Home Again by Angelique Voisen

Home Again by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (66 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Zack: Ten years ago, I killed a man for the boy I love. Each week since then, he’s sent me letters, telling me the story of his life. He’s visited me every month in prison and with each passing year, I wonder when he’ll wake up and realize I’m not worth his time.

Seth: A decade ago, Zack took the fall to save my life. I’ve been waiting for him ever since. Zack’s the one for me, even if the stubborn man thinks I deserve better. I’ll do everything in my power to convince Zack that my life and my heart always belonged to him.

Zack and Seth had been in school together, forming a friendship in their senior year by sharing the pain of them each being abused. In a fury after another attack, Zack kills Seth’s stepfather and is sent to jail for his sins. Years later, Zack is finally released and Seth is still waiting for him. But Zack is no longer the same young man that he was. Can he and Seth still find some way to be together?

This is an emotional and gritty short story. I loved the first half of the story in particular, explaining how Seth and Zack got into this situation and their individual preparations to be reunited. It had a hard, but still hopeful, feel to me and I was so impressed that Seth and Zack never gave up on each other even though they were torn apart before they could ever really come together.

Readers looking for a deeply complex plot or a story with twists and turns might find this story a little light. There isn’t really much plot apart from Zack and Seth building their new life together and working hard to both move on from the past but still remember how far they’ve come together. I enjoyed the strongly emotional connection the two men had and have to admit the steamy sex between them convinced me that the two have a solid foundation. But I certainly found this a character-driven story where their relationship is the plot (and conflict) and this might not suit all readers’ tastes.

With just a hint of darkness – jail is expected to change and alter anyone’s character – and certainly a gritty and emotional feel this is a good short story. Heavy on characterization but a little light on plot I’m not sure it will be everyone’s cup of tea but I did enjoy it and found it a strong, short read.

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