Positive Resistance by Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Short Story (107 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
Blobby Bobby and Lane the Pain. A thousand years ago, Lane spent his time in high school tormenting Robert Stephen Phillips to the point of tears. Stephen thought he’d left all of that behind, including his extra weight and his horrid nickname, when he came out to his parents. But now Stephen’s been transferred back to his hometown and will once again have to face his disapproving parents and childhood nemesis.
Imagine Stephen’s surprise when Lane turns out to have changed from school bully to persistent, attentive suitor. If Lane the Pain can hear Stephen’s most painful of intimate details and still want to pursue a relationship, is it possible that Stephen can reconnect with the family that turned on him years ago?
This book was a complete surprise from beginning to end. After reading the blurb and then reading this story I was completely blown away by the subject matter not mentioned in the blurb for this book. Every now again there will be that one book that will touch your heart and stay with you for a long time to come and for me Positive Resistance is that book.
Steven is a man dealing with a lot of issues in his life, from moving back to a town he would rather soon forget, being attracted to his high school bully, parents treating him like he doesn’t exist, and having a serious health issue. Through all this, Steven stays positive about his life choices and moves forward not backwards. He’s stronger for his experience in his life and just wants to carve out his own piece of happiness. Meeting Lane again was a pleasant shock for him and something this man needed.
Lane is the bad boy turned good. Without giving anything away, Steven is dealing with a health issue that shocks and frightens Lane at first. Lane is a character to respect and admire for taking what he learns about Steven and gaining knowledge on ways they can make a relationship between them work. Lane said it best, “The heart wants what the heart wants.” And Lane proves to Steven with knowledge and love anything is possible, you just have to open yourself up to accept it.
This is a very beautifully written love story with some serious issues discussed within the pages but also had me laughing a great deal. The supporting characters in this book made for some entertaining comic relief amongst the seriousness of this tell. Their friend Lonnie is a loud mouth with no filter from his brain to his lips to stop his constant comments towards his gay friends.
In most stories all the bad things that could happen, happen to the characters during their relationship together. But in this story all the terrible things have already happened, and we get to see how this couple work together to deal with the things from their past to make way for a future together.
The characters in this story are very believable and the content even more so. Most people have dealt with tormentors, family drama, and fear of letting someone into their heart and that puts this story on a more realistic level that people can identify with. After reading this story it had me wondering, what I would do? How would I react if put in that situation? The health condition Steven has is something I have never had to deal with but after reading this book it definitely opened my eyes to what people like Steven have to go through both mentally and physically.
I completely recommend this book, even if you’re not a fan of M/M romances Positive Resistance is worth the read.