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Friday, February 24, 2012

Permanently Legless by J. L. Merrow

Permanently Legless by J. L. Merrow
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (28 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

The Taliban may have taken both of Chris's legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence, however, is meeting Josh, the one-night-stand from before his tour of duty he hasn't been able to forget.

It turns out Josh hasn't forgotten Chris, either. But with Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?

It's The Ugly Duckling meets The One That Got Away. The title alone piqued my curiosity but it was the beautifully written characters that had me speed reading to the very end. This touching story gives a glimpse into the life of a man trying to put his life back together after losing both his legs in the war.

Chris is an inspiring character. He looks at his situation with a sense of humor. He doesn't feel sorry for himself because it will not change anything. His outlook on life is positive and he’s moving forward, not looking back. He jumps back out into the bar scene looking to get that sense of normalcy of being intimate with another human being back into his life. Never did he expect to run into the same sweet brown eyes that called to him the first time he met Josh.

This story is fast paced and moves right along. We get a peek into the life of Chris and his second meeting with Josh, who is one of those gorgeous men who lacks self confidence. He's a very sweet character. I loved his innocence; it complemented Chris’s jokester personality perfectly. Sparks didn’t fly instantly but the attraction was an underlying current pulling the two men together.

The dialogue between Chris and his friends was funny and lighthearted. It magnified how this man deals with the tragedies in his life. He doesn’t let anything get him down. The British slang also helped give Permanently Legless an authentic feel. It was written so brilliantly, as if I were just sitting down with the gentleman at the table eavesdropping on their conversation.

This is a feel good story about life and how it never goes as expected. My only wish was that this story was a bit longer. I would have loved to see where Josh and Chris ended up five years down the road. After all is said and done I would wholeheartedly recommend Permanently Legless.

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