I read the little snippet on the publisher’s website and was intrigued by both that and the blurb when it came to this short story. I’m glad I followed my instincts.
Title: Out in the Sticks
Author: H. Lewis-Foster
Publisher: JMS Books
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Lawyer Adam Sibden has moved to the charming English village of Sharpley to forget about men. But when he takes his car to the local garage, he can’t help being attracted to the handsome young manager Jim Turley, who is friendly, professional and apparently gay. Adam goes to the village pub that evening, and with nowhere else to sit, he joins Jim and his mates. A misunderstanding leads to a highly embarrassing moment for Adam, but Jim thankfully comes to his rescue and makes him feel more at ease.
As the winter weather takes hold, Adam finds himself stranded with a punctured tyre, following a disastrous meeting with his ex-boyfriend Lucas. Adam calls the garage’s breakdown service, and when Jim ventures into the snow to find him, he offers more help than Adam could have hoped for.
There is a very nice build to this story when it comes to Adam and Jim getting to know each other. No insta-love here. Quite a feat in a short story and this was done well. Lewis-Foster is a new to me author.
Despite a few instances where scenes were overly brief, this felt like a complete story. There is more telling than showing and we all know that doesn’t have to be the case in a short story.
I was still affected, still connected, despite the above. We have two mature adults, Adam is in his mid-30s, a lawyer, and Jim is in his mid-20s (according to Adam’s estimation), owning and running a garage. They treat each other sweetly, respectfully and with passion. The scene inside the truck is especially lovely, emotional.
In the end, I’d love to have more of these two, a longer story for them, and for me. 🙂
Whenever you’re looking for a sweet short, something a little different, I would recommend you take a chance on this one.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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