Author: Jack Greene
Length: 10,000 words
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: m/m contemporary Romance
When Tom went to a dance club with his friends, he wasn’t looking for love. What he found was a sexy young male dancer who turns his life inside out.
Tom’s never had a male lover but when he meets Cameron he can’t get him out of his mind. Tom wants Cameron badly, but is it for more than just one night?
Sometimes, here at BER it’s nice to dig out an old favourite from the ‘already read’ pile and review it. I hadn’t really read any Jack Greene until a little while ago when Tam reviewed one of his books here. Since then, I’ve read a number of his shorts and this book in particular has become a bit of a favourite re-read.
The story tells of Tom who goes out to a club with his friends to find they’ve come to the wrong place. Instead of the eighties music they were expecting, they’ve landed at a goth club. They decide to stick with it and Tom in particular is drawn to a lithe girl he sees dancing in one of the cages. He’s shocked when he discovers the girl is actually a guy, and even more shocked when his arousal doesn’t diminish at that discovery. After a week of thinking about the dancing guy, Tom decides to return to the club and see whether there’s something to this strange attraction.
This story hits two of my big like buttons. Firstly it’s a GFY, or maybe a ‘I’m bi and never realised it’ story. I really like these types of stories as long as we get to see into the head of the guy going through the change in self-identity. Here, this aspect is handled particularly well, with not so much angst but quite a bit of confusion. Tom is a liberal and open person and how he handles his feelings for Cameron made me like him a great deal. His determination to get things right and the way he (after the fact) sees through Cameron’s behaviour is done with a mix of honesty and a bit of humour which I enjoyed a great deal. Tom’s a nice guy and I liked him a lot.
Another button this pressed for me was the character of Cameron. I have a thing for lithe androgynous guys and Cameron plays up on this image to perfection. At first he comes across as a little too self-assured, especially in the way he openly admits to liking to turn straight guys. However, later in the story we see how this brash exterior is part of his act and that underneath he’s a sweet guy who’s just looking for a relationship. Later in the story we get to see a little of Cameron’s life away from the club and I like how that added depth to his character. I liked him a lot too!
The scenes between the pair are off the page hot, but this is tempered with a sweet romance and a couple of great characters in Tom and Cameron. There’s an inferno of sexual attraction between them but they are also well matched in terms of personality. I could see these guys lasting into the future which is always a good thing for a romance story :).
As I said earlier, this has become one of my favourite re-reads for times when I needs something short and sexy but with a decent story too. The writing is engaging and the characters are very likable. I’d highly recommend it to those who like these themes and are looking for a hot but romantic read.