Book Reviews

Couched as a Question by Jane Davitt at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-September-2012

Book Blurb

When Matt's partner Jordan suggests redecorating, Matt's agreeable until he discovers it means getting rid of the red couch. They bought that couch together, and they've done a lot more than sit on it. It means a lot to Matt and if Jordan's bored of it, maybe it's not the only part of Jordan's life he wants to change...



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Book Review

While on the surface this story is about a red leather couch that needs to be replaced, there is a deeper truth to what happens. For Matt, the couch has become a symbol of what is good between him and Jordan. For Jordan, it is just a piece of furniture. The underlying misunderstanding, and Jordan's inability to read Matt's mind, is at the heart of what these two go through. Written with tongue firmly in cheek, this story made me laugh out loud several times as Matt and Jordan navigate their way through a lack of communication and Matt's unwillingness to admit his true feelings about the situation.


Matt is a landscaper, and not exactly in touch with his emotions. He feels them deeply, but just thinking about discussing them gives him hives (metaphorical ones). For some reason Matt has formed a deep emotional attachment to the couch, and when Jordan becomes adamant it has to go because it has the wrong color for the new decoration scheme, Matt panics. He sort of knows what he feels is ridiculous, but he has no idea how to deal with it.


Jordan has no idea what goes through his boyfriend's head, and is totally focused on his newest decoration project. He isn't inconsiderate, and asks Matt for clarification several times, but there isn’t a whole lot he can do if the man doesn't open up. He has a great sense of humor, and I suspect that is one of the reasons he manages to deal with Matt. The solution he finds once the misunderstanding is solved was great and made me smile.


Some stories have more than one message and this is one of those. The object of contention, the couch in this story, is a symbol for the state of the characters' relationship, but only in Matt's mind. I loved his "fond memories" of all that has happened on it, and his treatment of the piece of furniture like a pet was hilarious. If you like stories about couples who struggle to communicate, if you're interested in seeing how characters who are very different in temperament get along, and if you’re a fan of hot on-the-couch action, you will probably like this short book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 29 pages/7800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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