Book Reviews

Last First Kiss by Piper Vaughn at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-June-2013

Book Blurb

After the death of his aunt, Phillip Wynne is left adrift. He isn’t sure how to mourn the woman who raised him with so little affection. His only solace is his childhood friend, Ryan.

Ryan has always been the one bright thing in Phillip’s life, but while Ryan lives out and proud, Phillip is terrified by the feelings Ryan inspires in him. For years he’s kept them locked away, but when Ryan suddenly confesses his love, Phillip discovers that denying his own feelings might be the only thing scarier than finally owning up to them.

Free short fiction. Written for the M/M Romance Group’s ”Love Has No Boundaries” event.


Book Review

Some stories just tear at my heartstrings, and this one certainly is a good example. The people who raise us have such an enormous influence on what kind of person we become, what we will believe when we're adults, it is scary. Cold and emotionally stunted people should not raise children, yet sometimes this is unavoidable.

The aunt who raised Phillip in this story did not have children, wasn't even married, and probably for a reason. But when her sister died and left a small boy, she accepted the responsibility and raised him, probably against her will in many ways. The resulting emotional damage will take Phillip years to overcome, but, luckily, he has help.

Phillip is so emotionally scarred that he cannot even allow himself to admit he loves his best friend, Ryan, now that they are both adults. Phillip is starved for affection, yet hardly ever even touches or hugs someone, certainly not Ryan. Even after his aunt is dead, her homophobic words still haunt him. It will take a lot of loving from Ryan to help him heal.

Ryan loves Phillip beyond all hope of ever having his feelings returned. He always has, and he figures he always will. When he finally cannot hold in his feelings any longer, and speaks up, Philip tells him to leave. It may crush Ryan at first, but he is not one to give up easily. Some things are too important to capitulate at the first sign of an obstacle.

If you like stories about men who have secretly loved each other for years but have been unable to be honest with each other, if you enjoy seeing two lovers finally come together, and if you're looking for an emotional read full of tenderness and hope, then you will probably like this free short story.






DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book is a free downoad from the author.

Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 53 pages/9655 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-June-2013
Buy Link