Eric can’t believe his bad luck. The motel he’s staying in has been double booked, and he finds himself sharing a room with his former lover, Justin and Justin’s new boyfriend, Pita. All three men are in the small town for the Golden Shears competition – but Eric can’t help the jealousy raking him over far more than the pressure of the shearing competition. Many years Justin’s senior, Eric had turned Justin away, determined to let the younger man enjoy his youth and freedom. But having that loss now rubbed in his face, Eric is resigned to a hard time over the next few days. But Eric will soon find out that Justin has grown up in a number of ways, and will no longer take no for an answer.
This is a steamy short story worked really well for me. Eric and Justin are macho men, both proud and strong willed. There’s no metrosexuals here, or campy sweetness. Only well-muscled farming men who know exactly what they want. I really enjoyed the background of the shearing competition – something I found very fresh and totally different. I also greatly appreciated how Eric and Justin didn’t just fall immediately back into each other’s arms and bed. The author did an amazing job building the sexual tension and drawing out the culmination of the make-up sex. This gave the whole story not only an authentic feel to me, but also greatly increased my enjoyment when that satisfaction of them coming together finally unfolded.
With wonderful pacing and what I found to be deeply interesting, multi-layered characters this is an awesome short story. Perfect for a quick fix or a read-on-the-run, this M/M is definitely one I want to reread and an author I plan to search for more of. Recommended.
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