Title: Life on the Land
Author: Vic Winter
Length: 3,100 words
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Jason has worked hard for his land, and for his life. Thank goodness he has Robin to share it all with him. Robin cares for him as much as he cares for his ranch, and he’s sure good things are on the way.
Originally in Taste Test: Barbed Wire and Bootheels
The thing about these TQ really short stories is that they are a bit like a chocolate from a box. You have one and it’s lovely and sweet, and sometimes creamy or nutty or both, but you’d really rather have a huge slab of chocolate. Or maybe that’s just me .
I felt a bit like that with this story. The author sets up two really great characters. Jason has worked hard all his life, scrimped and saved, and now he owns his own small piece of land. During the day he tends to the land and animals, returning home to his lover, Robin, at the end of the day. Jason is big and burly and loves working the land. Robin is smaller with a head for numbers and a love of homemaking. Stereotypes? Probably, but it still worked for me and their scenes together were sweet and lovely, just like the individual chocolate (mine’s a chocolate coated Turkish Delight, by the way).
I also like that the two men have a shared history, something which has proven how well they belong together. Both guys are older – we never find out how old, but I would guess about middle age. The teasing conversation and the gentle way they deal with each other shows a couple who have grown to love each other and are comfortable in that love. It made me smile and made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
However, like the chocolate, the story was over too fast. I’d just got to know these guys, like them and get involved in their story when it was all over. It made me want more from these guys, but the constraints of the story didn’t allow for that.
If you’re looking for a 10 minute sweet quick story, then this is a well written and light story with characters who are immediately sympathetic and likeable. It was a bit too short for me, though, and left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied.