Title: Experimental Repeatability
Author: Elinor Gray
Length: 33 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner press
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
Luke is in love with his best friend, Eric, and always has been. When he and Eric get drunk on the last night of exam week and Eric suggests he sleep over rather than walk home, Luke takes him up on it even though he’s convinced Eric doesn’t return his feelings. But when their tipsy pillow-talk turns steamy, Eric is horny and Luke just can’t resist. The next morning Luke is mortified, certain he’s ruined their friendship, but Eric isn’t about to let him get away without facing the consequences.
Is it just me or have there been a complete glut of College set stories recently? It must be the new thing :). This story is a perfectly respectable addition to the theme and tells of Luke who’s been in love with his best friend Eric for ages. After getting drunk they crash out in Eric’s bed and Eric gets all cuddly. The next morning things are weird for Luke and he high-tails it back to his room. Eric finds him there and they have a heart to heart.
There isn’t too much to the story with two very well written sex scenes providing the bread for an angst sandwich. Luke freaks out and feels that he’s taken advantage of Eric, but whilst he’s panicking in his room, the author slips in a few clues about their friendship, clues which put quite a different spin on their relationship. This means that when Eric shows up, determined to have it out with Luke, it’s obvious where things are going. I enjoyed reading about Luke’s perspective on their friendship, and both characters are nice guys, if a little bit generic College boys.
The story ends on a HFN, which some readers might find a little sudden, but I thought it was fine. We know where the story is heading from very early on and I didn’t need to see a dragged out ending to know that things were going to be good for this couple.
In the end, this was a sweet and sexy short story and will be very popular with those readers who like stories with College guy heroes. I liked it and would happily look out for further offerings from this author.