It’s a great feeling having a book out, especially when you get to share the experience with a friend. This is exactly what I got to do with Fall Fires. N. L. Leeks is a close friend and her story Winter’s Love is a rare treat for lovers of the M/M genre. Obviously, I am more than happy to review all of the stories in the anthology, and more so because I am close to each and every author.
A past relationship has left Jared Winter broken. When Eric Healey runs into him, Jared finds a reason to learn to trust again. The two men begin to fall for one another, but the prejudice around them threatens to tear them apart. Can their love survive in the real world?
“Hey! Jared! Yoo-hoo!”
I cringed once more and turned to my sister, forcing a smile. “Hey, Rose-Anne.”
“What are you doing here?” She giggled.
“Well, Rose-Anne, in general one attends Asda, or any other supermarket, when they’re doing their food shopping,” I sniggered.
Rose-Anne rolled her eyes and glowered at me. I knew what she meant and was trying to be subtle while avoiding her questions.
Behind me, the cashier told me the check came to twenty-three pounds and some change. I handed her a twenty and a five and waited for her to hand me the difference. As she placed it in my hand, I took it and grabbed my already bagged shopping, thankful that it had been done while Rose-Anne had been interrogating me. Trouble was, she was still at it while I made my way back to the car.
“Rose-Anne! For the love of all alive, will you please drop the subject? I love you to pieces, but for just once, can I enjoy something without having to be interrogated by you?” I yelled.
I saw tears pool in her eyes and felt the guilt in an instant. Finding my car, I placed the shopping in the back and pulled her into a hug.
I sighed. “I’m sorry, sissy, but sometimes you are just too much.”
“Sorry, Jed.” I cringed at the nickname, “I know I’m too nosy for my own good. But it’s been so long since we’ve seen you with someone. We were beginning to think you had taken a life of celibacy, all because of . . .”
“No! I don’t want to hear his name, sissy! Yes, I’m having someone over for dinner tonight. It’ll only be the second time I have seen him, so yeah I’m playing my cards close to my chest. And yes, I’m a little dubious about where this will go, but I won’t allow . . . him . . . to ruin everything good in my life, okay? My friend’s name is Eric, seeing as you’re dancing around I’m sure that’s what you wanted to ask me. Now that you’ve achieved your mission, you may return to our beloved parents and tell them anything you want, but no phone calls tonight!”
Winter’s Love is a story set at the magical time of Christmas, just in case the title didn’t give that part away, but it isn’t a holiday time focused story. Although the story does begin with a little gift shopping, this comes to an abrupt stop when the two boys literally bump into one another. Jared, already having a bad day, doesn’t take kindly to the collision, but Eric manages to talk him round and the two boys set out on the start of a sweet love story.
Without going into the story in too much detail, just read it, there is an incident in the cinema which is dangerously close to an experience I had with a boyfriend. Not sure how the author knew this, if she did, it was just kind of freaky and funny all at once to read.
Although the novella is enjoyable, I did find myself wanting a little more from the story, feeling like it ended a little sooner than I, as a reader, wanted. I guess this is what you get from all short stories though, no reader will ever be happy with the hard work an author goes through.
If you want to have your stories sweet, with a little grit, then pick up a copy of Winter’s Love and see what you think.
N.L. Leeks lives in England with her fiancé, whom she has been with since the age of eighteen. She first began writing when she was a child. Her friends, Matt and Lou, helped her reignite that passion as an adult, and her journey into writing began once more.
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