The Carpenter and the Fairy by Cassandra Gold
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Other: M/M, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Former military man Mason Larue is into one-night stands and big, burly guys, so he is not happy to find himself attracted to a sweet, slim young man wearing eyeliner and dressed in a fairy costume.
After a night spent with Avery, however, he begins to change his mind about what he wants. Can Mason get past fear and stereotypes in time to get what he never knew he wanted?
Can opposites attract? And, if they attract, can they have a sustained relationship? Read The Carpenter and The Fairy and find out.
Ms. Gold writes a fun yet thought-provoking short story. Opposites are thought to attract, but then again, there are instances when being the polar difference of someone else can be downright destructive.
This story comes down to acceptance. Mason comes to a party dressed as himself – a carpenter. He’s an alpha male who likes the tough/gruff type. Although he’s not ashamed of his sexuality, he’s not sure of someone who wears it on their sleeve – such as Avery. Still, you have to give Mason credit for stepping out of himself and giving himself the chance to try. Many people can’t find it in their hearts to try. Ms. Gold writes the struggle as if you are going through it in Mason’s place. Moving stuff!
I like Avery. Although he’s out and proud, he’s still a bit scared. Some people accept him as-is. Other’s find him too much for their liking. Not everyone can wear a fairy costume with style and grace, but Avery can. I love that he’s a cakemaker who currently specializes in Halloween wedding cakes. How cool! I respect his desire to be who he is on the inside and the outside.
I need to point out that there is a tenderness in this story that is lacking in much of erotica. You feel the struggles of each man, while the lust blossoms into passion. You can see these guys having a long future together and root for it to happen.
If you want a story about two men that will stick with you long after you close the screen, then you need to read The Carpenter and The Fairy. You’ll be glad you did. I give this story 4 cherries.