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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sadie's Kiss by Sophia Titheniel

Sadie's Kiss by Sophia Titheniel
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Evan and his friend and protector, Sadie, have a life together. Alone. Just the two of them. And that's just the way they like it. Well, Evan, anyway. Sadie may be a dog, but she's more trustworthy than any human Evan's met since his accident.

Sadie thinks Evan needs a human companion. So when Casey, the social worker from the LGTB Support Center shows up to rescue Evan from himself, she puts her cunning plan into action. It starts with the little things. Like a kiss.

Wrong place at the right time can lead to true love.

Casey is working his shift at the local LGTB call center when he’s overcome with a sense of urgency and pain that someone nearby is hurt. His unusual talent leads him to Evan, a blind man that was viciously bashed. When Casey tries to bring Evan his guide dog, the two give in to the chemistry and passion between them. Although unexpected, Evan and Casey take a chance on love at first sight.

This is a pretty short novella, 74 pages, and follows the typical Changeling Press format with several explicit sex scenes. It’s always a challenge for authors to offer a fully realized plot, characters, and romance with detailed erotica in the short space provided. Although I’ve liked almost everything this author has written, Sadie’s Kiss falls a little short of earlier excellence. Here the characters are not well described and in fact, I didn’t get a clear mental picture of either man. There is almost no description of Casey offered and I wonder if that’s because Evan is blind so the reader isn’t given any physical description either. This isn’t horrible but it’s just an example of the low descriptive quality of the story as well.

Additionally there are some problems with confusing point of view as it jumps too often between the men. I didn't find their "love at first sight" entirely believable either as there is no real basis for it except a deep, almost magical knowledge that it’s right. This will definitely please those fans that enjoy that theme as well as the numerous sex scenes included. The hot and steamy sex takes up almost the entire second half of the book so those that want to indulge in a lot of raw and explicit sex will likely enjoy the abundance offered.

The novella has the author’s familiar writing with an incredibly quick pace and likable characters. There are some paranormal aspects with Casey’s psychic intuition but other than this, the story reads like a classic contemporary love at first sight between two opposite but sexy men. Their different personalities crank up the heat and passion as long as you can go along with the pretty fast romance. While maybe not her best story, she's still a very talented author and has penned something enjoyable and fun to read.

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