Author: Kevin Caucher
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
The post-apocalyptic world has changed. Colors have changed.The skies are now red, and the seas fandango pink.There are those who’ve acquired skills as “squinters”. By narrowing their eyes, they can see people in different colors—colors by which they can define their mood.Senlin was born a squinter. A child of the foster system, the lack of love has left him with casual views on sex.When Sicong recruits him into SQX, a squinter organization, Senlin wants nothing more than to jump his bones, but Sicong’s detachment makes Senlin believe his feelings aren’t reciprocated.Senlin and Sicong’s relationship begins to grow as they undertake missions together.That is, until an enemy of SQX turns his attention upon them.
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THE NEXT DAY I woke in the late morning, unusually early for me, because of the restless sleep. I picked up the card Sicong left me and wondered if I should go. It sounded exciting to learn about my abilities, but I didn’t like the mission aspect of it.
It was a good day. The sky was cloudless and the sun was shining. I decided to go for a walk to help with my confusion. With the light breeze, I walked randomly around the neighborhood. It didn’t help with clearing my head, though, because all the faces of the guys I saw somehow changed into Sicong’s. I couldn’t deny Sicong was a bit fascinating. Okay, a lot fascinating, because he was hot and dangerous. Also, I remembered him telling me that if I squinted at him, he’d be light gray. That was new, because I seldom saw anyone who turned gray, or any shades of black for that matter. I meandered some more before I found myself in a part of town I rarely frequented. I looked about, trying to figure out where I was, when I focused on a rather plain building. It was ordinary, but I felt it was somehow familiar. I read the address and found it vaguely recognizable. “Twenty-Three Indigo Avenue.”
Then I saw him. Still clad in leather pants and sporting the spiky hair, it was the guy I’d been seeing in every guy’s face. Sicong. He walked toward me.
“You found us, I see.” He held out his hand.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Lime & Tangerine is one of those surprise reads that made me mad when I turned the page thinking there was more only to find out, it was the end. That was disappointing, for there I was, eating, munching on my food, savoring Sicong and Senlin's developing romance and just when I thought the going was getting to be more exciting, it ended.
Senlin was born in a time after the world's ecology fell to industrialization and everything is changed. The colors we know today are not what they are in this world. The people are much changed too. Was it because of the change? We don't know, Senlin doesn't know. What he does know is he has a gift and it's been keeping him safe and fed for as long as he could remember. He even used it to pick up bed partners for the night. He used his gift indiscriminately, not really understanding the pros and consequences. When he sets his eyes on a sexy man clad in black, he finds his world upside down and his feeling inside out.
Sicong recognizes the rogue young man as a squinter, one who sees the auras of people he focuses on. He recruits Senlin into joining his organization, the SQX. It is an organization made up of gifted squinters who use their gift to defend man and law. Senlin, in his need to be nearer Sicong, readily agrees. Never did he imagine his life would get even more exciting and colorful. Especially when Sicong's colors begin to change whenever Senlin was around.
This is a short story but it was such a great read it grabbed my imagination. I like the world building although I must admit I want to know more how the world changed. Then again, even the characters don't know themselves so I leave it at that. What I do want is just more of Senlin and Sicong, they are sexy and work so well together they positively screamed cheesy in their romance in a truly beautiful way. Also, I just want more of these men...did I say that?
The angst that comes in is expected, but the consequence of an action and how Sicong handles it--fistpump! Simple, efficient and well done!
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Growing up in China, KEVIN CAUCHER never thought he’d grow up loving to write; never did he expect himself ending up in Australia either. He is now happily partnered in NSW Illawarra area and writing.
Kevin’s writing is mainly influenced by his growing up as a gay Chinese; he also sometimes pops out totally random stories that has nothing to do with his growing up.
Besides his passion for writing, Kevin has also opened a cafe in December 2015. “There, the cliché of authors writing in a cafe.”
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