*Disclaimer: a free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
“Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.”
– John Donne, The Complete English Poems
Jordan Callahan secretly pines for his straight best friend Rick Ferguson who, unknown to Jordan, has also been dealing with “strange feelings” for him for the past months. Before leaving for their respective colleges, both buddies will spend a weekend together. A lifelong friendship will be tested when passions rise and secrets are let out in the open.
This was one of those ultimate gay fantasy tropes that could either end on a happy note or in a catastrophe. From the get-go, I was eager to know how things would pan out since the seduction was initiated by a supposedly “straight” guy and not the other way around. By the middle of the book, I was hooked and not disappointed.
It takes two to tango and for this vibrant sensual dance to be performed well, the dancers should possess certain characteristics. There should be trust and that magical connection between them. They should also leave room for improvisation during the dance’s execution. Rick and Jordan had these and their “performance” gave off enough steam to thaw a winter’s chill from within and without.
The intimate scenes were essential to the plot and I liked how the author approached and wrote them. Between and beyond the printed lines, one can read and sense Rick and Jordan’s love for the other that was borne out of their lifelong friendship. Rick’s vacillations were understandable and Jordan’s acceptance of whatever the future held were realistic. The need to protect and preserve their friendship, however, despite what may happen after the weekend was a major consideration for them. I found this sweet and admirable on their part (and that it was not just colored by each one’s testosterone-fueled lust).
There were also a couple of short scenes I liked involving a bigot, allies and a lesbian. Having these minor characters around with their views on homosexuality further enriched the storyline.
On the whole, I enjoyed reading about Rick and Jordan’s weekend getaway. In more ways than one, Andrea Dalling certainly knows how to “torture” not only her protagonists but also her readers as well. Moreover, I will not tell whether she “rewarded” these guys with a happily-ever-after (HEA). That is, for you fellow reader, to find out.
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