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Monday, August 30, 2010

I Kissed a Boy by Addison Avery



I Kissed a Boy by Addison Avery
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, F/M/M, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Paul and Adam are trying to forge a relationship after years of unrequited desire.

But their path isn't easy. Paul should have told Adam he sold his body to those seeking pleasure. He commanded premium rates to those who could afford him, but fear kept his mouth shut. Adam wouldn't understand and Paul couldn't stomach the idea of his love thinking less of him.

How can he make Adam understand and find a satisfying way to earn a living and keep Adam in his life?

Mmmm kissing boys is fun, especially when you have been imagining kissing a particular boy since high school. The real question is: what exactly was he kissing?

Adam's need to make everyone happy in his life would make any partner happy. It is clear he is self-sacrificing and just wants to keep the peace. This is demonstrated first by his need to keep his mother happy when he has to hide his sexuality. Then you see this again where he and Paul are concerned. He willingly leaves his entire life behind just to prove to Paul he is committed to their relationship. Although he did occasionally try to stand up for himself, he always seems to be accommodating everyone else in the end. I am sure many of us wish we could find a partner like that.

One character flaw was that Paul is uncompromising. He wants everyone to bend for him yet he will not meet anyone halfway. Adam had to give up everything in order to be with Paul, yet he wasn’t willing to meet Adam even partway. Adam was forced to change his entire world, which he willingly did, and it would have been nice to see Paul at least try to adapt to the relationship instead of expecting Adam to accept him any way he could get him.

One true demonstration of this couple's feeling towards one another is the airplane scene. I think it was definitely the turning point in their relationship. Adam had to choose between the lives he was living or the life he wanted with Paul. It definitely read as one of those climactic moments in a romance movie when you get up and cheer while wiping a tear from your eye because the couple chose love and got their happily-ever-after. Only for these two it did not necessarily mean happily-ever-after quite yet.

Though the conflict itself worked well with this story I have to admit I would have liked to have seen the ending a little different. As I stated above, Paul was so inflexible I would have liked to have seen him make a sacrifice in the end for love, also.

This story definitely had some kink going on. With a male escort as a lover you really can’t expect anything less. He was in the business of pleasing, and he was good at his business. Not only did Paul not leave any customer unsatisfied, but the author did not leave any reader unsatisfied when it came down kink. And Suzanne... woo let’s just say she is one lucky lady.

The overall theme of this story was based on lost love. This is a theme that really hits home for many people myself included. Paul and Adam had always loved each other. While they had always been friends, because of their upbringing they could never express their true feelings. That was until they were consenting adults, unfortunately by that time they both lived on opposite sides of the country. The lost love theme really gave the story an idyllic feeling from beginning to end.

I, for one, love a boy who loves kissing boys and that’s exactly what I got in this story.

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