A Rose is a Rose by Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Valentine's Day
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus
When his latest sugar daddy drops him like yesterday's news, Carson's got more than a bruised ego to deal with. He's broke! No designer clothes, no baubles, and while he loves his job with the burlesque show he needs to pay the bills.
Should be no problem. Carson's young and pretty, so it should be no trouble finding someone new to pick up his tab.
Instead, he finds Eddie. The superintendent of Carson's apartment building, Eddie couldn't be further from Carson's usual type, financially or physically, but his gift of a single red rose touches Carson's heart.
For the first time, Carson doesn't want to be just a kept man.
To live the life he always thought he wanted, he needs to find a new sugar daddy. But how can he part with the support of someone who seems to really love him?
Can a gold digger ever change his spots? That’s the question that Carson asks himself following the breakup of his recent relationship. Without the financial help his ex provided, Carson is left struggling to make ends meet, let alone afford the lifestyle he’s become accustomed to. It’s not that Carson is heartless per se it’s just that he figures he can find a rich lover who knows the score. Yet when sparks fly between Carson and his building landlord, Carson is put in a sticky situation. Is it true love or merely an obstacle to the life he should have?
A Rose is a Rose is the delightful Valentine’s Day offering from popular Jet Mykles. The common opposites attract theme is given a twist when affable gold digger Carson finds himself attracted to unassuming Eddie. Carson carries the story with his adorable and wonderful insight, even if he’s not always nice. As a self aware semi-whore Carson wants a nice lifestyle but he’d prefer that with someone who could afford him. Carson is definitely flawed but the story does a very good job of showing how he came to be the way he is. He was taught how to lure and catch men from a young age and even his mother counsels him to stay with rich men, regardless of the love.
The main tension in the story is Carson’s struggle. He has some very real bills he can’t afford on his current salary and he loves the Burlesque atmosphere. This is presented with vivid details and really comes alive with both the glory and slightly seedy aspects. Carson is both strong and weak simultaneously and presents a very compelling narrator, one you can’t help root for even when he does some pretty selfish things. Eddie is less important as he is more the catalyst for Carson to change and the object of affection rather than his own complex character. I wish there had been more to Eddie and I did walk way feeling disappointed with his character. However Carson is so fascinating that Eddie’s simplicity nicely rounds out the partnership.
The story is technically a gay-for-you theme since Eddie has never entertained thoughts about men before Carson. Yet with the focus on Carson and his semi-transformation from schemer into responsible adult, the GFY idea is very minor. Instead this is Carson’s redemption and path to true love, a rather romantic and sexy one at that. Fans of the author definitely won’t want to miss this. For those new to Mykles this is a good introduction to her great writing and hot men.