Author: Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/26/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance
When love crosses the line into darkness…
Ben can’t walk away from Aiden, even though Aiden seems to have no problem walking away from him, time and time again. In spite of his friend’s warnings, Ben refuses to believe that Aiden is just using him, until a devastating secret is revealed. However, Aiden isn’t the only one with something to hide.
Someone else is keeping a secret that threatens not only Ben and Aiden’s relationship, but Ben’s very life. Will they be able to keep Ben alive?
This short story has me torn because I want to give it a better rating but there are some elements that just drove me crazy.
The writing is strong and the characters were interesting. The main plot isn’t a unique one but I was still hooked from the beginning.
Ben and Aiden have a special relationship that many men wouldn’t put up with. Aiden comes and goes on no particular schedule leaving Ben with no contact for months at a time. Yet, Ben still welcomes him back each and every time and never asks questions of him.
There’s some decently romantic lines in here that had me loving Ben and Aiden.
“The first time I saw you I wanted to run, far and fast. But I couldn’t seem to move. I wanted, needed, in a way that I had never felt before in my entire life.”
With lines like that, as well as hot sex, I might’ve forgiven Aiden his strange behavior as well.
Then there’s Ben’s friend Harry who dislikes Aiden and worries about his friend. Harry digs into Aiden’s life and finds out what the man’s secret is. Though Ben is devastated at Aiden’s secrets and lies he seems angrier at Harry—and fires him. This was one of the first WTF moments I had in this story. To me it felt like an overreaction to Harry’s well-meaning action.
What happened after Aiden’s secret was revealed stretched credulity even more so. I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story but I thought it was hokey and over-dramatic. It was also very soap opera-ish which doesn’t have to be anything bad, I have a nearly lifetime love of soap operas, but it didn’t fit in this story. It felt more like the author wasn’t sure how to end the story and threw together a mish-mash of stuff trying to be dramatic. The motivations of the bad guys weren’t believable nor were Aiden’s reactions to what happened.
This story had promise but fell flat for me.
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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