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columnacolumnb400Title: One from Column A, One form Column B
Author: Diana Sheridan
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 5,200 words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 – Mild & Sexy
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few & Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Kiss Me at Midnight collection, New Years, Grieving Partner
Rating: So So

Reviewed by Sadonna

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When his New Year’s jinx holds true, leaving Trent dateless yet again, he decides to treat it like a normal evening. Going out for dinner at a Chinese restaurant, he runs into another man alone on New Year’s, and decides that his jinx might keep him from a date, but it doesn’t mean he has to spend it alone.

REVIEW

Two men alone on New Year’s Eve both end up at the same Chinese restaurant for dinner. They decide to share a table and their tales of woe as to why they are alone. Trent who is a puppeteer seems to always have bad luck on New Year’s. Taylor’s partner has passed away seven months earlier in a tragic accident and he decided he needed to get away from all the memories so he has just recently moved to town. They enjoy each other’s company for dinner and decide to spend the evening together at Taylor’s house. They kiss and then decide they will play some games – ping pong and hockey and generally have a fun time together. At midnight they share their leftovers and some champagne and kisses.

This was a really short and somewhat predictable story. The problem to me was that it just felt a bit forced. I guess I just didn’t feel like the characters were that genuine. I would have thought that Taylor would have had a more difficult time I guess – those firsts that you go through without a loved one tend to be a bit different in my experience.


darkzone400x600Title: Love in the Dark Zone
Author: Diana Sheridan
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 7,300 words
Genre: m/m Paranormal Romance
Heat: 4 – Spicy & Smutty
Sex Frequency: 4 – Very Often
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Halloween Rentboys collection, Hallowen, Ghosts/Spirits, Grieving Partner, Magic, Second Chances, Rent Boy, Spanking, HEA
Rating: So So

Reviewed by Sadonna

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Trent has given up on life since losing his lover, Luke. He sells his body for cash, goes through one failed relationship after another, and clings helplessly to the memory of a man he’ll never see again. Bailing on Trick or Treat plans with his friends to take care of a last minute client, Trent expects nothing but a normal night of fulfilling someone else’s desires. He certainly doesn’t expect payment to come in the form of one more chance to see his dead lover.

REVIEW

This is the first story I’ve read by this author. It’s a short story about a young man, Trent, who has lost the love of his life and cannot recover or move on. He’s lost his job and has had to resort to selling himself for a living. He feels like he will never ever love anyone again and so he just goes through the motions of living, including the sex he has with his clients. It’s just a means to an end and doesn’t affect the numbness that he has felt since Luke died.

On Halloween, he gets a call from a new client and so he bails on some plans with his friends and goes to meet this john. The john has a somewhat strange request but Trent is there to do a job so he does. He john is grateful to him and pays him, but asks him if he’d rather have something else than money. When Trent asks him what he’s getting at the guy becomes a bit mysterious, but asks Trent if there is something else he would like. Trent blurts out that he’d like his lover returned from the dead. The john thinks for a moment and while he admits he can’t actually do that, he does have a way for Trent to be with Luke once more. He offers him a magic potion that will allow him to meet with Luke in The Dark Zone. It will only be for one night but he’ll get a chance to see his lover again.

Trent is amazed that this potion works and he spend a wonderful night with Luke and they talk and make love and then he is back at his place alone. Well you can imagine that one night will not be enough for Trent and he’s not even sure what has happened. Trent talks to the john and asks for more of the potion because he wants to see Luke again and the john agrees to pay Trent with the potion for his services. As you can imagine, these short meetings with Luke are still not enough and Trent asks if there is a way for him to be with Luke permanently without dying. His john has an answer, but Trent and Luke might not exactly like it.

I thought this story had potential but somewhere it missed the mark a bit. I’m not sure if it was the length that didn’t allow enough story or just what. I wanted to know more about the mysterious john and also more about The Dark Zone and what it really meant for Luke to give up his earthly life. I guess in the end there were too many unanswered questions to make this story feel complete to me.