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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Unrequited by Abigail Roux

Unrequited by Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Vic Bronsen has a problem. He's stuck in a rut, uninspired by his job, and in love with a man who has no clue. Thinking a change of scenery and company will do his aching heart some good, he goes off on a road trip with his best friend, only to find that the answers to his problems may have been right there in front of him all along.

Just when you think you have your life figured out, someone throws a curveball and knocks everything out of whack. The trick is figuring out how to get things back in order. Interested? Then you need to read Unrequited.

There are some stories that reach out and grab you from page one. There are others that start slow but are worth the wait. Unrequited is a little of both. I like how Ms. Roux wove the interplay between Vic and Owen into the story. If you want to understand the depths of Vic’s turmoil, you need to see his relationship with Owen and how Shane is more than a passing fancy. Ms. Roux builds the world and relationships as the story progresses and adds to the complexity that tugs the reader in.

Although the love scenes take place early and late in the story, you see the changes and how the characters grow. I like the dichotomy between Owen and Shane. You feel the passion between the men even when they aren’t ready to admit it themselves. Now I wish Shane’s thought processes were a little more positive, but it adds to the strife and makes you root for him all the more.

My only suggestion on this story is to make it a tad longer, to let the reader know what happens after the story. I didn’t want to let Shane and Vic go.

If you want a story that will stay with you far beyond the last page, that’s filled with passion and heartfelt decisions, then you need to read Unrequited. I give this story 4.5 cherries.

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