Book Reviews

The Best Kind of Prize (A Jack and Alan Story) by DC Juris at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-March-2013

Book Blurb

Alan takes the reins on planning a secret holiday getaway, but Jack isn't overly thrilled with being kept in the dark about their destination. Unbeknownst to Alan, Jack has plans of his own - plans to ask for Alan's hand in marriage. When an argument and Alan's disappearance get in the way of Jack's romantic intentions, is their holiday ruined, or can Alan make things up to Jack in time to still have a Merry Christmas?


Book Review

Two guys who each want to be in control of their life together are not an ideal situation. Add to that the fact one of them likes giving surprises, the other one – not so much, some trust issues, and the fact it's Christmas, and the conflict seems pre-programmed. Thank God there is a lot of love between them as well, so there was some hope for me to hold on to.

Alan loves surprises, and he has just the thing that will help his lover relax. The man is a writer and constantly busy, Alan just wants him away from the laptop and phone for a few days so they can share some quiet time. Alan also has trust issues (based on past experience), so he finds it much easier to "demand" acceptance for his surprise than to accept that Jack may have something up his sleeve as well. When not all goes as Alan expected, he is ready to walk.

Jack is a great guy, but lives in his head a lot of the time. He isn’t very good with talking about is emotions, nor even basic communication. He is deeply in love with Alan though, and will do anything to keep him happy. He hopes his surprise will finally prove it, but he needs his phone to set it up. With "no phone allowed" during their mini-vacation, Jack is between a rock and a hard place.

When these two clash as soon as Alan discovers the Blackberry has accompanied them, the result isn’t pretty. I was on the edge of my seat as they struggled to resolve the crisis… If you like stories about real men with real issues, if you enjoy reading about passion flaring high and tempers exploding, and if you're looking for a read that is about the meaning of love and trust, even under difficult circumstances, then you will probably like this short story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 25 pages/6500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-December-2010
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