crossing his face. I wondered whether he’d expected me to ask him to fellate it. Because that would have been a complete waste when my dick was willing to be wrapped between those full lips. The banana didn’t stand a fucking chance if I got in there first.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
These days, I don't have much energy for lengthy novels so go for the novellas and the short stories. I found out that most writers find writing shorter stories more of a challenge than writing out the longer ones. The reason is they need to pack in so much in so little space. This brings me to Susan Mac Nicol's short story adventure, and yes, this is an adventure to read. If you want to end the book with a huge smile on your face, this is a good one to pick up. There is nothing but HEA in these stories of how the men first met their forever man.
The three stories are very short, so let me just tell you which one is my favorite. Mind you, all of these are very well written as only a Mac Nicol can. My fave is Banana Appeal. From the beginning, this one made me smile the widest. When I reached the end, I literally screamed because I was that happy.
Sad stories are good, those full of angst are even better (or so some people say, I personally prefer the happy), and then there are just the feel-good ones that gives you the feels. Banana Appeal. Oh, yes. Sigh. Now, if Ms Susan can give us a longer version. That wouldn't be asking for too much, right?