Half of the Other by Joanne Kells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Christmas
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/M, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Charlie Matherson really doesn’t have a clue how to go about telling his friend Tom Harris that he’s gay. What makes matters worse is that Charlie’s been head over heels in love with Tom for more than a year. Finally, at a Christmas party, Charlie throws caution to the wind—and gives Tom a long, intensely hot kiss. Was it sheer desperation, stupidity, or both? Charlie's sure he’s really made a mess of their friendship. But has he?
What happens when you share a mind-bending kiss with someone who just happens to be your best friend? Do you go with it or tamp down the feelings in case it’s not reciprocated?
Joanne Kells writes a story with characters I could relate to and situations I felt like I’d been in. I love Charlie and his apprehensions. He’s such a funny guy but he’s so unsure. If the worst can happen, it does for Charlie — a missed opportunity, a broken body part, a misunderstanding. Plus, I love his innocence. Instead of being callous and jaded, Charlie is a refreshing, sweet natured character you want to hug.
As for the other hero, Tom is just a good guy. I like his approach to courting Charlie — roundabout. Tom wants to love Charlie. He wants to be Charlie’s everything. I like his selflessness, even when he trips over himself to make Charlie happy. I could relate to his need to be with Charlie even when he’s not sure Charlie wants him for more than a fling.
My only issue was I wanted to see things from Tom’s point of view. I wanted to see how he’d built things up in his mind and how he felt about Charlie in the early stages. Other than that, I enjoyed this book immensely.
When I opened this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but before I knew it, I was finished and wishing for more. I felt like I’d left good friends behind, but at the same time, I was satisfied. And I have to say the sex or mutual masturbation in place of sex was HOT. I felt this way because Ms. Kells wrote the acts with a passion I experienced along with Tom and Charlie.
If you want a book that’s original and sensual, then you need to read Half of the Other. I give it 4 cherries.