Mutts by Sarah Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (28 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Matt is alone for Christmas, wondering if the magic of his favorite holiday is gone forever in a life of bills and disappointments and loneliness and work. Then a couple of puppies appear outside his door, sitting in a milk crate. Matt enlists the help of Josh from across the hall to hide them from their grumpy landlord, the evil Mr. Scrapple. But Christmas is a time of miracles, and nothing is quite what it seems.
Food, puppies, a bookworm, and a cranky old man. Sounds like an interesting holiday story, doesn’t it?
You need to read Sugarplum: Mutts.
I love stories about people finding each other despite the odds. Add in a couple of flopsy, mopsy puppies and you’ve really got something. Matt works at a Co-Op and creates new recipes. He’s not totally content to be alone in his sad-excuse for an apartment, but man, has he got an obsession with ricotta cheese. Then there’s Josh, the bookworm extraordinaire. He’s got the other half of the first floor—sans the kitchen. Oh, and yeah, there’s a couple of puppies.
Sarah Black writes a cute story filled with characters I wanted to see succeed. Even when I wasn’t totally sure whether to like or dislike a couple of them, I still found myself rooting for them. Reading the evolution between the characters and the overall theme of the story was lovely. Matt and Josh have a mutual attraction, but they keep it under wraps. I love how things blossomed in—of all things—a snowfall.
The plot twists in this short little tale are many. The ending was something I never saw coming, but I can’t see it happening any other way. It left a smile on my face.
If you want a story of understanding, the love of food, and discovery, then you need to read Sugarplum: Mutts. I give the book 4 cherries.