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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Someone Like You by Wendi Zwaduk

Someone Like You by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (66 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

She’s the one he wants, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Arran Mayes-Confirmed bachelor. Loves a good bottle of wine, hearty conversation and men. Determined to open his own pizzeria, he’s not looking for love or a woman.

Then he sees her. Can a tomcat playboy settle down in the arms of a good woman?

Mindy Dawson-She’s not interested in relationships or dating after having been through the wringer more times than she can count. Attending college is for a BA...not an "MRS" degree.

Until she sees him. Is she woman enough to tame Arran’s ways? Or will their love affair burn out before it gets started?

Reader Advisory: This story contains lovers who didn’t know they connected, finding their mutual satisfaction with anal sex and a few toys for fun.

Mindy and Aaran eventually get Tangled Up with Sav but that’s not where their beautiful story began.

A year or so ago I had the privilege of reading/reviewing my first short story by author Wendi Zwaduk. Tangled Up begins at the turning point in a relationship that involves a young married couple, Arran and Mindy Mayes. Why, yes, her name does sound like a porn star. Why do you ask? Sorry, inside joke, you’ll need to read the book to understand it. Arran and Mindy have been married about nine years at that point in their story. Mindy’s known from the very beginning that Arran is gay, or at the very least, bisexual. It’s an incredibly breath-taking story but this review is about its prequel, Someone Like You. Where it all began.

Ms. Zwaduk listened to her fans and gave us the “how they met” story. Since I’d already read the “what happened later” with Tangled Up, I wasn’t sure I could enjoy Someone Like You. It felt bittersweet before I even turned a page but I had to know. Another worry I had, initially, was whether or not the author would be able to recapture the personalities of the main characters. It had been more than a year and many other books for Ms. Zwaduk since Tangled Up had been released. I was very pleased to see that Arran was just as loving and honest in the prequel as he was in Tangled Up. Likewise, Mindy was just as giving, smart-mouthed and open-minded in college as she was after nine years of marriage and no small amount of heartache. As a fun aside, we also get to see Savion before he hooks up with Arran and Mindy as well as a young Nate Waterford being the charmer and playboy even during his college days.

Ms. Zwaduk pours so much passion into her characters it was easy to see how they fell in love with each other. It’s so evident how Arran very much loves Mindy for who she is and not what she can do for him. Which, thanks to a bitter stipulation in a will, turns out to be quite a lot, but Arran doesn’t try to force or coerce Mindy into helping him achieve his dream. He doesn’t have to. Mindy's the type of person who thinks of others and has had her heart stomped on more than once by men who take advantage of her caring nature. Through Ms. Zwaduk’s poignant writing I could truly feel for both Mindy and Aaran.

If you’ve read Tangled Up you NEED to read Someone Like You to get the bigger picture. The way Mindy and Arran meet and ultimately fall in love is real and beautifully depicted. They have an honest uphill battle to be accepted for who they are and not who others want them to be or think they should be. What makes them special is their inherent honesty towards one another and the fact that they don’t try to hide or run from their feelings. If you haven’t read either story, I would suggest you start with Someone Like You and then read Tangled Up. I’ll throw in Must Be Doing Something Right as well if you want to see who manages to get Nate Waterford to the altar.

Someone Like You is a short story but loaded with heart. Pick up a copy today and be prepared to get lost in a beautiful beginning. Read their continuing story to enjoy the untraditional and yet perfect ending.

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