Posted by Apr 11, 2012
in 4 stars, contemporary romance, erotic romance, LGBTQ, m/m romance, Rating A, reviews
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, Ann Mayburn
, Decadent Publishing
Release Date: Jan. 16, 2012
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
1 Night Stand Series
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, M/M
Book Source: Publisher
Construction foreman Cody McPherson always considered himself as straight as they come. That is until he finds himself falling for the handsome stonemason, Sam Denham, who constantly occupies his thoughts. He wants Sam, badly, and can’t get the man out of his mind. Worse yet, he isn’t even sure if Sam is gay. When he finds out that Sam has signed up with a dating service searching for a guy who looks exactly like him Cody is even more eager, and confused than before.
Sam can’t believe that he’s developed a huge crush on his obviously straight co-worker. Even worse, the job that allowed him to see Cody on an almost daily basis has ended and he desperately misses his buddy in a way that goes far beyond just friendship. In an effort to soothe his aching heart and body, he tries to get a blind date with someone like Cody so he can pretend for just one night that he holds Cody in his arms.
When Cody himself shows up as Sam’s blind date, he is at once elated and afraid of having his heart broken by just another straight guy looking to sample the gay life. He wants to be so much more than Cody’s 1Night Stand and if he’s given the chance, Sam will do anything to prove that love doesn’t discriminate based on gender.
Want is a sweet, delightfully erotic short story that is a perfect addition to the 1 Night Stand series. I absolutely adored reading about Sam and Cody. Both are grown, successful, down-to-earth men who are strong enough to pursue what they want, yet have lived enough to doubt that they will find it. While both have had experiences with the opposite sex (to vastly different degrees), they want each other and no one else.
Sexually, Sam and Cody are hot. Despite a somewhat awkward walk to the elevator in the beginning, Mayburn doesn’t waste much time with a drawn out learning curve for these men. Instead, she gives their mutual desire, curiosity, and enthusiasm free reign. They are well matched and willing, the attraction they feel for one another having already built to roar during everyday interactions from the recent past. Once they decide that a 1 Night Stand is exactly what they both want, they don’t hold back, and the story just gets better and better from there.
As with any story where brevity is a factor, Want has a few instances of unavoidable convenience, but they are considerably fewer than in many other short stories I’ve read. While there’s no doubt that Cody and Sam will end up together, Mayburn gives both men adequate space for their uncertainty to bloom, thereby making their happy ending even more satisfying. Although I feel like I’ve barely begun any real exploration of the many stories in the 1 Night Stand series, Want is absolutely one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it as a quick, enjoyable addition to any M/M collection.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)