Book Reviews

Happy Endings by Deanna Wadsworth at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-June-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,
This picture, while disturbing, is one I really want to know the story behind. All I see is someone in pain. I don’t want him to have been brutalized or physically harmed in any way because I’m not into violence against people, but he’s been hurt.
I see him naked, cradling himself, bare, and vulnerable.

Photo Description:
The picture is a black-and-white photo of a nearly naked man sitting on the floor, shoulders and head drooped in defeat, the epitome of sadness. Why is he so sad? What happened to leave him in this state and can anyone help him?

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Book Review

This is quite a fascinating little story that basically "only" consists of one scene, a conversation and its consequences. It is between a recently Americanized Russian gymnast and Olympic hopeful, Alexei, and his physical therapist and masseur, Will. But this revealing talk, and the backstory presented with it through the narrator's eyes, is poignant, interesting, and brings up the historical context of the late 1970s beautifully. It is also a great introduction into what follows.

Will is halfway in love with Alexei even before he is sent to find out why he hasn’t attended training that morning. Being a professional, he has always controlled his feelings, but his restraint is sorely tested when Alexei admits the reason why he is so sad and broken. The offer of consolation and help is honest: and one of the most sensual massages ever follows. Alexei's fit gymnast body and all those sculpted muscles would tempt a saint! And yes, you have guessed correctly, that massage does have a very happy ending.

If you like short, very sensual stories with hope for more after their happy ending, if you enjoy inspiring descriptions of the male body, and if you're looking for a hot, short read with lots of emotion, then you will probably like this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 20 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-June-2013
Price FREE
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