ARC Review - ✯ New Release ✯ Dear Stranger by Sid Love A Short Novella
Title: Dear Stranger
Author: Sid Love
Genre: M/M Short Story
Length: 24 pages, about 7500 words
Publisher: Creative Minds
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Heat Level: 3.5
Star Rating: 3.5
Reggie is a young man in his early twenties, living a quiet life. His blindness makes him over cautious in new situations, at least until one day on his way home when he meets a stranger, a man with a voice smooth as honey and burning hot as the most expensive whiskey, starts flirting with him.
At first, Reggie is scared. The guy seems like a stalker but he soon realizes that the stranger means him no harm. On the contrary, he is attracted to Reggie and invites him home for a hot romp in bed.
With the ball in his court now, Reggie needs to decide what to do. He could turn him down and continue living his life as it is—boring. Or, he could say yes and see where this unexpected ride takes him...
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In this short story by Sid Love, we meet Reggie, a young man living in New York City. One evening, while riding the subway home from work, a stranger makes a very bold play for his attention. Sounds pretty normal – except for the fact that Reggie is blind. The only clues he has about this stranger come from the man’s deep, sexy voice, and the smell of his sweat and aftershave. After a bit of conversation, Reggie finds himself in the stranger’s apartment, and one thing quickly leads to another.
The author does a nice job establishing the initial interaction between the two men, and his use of compelling dialogue moves this short story along. A lot of information is shared with an effective economy of words. The relationship between Reggie and his friend Judy is well written and the exchange between them is fun to read. I clearly understood how their relationship worked and how much Judy cared for and worried about her friend.
The physical interaction between Reggie and the stranger features prominently in this story, and the heat level started to build within the first few pages. It was effective, but I would have liked it to build a little more slowly and to have experienced more sensory description, especially since Reggie is blind.
More time developing the story so the reader heard the things Reggie hears, experienced the ways he explores and learns the stranger’s body and features through touch, discovers the way his skin tastes, etc. would have made this initial hook-up go from nicely warm to scorching hot.
Overall, I really liked the story and was disappointed when I reached the end of this quick read. I thought it was more interesting, substantially better written and more compelling than the blurb. I was engaged throughout and will keep an eye out for the author’s next offering. Hopefully, sometime in the future Sid Love will share more of Reggie and his ‘dear stranger’.