Leftovers by Treva Harte
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherry
Review by Tuberose
Thanksgiving means family, and in their case friends--old friends and the best of them. Emerson was looking forward to sharing his new home, his culinary skills, his settledness, with his on-again-off-again lover Paul and their old college buddy Liz. Everyone always knew that Paul and Emerson were meant for each other. But years down the road, Paul's on the road, chasing fame and fortune. And Emerson, for reasons all his own, refuses to follow him.
This year, though, Paul's determined to change all that. To convince Emerson through charm, logic, and incredible sex they were meant for each other. What neither of them counted on was what would change after that.
Can Emerson control his phobia to be with Paul? How does Paul feel about being more than an occasional lover to Emerson? Can Liz help her two friends stay together?
For years Emerson, Paul, and Liz have been friends. Emerson and Paul have been on-again-off-again lovers and used to work together with Emerson composing songs with Paul. Paul then performed them. Now Paul is out on his own trying to make it. The three of them get together every Thanksgiving and Paul spends a couple of days with Emerson. Can Paul and Liz help their friend work through his phobia? Can Emerson’s determination to be able to spend time with Paul be enough?
This is a short story but Ms. Harte does a good job of showing how much Emerson and Paul care about each other as both friends and lovers. I loved seeing their relationship. She also shows how much friends, including Liz, can be more family to you than the family you are born to and that it is great to be around for the leftovers after the meal. Treva Harte is a new-to-me author and I will be looking for more of her books. This was a great introduction to her work and I look forward to more from her.