Author: K Lynn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/30/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Since the death of his partner a year ago, sci-fi writer James Murphy has lived a quiet, secluded life. But at the urging of his agent, he finally makes an effort to rejoin society. His first step is volunteering for a weekly storytime at the local library. The decision seems like a good one when he meets the children’s librarian, David.
Bright and engaging, David somehow manages to make James feel like everything will be okay. But when mutual friendship leads to a budding romance, the move forward could be too much for James. Leaving his past love behind once and for all might be a step he’ll never be ready to take.
Loss comes in many forms. The death of a loved is certainly the most permanent — and gut-wrenching — but sometimes similar pain is enough over which to create a bond. That is the situation James and David find themselves facing in Storytime.
James has recently suffered the loss of his longtime partner. He has been out of the dating game so long and mired in so much grief and guilt that he misses the signals David is sending his way. I don’t know if we were ever given a concrete timeline for James’ loss. If we were, it was a fleeting, and frankly unimportant, moment. What was more important was that James found in David someone with whom he could safely take the first steps out of grief.
For David, he recently got out of a longterm, but ultimately toxic, relationship. He is the aggressor between himself and James. But he has to be. For a May-December relationship to work in fiction, and for the older of the pair to not seem like a louse, the younger has to be the instigator. He is so sweet about the entire thing. He is reassuring to James and teasing.
In the end, James and David both bring something the other needs to the relationship. They may or may not make it long term, but they are right for each other in the moment. Sometimes that is all you can ask.
I enjoyed this story and would be interested in more from K Lynn.
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