Big Balls and Trouble by Sarah Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Zach Kelly is an organized man. First comes career, as a pro football player. Then comes education -- he's just finished his Masters in History. Now it's time for a family, so he sets out to find Denny, the boy he's loved since they were kids. But the Denny he finds, clutching a bottle of tequila, is not the boy he remembers...
Sometimes the one thing you think you can't have, is the one person you absolutely need.
I love stories of lost love found again. Sarah Black is good for stories that not only tug at the heartstrings, but have a sexy streak as well. This one does both and makes the reader think. The characters aren't run-of-the-mill and it's a nice change. The story is unique and I enjoyed reading it.
Zach is a conundrum. He's a football player and feels as if being himself isn't always the answer. Sure, his team knows he's gay, but it's not the only thing that makes him who he is. He's got a brain to go with the brawn. I liked the unusual combination. He's got a protective streak a country mile wide and it's nice to see. It's not that he needs to protect everyone, but more the ones he loves. When he sets his sights on the one that got away, it's powerful.
The one thing that was both exciting and needed a little bit, was Denny. I liked his character, but I wanted to see him more fleshed out. There were times when I wasn't sure whose POV I was in, and I wanted to know more about him. Denny is a bookseller and flash fiction author. For me, this was a first in a book, and I wanted to know more about it. What made him tick? How did he get into writing FF and what made him flighty? These things are touched on, but I wanted more.
Still, the love scnes are hot and written with care. I had to check my screen for singe marks because it was so steamy. Definitely worth a second, third, and fourth read.
If you want a story that's a little left of center in a great way, then you need to read Big Balls and Trouble. I give it 3 cherries.