Show Me Yours by Kaje Harper
The prompt: “It seems like we’ve known one another for ever, but he doesn’t really know me at all. He doesn’t know I’m gay and I’m really scared what will happen when he finds out. Especially when he finds out that I don’t want to be just friends anymore.”
Josh and Trey have been friends since they were kids, but Josh moved away when they were both seventeen. Their bond has been thinned by distance, by the weight of secrets withheld and a trust betrayed. For years now they’ve only exchanged short emails and occasional calls, over too many miles to cross. Trey’s been willing to live with that, even encouraged it. Because letting Josh get close again might make keeping Trey’s secrets impossible.
When Josh shows up on Trey’s doorstep with a request for help, it could well be an unmitigated disaster. But Trey finds he can’t say no. This is Josh asking Trey to lend a hand. Josh, the guy who still pushes every other man Trey ever looked at to second place. So Trey’s going to take the chance and say yes. He’s going to grab a few days with the straight guy he never stopped loving, take what crumbs he can get, and damn the consequences. Although those consequences may not turn out to be the ones Trey’s expecting.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s ‘Love is Always Write’ event.
This is a short that is free online. Josh and Trey are together again after 8 years and a lot of misunderstandings. Josh needs help running his Aunt and Uncle’s hobby farm and store and hopes this will give him a chance to get reacquainted with his best friend from childhood. Trey is totally freaked. Trey is gay and in love with Josh but Josh is a homophobe. Trey could never resist Josh when he needs help.
There is a lot about this story that is good. The characters are totally adorable and the descriptions are excellent. The writing itself is very smooth and well done. The problem was more the flow of the story. Even though it is a short the story starts really slow. There is a bit too much repeat of the internal dialogue so instead of you sympathizing with the characters you get annoyed.
The only other comment to add to this is that the characters love making seemed a bit more realistic from what I understand than is normally portrayed. I do think that was an awesome addition to the story and a wonderful point to readers.
Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Kaje Harper, M/M Romance, M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads, Novella, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.