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Friday, April 29, 2011

The Untold Want by Catt Ford

The Untold Want by Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

A professional life hitting all the highs is poor compensation for a personal life hitting all the lows. Myles Winston is divorced, isolated in a cocoon of loneliness when he's not at work, and adrift in a sea of despondency with no idea how to break out of the rut. Then a chance encounter with Davion, an old school friend, brings back such visceral memories of their “experimentation” that Myles finds himself pursuing a secret affair with him. But Myles is still struggling with his fear that he may be a disappointment to his parents, and he must be true to himself before he can step into the light of day and reach out for what he truly wants—Davion in his arms forever.

Sometimes your first love is the one you can’t forget. That’s what financial expert Myles finds when he discovers his childhood lover is now a successful artist. Myles is moved, not only by Davion’s art but by the striking resemblence he bears to many of the models. When the old lovers finally meet again, sparks fly and neither is willing to walk away. Yet Myles’ fear of coming out just may drive them apart once again.

The Untold Want is a lovely, well written romance. The two main characters are black and their speech and actions reflect not only the attitude but the culture as well. This plays into Myles’ fear of coming out and his worry about disappointing his parents. These details are wonderful additions and add a nice fresh twist to a familiar story. Likewise the sex scenes between the two men are smoking hot and add some nice variety. There is nothing dull about this story and it keeps your interest from beginning to end.

The writing is very good and every character, even the secondary ones, is fleshed out and three-dimensional. From Myles’ humorous assistant to the gallery owner, even Myles’ parents and grandmother are interesting on their own and add a lot to the story. The length is perfect and leaves you satisfied without needing more. The only bump in the otherwise smooth pace is the ending feels rushed and too easy, however that’s unlikely to bother most readers.

The Untold Want stands out from the sea of romances for the good writing and in depth characters. The story may be familiar in many ways but still feels fresh and different. The romance will satisfy fans while the erotica delivers on all levels. Despite a few quibbles, this is definitely a story I’d recommend.

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