Author: Kim Alan
Length: 7,300 words
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m contemporary BDSM
Kyle is a lost boy. “Freed” for his own good, he’s doing his best to follow through on promises made. But he’s struggling, there’s no doubt about it. That is, until he suddenly finds himself in a place he least expected.
Beau is an independent man, answering to no one but himself. If he’s lonely, it’s a small price to pay. That is, until a beautiful, lost young man stumbles into his bar on Valentine’s Day. He can’t turn him away. The boy needs him. Or is it the other way around?
This story seems longer than its short length thanks mainly to a situation steeped in emotion and a clever twist which I saw coming but was still enjoyable when it came. Kyle arrives in a leather bar late at night after being dumped 10 miles from his house by an irate, now ex, boyfriend. He’s nervous but has no phone or wallet so he asks to use the phone. The barman is very attractive and Kyle can’t keep his eyes off the gruff man. The attraction is mutual and although the kid isn’t his type at all, Beau the barman, can’t help but offer assistance.
The first part of this story grabs you and the emotional intensity carried me through to the end of the story. It’s difficult to write much without giving away the twist in the story but I was caught up in Kyle’s uncertainty at entering the bar and embarrassment at the situation he found himself in.
Beau is suffering from a broken heart after he split from his last lover. He’s unwillingly attracted to Kyle and I loved the little details in the writing which ramped up the lust and sexual tension he feels for Kyle. He listens in, almost reluctantly to Kyle’s story of how he arrived in the bar and is drawn to Kyle’s story.
There’s a BDSM element to the story. Kyle is submissive and has been in a BDSM relationship in the past. The sex scene between them is very tame for BDSM but contained a tenderness that I found very appealing. The ending brought a smile to my face.
Overall, if you’re looking for something very short but packed with emotion, then this would be a good story to pick up.