Percolation, Poetry and Passion by A. V. Sanders

Percolation, Poetry and Passion by A. V. Sanders
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Beckett works at a coffee shop to make ends meet while attending a prestigious university. It’s not the most exciting job, but he’s done it long enough he’s good at it—and can avoid the tedium by spinning sexy little daydreams of things he doubts will ever happen.

Daydreams that soon include Simon, the hot, handsome, and older freelance writer who stops in one day. But then Simon becomes a regular, a bright spot more interesting than the inside of Beckett’s head, and daydreams start to seem like they could be something far more tangible—if reality doesn’t get in the way first.

Beckett has been working for years as a barista at The Percolation Station and was astonished his path had never crossed with sexy regular, Simon. As their ten o’clock meetings became somewhat regular, Beckett couldn’t help but become infatuated. Their conversations were so easy, but Simon wasn’t single and so Beckett kept their conversations light and carefree. Then suddenly, Simon was available, and Beckett was determined to turn his daydreams into reality.

This is a wonderful, steamy romance story of two men finding each other and sharing their passions. Beckett is about to studying post-graduate work in environmental courses, and Simon is passionate about his writing, but very eco-conscious too. The chemistry between the two men is intense and wonderful to read. While I felt their story was a little rushed, the shortness of the story could indicate the author didn’t have much space to slow the pace down. I really wish we’d been given more depth to some of the scenes – like the laptop poetry scene and the final family scene in particular. As a reader I felt a little shortchanged that two such important, passionate scenes had the feeling of being rushed and almost glossed over. Those two scenes were pivotal in Simon and Beckett’s relationships and even after rereading them I was left with many questions – like how the men reacted and felt emotionally from such important discoveries. I was a little frustrated that more time and words weren’t spent on them, even if other scenes would have been cut shorter to ensure that.

I really enjoyed the relationship growing between Beckett and Simon, I was pleased they seemed to fit together so well and found the sex between them both steamy and enticing. The bedroom door was certainly left open, but I didn’t feel anything too daring was described in detail. Readers who enjoy M/M romance and don’t mind a bit of spice in their story should be as satisfied as I was.

Aside from wishing a few of the scenes had been longer and better fleshed out, I found this to be an emotional, romantic story. I enjoyed the intimacy between the two men and appreciated the pacing of their growing relationship. This is a lovely book and one I have enjoyed.

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