A chance encounter between two men … Can it lead to more?
Author: Peter Melillo
Publisher: JMS Books
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
On his way home one rainy night Ezra sees a bicycle rider take a tumble, and only avoids a serious accident by some adroit driving. The man is Chu Ke Tsai, an unlikely person to meet on a dark road in rural America. It’s late, Chu Ke Tsai’s bike is trashed, and they are both wet through and cold, so Ezra takes Ke home.
A hot shower leads to excellent impromptu sex. These two men come from different backgrounds, experiences, parts of the world, and ages, but the electricity between them is undeniable.
The next morning at breakfast they deliberate on escalating their chance encounter into something more. How much does one need to know about another person before moving forward?
Polarity is a novella that tells the tale of Ezra, an electrical engineer, who meets Chu Ke Tsai one rainy night when Ezra almost runs over Ke after he’s had a bike accident. Both cold and wet from the heavy rain, they go to Ezra’s nearby house, shower, and have sex. According to the story, as told from Ezra’s point of view, electricity pops around them during their sexual encounter, and this was caused by polarity since they together complete the electrical circuit.
I unfortunately never really connected with this short story – I actually read it twice to be certain that I didn’t miss something when I first read it. There’s no discernible chemistry whatsoever between Ezra and Ke. They just meet, go home, shower and do the deed. Pardon the pun, but there is no sexual energy or build-up for the reader. The characterizations of Ezra and Ke are seemingly without depth, and much of the dialog between the two men is odd and stilted. There is also a social/political message added near the end of the story that feels out of place within the story, especially since there is no reference to this social/political issue at any point earlier in the story.
The sex scene between Ezra and Ke is undeniably hot (in my opinion, the best written scene in the story), and the formerly lonely characters get their optimistically happy in the end, which is nice. However, I simply did not feel that Polarity was a notable reading experience for me.
I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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