Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review: Awakenings (Love's Landscapes) by Jayson James

Awakenings (Love's Landscapes)
by Jayson James

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Dear Author,
I’d always considered myself sort of asexual up until now. In high school no one interested me and I was too busy with schoolwork to date anyway. I figured I didn’t have a big sex drive or I just hadn’t met the right girl. However, the more time I spend with my roommate, Ben, the more I’m reconsidering everything.
The more he walks around half dressed the more I keep noticing him. Even if I am attracted to him, which I’m not sure that I am, I don’t think he would be into me. He seems like the type of guy that girls flock to. He couldn’t be interested in me, could he?
Requests: Clearly I’m angling for a gay-for-you here, folks! It can be a double or single GFY, lots of sexual tension (please!), slow build romance, lots of heat. I would rather no BDSM but some light stuff wouldn’t bother me.

Photo Description:
The photo is of a muscular guy in his early 20’s with smooth tan skin and dark brown hair that is combed back to spike up. He is standing behind a vacuum cleaner in a pair of blue boxer briefs with a grin on his face in what appears to be a bedroom and the picture seems to be candid.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

Awakenings is a Gay For You or GFY story about two college roommates who gradually got to know each other, got used to each other, and basically just fell for each other. These two men were poles opposite and yet they fit perfectly.

This is set in a college campus where both Ben and Solomon, or Solo, are roommates. There is no mention of a fraternity so I am not sure about that. The story starts out with both young men already very comfortable with the other so there is no insecurity on that end. When Ben and Solo start doing things beyond what straight guys usually do when there are no girls around, it starts out with little discomfort which made Solo question himself and their relationship. Ben is so secure in his masculinity that he can shed his clothes without modesty be it in the privacy of his room or outside the dorm. Solo cannot but keep his eyes on his friend and soon has thoughts that (he thinks) he should be ashamed of (but is really not). Ben is not helping as he just keeps being who he is and continues to instigate some encounters that both young men wholeheartedly jump into. Their verbal sparring is quite revealing and yet Solo tries half-heartedly tries to ignore it and epically fails. It was not a surprise when others looked at them and immediately concluded they were a couple.

This is a very short and light read and yet I really loved it, especially as these two men reminded me so much of two friends in college who were straight as arrows, ran naked on the grounds most times even when the snow was falling and were considered as the bestest of friends. I had concluded then they were a couple but their fraternity brothers always denied it. Well, needless to say, on our third year, they were inseparable and did confirm in the end they were a couple. They never acted or looked gay, in the sense that many think gay men should act. Definitely, the two were a sarcastic/comedic duo and played Lacrosse so were hunks in their own right. 

Now, Jayson James is an author whose writing style is quite different from the rest out there. His stories ring true, and his work comes across, to me at least, as a man telling a story usually does: sarcastic, realistic, blunt, no hesitance, and blunt. Did I say blunt? Which makes me love his work even more. That there is a bit of erotic here is a bonus hehehehehehe.

I must say though, I am stomping my feet here, I want more of Ben and Solo. 

Shout out to the author!!!!! Let there be more of these two, please!

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