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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Carey’d Away by J.M. Snyder

Carey’d Away by J.M. Snyder
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Carey Thornton is tired of couples. All his friends have someone special and he feels like the odd man out. Painfully single, Carey cruises the nightclubs and gay party scene, flirting with any hot guy who looks his way, but he always seems to be the one to go home alone.

It’s comic convention weekend at the Omni Hotel where Carey works, and somehow he got roped into working the registration desk in the dealer room. While checking in the vendors before the crowds arrive, he meets the sexy Pat Dix, setting up the booth for Kryptonite Comics.

Horribly shy, Patrick has never dreamt an outgoing, fun-loving guy like Carey would ever find him attractive. He’s surprised when Carey asks him to hang out after the convention hall closes, and he surprises himself by saying “yes.” A late night in the hotel pool with Carey’s rowdy friends might just be what Patrick needs to break him out of his shell. But it isn’t until the friends leave them alone that Patrick gets “Carey’d away.”

In Carey’d Away two men share an unexpected night to remember following, of all things, a comic book convention.

Having seen his friends find love, Carey Thornton longs for a relationship of his own, yet he can’t seem to find Mr. Right. The last place he ever expected to find someone was at the comic convention at the hotel where he works, yet when he lays eyes on Pat Dix, he cannot deny his attraction. Both Carey and Pat would rather be anywhere other than the convention, but things seem to take a turn for the better when they meet one another. Carey soon finds himself inviting Pat to a get-together with his friends at the pool following the convention. Shy Pat surprisingly agrees and the two find themselves sharing a passionate night that just might lead to something more.

I absolutely adored the two men in this story and found their budding relationship quite, for lack of a better word, sweet. It’s adorable how they sort of crush on each other when they first meet and I enjoyed the flirtation that goes on as they tried to catch glimpses of and encounter one another throughout the day. They both have very different personalities and approaches, yet they somehow seem to fit together. Pat is very shy and self-conscious and is reluctant to believe that the seemingly confident Carey could ever be attracted to him, yet Pat is just what Carey needs. But Carey has doubts of his own and fears scaring Pat off with his forwardness. I enjoyed watching them overcome their doubts and give into the lust and chemistry that exists between them.

In addition to Pat and Carey, there are also some interesting secondary characters that really enhance the story. Carey’s coworkers and friends are great and I enjoyed their interactions with the two men as it added some more humor and lightheartedness to the story.

This was a wonderful story that I was sad to see end, as I really liked Pat and Carey. I was definitely “Carey’d Away” by the story (pardon the pun).

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