Saturday, June 28, 2014

Autumn Fire Review

So, as some of you may know, Trix recently joined Sharing as a reviewer, and so please show her some love with her first review!

AUTUMN FIRE by Cameron D. James (Carnal Passions, 2013)

Blurb: Dustin likes the closet. It’s warm, comfy, and dark. Who needs to be out when you can get all the anonymous sex you want via the internet? And, besides, coming out is messy and gets you nowhere—certainly not a relationship. Real gay love is fiction.

When Dustin meets CollegeJock22 for a quick blow-and-go in the university library men’s room, everything he thought he knew crumbles. He can’t get that man out of his head and will do almost anything to have him. The only problem? CollegeJock22 is even more in the closet than Dustin. He’s in so deep he can’t even see the crack of light under the door.

Trix’s Review:

4 stars

Note: I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Most of this story takes place within a one-week period, but there are a lot of things going on at once! Dustin is happy with Internet hookups, until an unforgettable encounter with CollegeJock22. Later in the week, Dustin has his first meeting with a math tutor, Kyle...who turns out to be the same guy. While both are closeted, they react to their attraction in different ways. Kyle backs off and deletes his online profile, while Dustin drowns himself in more semi-anonymous sex. (There is a lot of intense sex here, especially in the early scenes, but it's not always fun to read. Dustin is obviously heartbroken, and the encounters feel very bleak at times. I also found myself worrying that safer sex practices weren't mentioned, and was surprised that I cared so much for Dustin's welfare when I wasn't sure I liked him at first.) The star-crossed romance definitely falls into the "insta-love" category, but the young guys involved are obviously discovering themselves, so it's not as much of a red flag for me as usual. I guessed early on that Kyle would be CollegeJock22, but James had me unsure of how the story would play out until the very end. I also give the author props for having twocool, sympathetic female characters; they're still all too rare in m/m romance! While I usually prefer a little more tenderness with my heat (at times I wanted to read Kyle's point of view instead), this is an intriguing story!

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