Title: Roommate Adventures
Author: Michael War
Length: 6,000 words
Publisher: Self-Published Smashwords
Genre: m/m contemporary
Young college student Danny has decided to finally make his life drama free, starting with his living arrangements. But things naturally don’t go as planned, especially when gorgeous new hunk Javi moves in. The two share an instant connection, much to the dismay of their straight roommate Patrick. With sparks flying in every direction, will Danny be able to keep his attraction to Javi in check?
There are what could be considered spoilers in this review after the cut.
The rather open and abrupt ending of this one caused me to mark this lower than I may have had it been more defined. Danny likes his roommate Patrick, however after some friction with their last roommate, he has sworn off becoming too friendly with any new ones. Despite the last roommate being straight, he and Danny had formed a tight friendship that even went to sleeping together (platonically at times) and Patrick has made snide comments about “turning them gay”. However keeping his distance is more difficult than he expected when new roommate Javi is running around most of the time in his underwear and is a nice guy on top of it.
Finally Javi asks Danny out and they start a relationship, but keep it a secret from Patrick to avoid awkwardness. When Danny moves out, they decide it’s time to inform Patrick who does not take it well, and it turns out that maybe he’s not as straight as he said, and he’s been jealous rather than upset with Danny. A bit of a blow-up occurs when all is revealed.
So I liked Danny. He’s not perfect. He’s a Hispanic who was never really accepted in his community because he didn’t speak Spanish, but Javi, who does, doesn’t make him feel any worse for that and even helps him with his Spanish. Danny is also not physically perfect having been a bit chubby but worked on slimming down. He had Javi were hot together, despite a lack of lube save for the condom, which made me wince. But I was enjoying the story right up until the last line.
After exposing his feelings, it appears that Danny is now about to be courted by both men and will have to decide. But that’s where it ended. Abruptly, after their fight and Patrick taking off, he shows up at Danny’s new place with a rose. The end. While I’m not huge on love triangles, I wanted to know what Danny was going to do, put Patrick in his place and stay with Javi, or get together with Patrick, or create a threesome?
So I enjoyed the writing well enough, and liked both Javi and Danny, although you only get to see Javi through Danny’s POV. However, the abrupt open ending left me cold. I suppose it offers readers the opportunity to fill in the blanks with the ending you would like to see vs that the author decides you should, but I require a bit more of a concrete ending for it a story to work for me. But some might enjoy that option of choosing the guy they think best for Danny. It will be a personal choice.