Book Reviews

Snookered by S. Blaise at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Ron Fritsch on 02-June-2013

Book Blurb

When Paul Burnwix invites British tourist Neil Davis to play a game of pool, Paul doesn’t suspect there’s more to Neil’s bad playing until Neil turns the tables. Intrigued by Neil’s wit and unexpected skill, Paul issues a new challenge, and Neil suggests the stakes: his hotel room key—and all that it implies—or Paul’s public humiliation. What Neil doesn’t realize is that Paul is a pool shark at heart, and if Neil doesn’t spot the trap in their ultimate game, he’ll find himself snookered.

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


Book Review

“Snookered,” a short story by S. Blaise, is a clever, humorous “meet-cute,” which Wikipedia defines as “a convention of screwball comedies and their heirs, the romantic comedies, the contrived encounter of two potential romantic partners in unusual or comic circumstances.”

It isn’t easy creating even a satisfactory meet-cute, as most of the rom-coms referred to in the definition demonstrate, leaving the viewer groaning rather than smiling.

In this story Neil Davis is from England—which usually helps in such matters—visiting the US. His resistance to the superbly confident Paul Burnwix—Neil compares him to Paul Bunyan, the lumberjack icon—despite the American’s physical attraction, gives the story just the right amount of tension.

Will he, or won’t he? We keep wondering, as we should. And the final trick Paul plays on Neil in their pool and snooker games is simply delightful.

Is it poor Neil—or is it lucky Neil?





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 27 pages/6043 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $1.49 ebook
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