Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: Waiting, Hoping, Wishing (Love's Landscapes) by Nic Starr

Waiting, Hoping, Wishing (Love's Landscapes)
by Nic Starr 


My Rating: 3.5 of 4 Stars (based on Short & Light Read category)
Dear Author,He’s been waiting for that text for more than a week. Please tell us either what happens next or what happened to get him here and whether he frowns or smiles next.
Photo Description: A gorgeous young man is lying on a bed in nothing but his grey boxer briefs. He is clean-cut with a tanned, smooth and beautifully defined body. He should be enjoying the luxurious bed with its crisp, white linens as he relaxes in the hotel room, but his look is pensive. In the first photo, he is clearly worried and slightly sad. In the second photo, he is focused on his phone, as if it can provide the answers he is looking for.
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.

I love friends to lovers stories, especially when well done. Waiting, Hoping, Wishing is Nic Starr's contribution to a Love's Landscapes prompt and she did it so well. 

This is the story of best friends Dean and Matt. Both are openly gay, best friends since forever, closer than most, but never took the chance to declare their romantic love for each other.

Dean's experiences in the past, about being gay and facing bullies, had him keeping mostly to himself, never speaking or acting on his needs and dreams. He worked hard and was on the verge of finally getting his own business set up. Matt had moved on to join his own partner so Dean gave up on the idea of ever having a relationship with him other than friendship. When Matt calls to say that things did not work out as planned and had broken up with his partner, Dean felt a glimmer of hope.

Dean's hopes were realized when he and Matt finally get together but any happiness he feels may be dashed for Matt had not given a call for some time now. He needed to be with his friend and lover and will fight for their happily ever after. They both deserved it. 

This is a very short story and yet it hit all the right buttons in me. I laughed, I got angry and I got confused right along with Dean. This was written from his POV so I never really knew what Matt felt, only saw how he felt and acted. Romance wise, this was very romantic and very satisfying.

My only wish? That Nic Starr would find it in her heart to give us fans a follow-up story involving these men. They were a lovely couple and made my heartstrings thrum good. 

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