Book Reviews

Protection by John Amory at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 29-June-2013

Book Blurb

Jamie is an anomaly in the shooting world: a relative newcomer who became a leading contender overnight. He’s representing the United States at the 2012 Olympics, and people are drawn to him both for his marksmanship and the past he refuses to divulge. During his downtime in London, Jamie visits a gay bar and meets a chipper young man named Ben. Despite Ben’s heartfelt offer of succor, Jamie’s mounting nerves over the Games and his scars from the past threaten the new relationship before the night even begins.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".

Book Review

The London Olympics are the backdrop for a story that unfolds with bits and pieces of a past event, a terrible experience that still haunts the victim, Jamie. Now he is representing the United States at the ultimate competition with previous national and world championship medals as part of his accomplishments. A terrible episode may have led him to international fame, but that same traumatic happening also led him to a very lonely life.

Jamie is very much a lone wolf since guns are so much a part of his world and the men from his unofficial and unasked-for community prefer to avoid him and judge him too dangerous. They leave him alone. This is a painful to read, but essential to Jamie’s essence. I was very moved by his ability to survive even with remnants from his past still plaguing him. He is a survivor and has not crumbled under the weight of his burden. 

Ben initially appears to be a twink, in Jamie’s words, and being in a G-A-Y establishment when Ben met Jamie meant Ben didn’t stand out. However, Ben has a nice mix of intrigue and nerve plus being a cute young guy certainly works to his benefit. Ben’s eyes project considerable depth and he freely expresses his excitement about meeting a celebrity. Ben is a delightful counterpoint to Jamie and there was a good deal of heat and interest building up between the two of them as they shared three rounds of drinks. I have to say that Ben was just wonderfully endearing and definitely a 'multi-dimensional twink'.

I love stories where a bold young dude can stay the course until he has reeled in the guy who sparked so many emotions. They have a Gold Medal time with enough heat to diminish the sadness in our Olympian’s eyes. This is a winner!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 25 pages/5761 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $1.49 ebook
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