In His Corner by Charlie Cochet

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In His Corner by Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Eli’s uncle Jasper mentions needing a cornerman for former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jessie “The Demon” Dalton, Eli jumps at the chance. Having had his heart broken by the man five years earlier, Eli is not only determined to get some answers, but he has no intention of letting Jessie push him out of his life a second time around. However, when he comes to face to face with Jessie, it becomes very clear to Eli how much Jessie needs him in his corner, and in his life. All he has to do is convince Jessie of that.

Eli Mayhew is finally going to meet up again with Jessie “The Demon” Dalton. After five years of waiting Eli is ecstatic, since he’s had a crush on the older boxer since he was a kid. Introduced by Eli’s uncle, who is Jessie’s manager, the two spent years in each other’s close company – until a trial and fall from grace had Jessie withdrawing, needing to lick his wounds. Jessie has been in love with Eli since the man’s twentieth birthday – so when Eli’s uncle gives his permission privately, nothing can hold Jessie back anymore. While it will take time to restore his reputation and his come back to boxing glory – the most important thing to Jessie, Eli’s heart and body, is something he can act on claiming immediately.

I really enjoyed this short story. The chapters alternate between Eli’s perspective and Jessie’s, so we get to see what both men are thinking and feeling. This really deepens the reader’s understanding of what drives both men and how they feel about each other. Although set in the past, the story isn’t drowning in historical fact and details. It’s realistic, but doesn’t beat you over the head with the fact it’s an older setting for the story. Despite the fact there’s no actual consummation of the burning desire between the two men, this is a heartfelt, wonderful tale of two men trying to do their best for each other and coming back together after a separation. The plot is strong and unwinds at a lovely pace, both characters are well written and fully fleshed out and most importantly the connection between them – both sexual and friendship – is strong and interesting. A wonderful, quick read.

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