Plato For Plumbers by Francis Gideon

Plato For Plumbers by Francis Gideon
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

The week before an important philosophy conference, Kenneth is struggling to finish both the last chapter of his book and the paper he’s writing for the event. His efforts are thwarted by a leaky faucet—and his life as a whole is turned upside down by the plumber who shows up to fix it.

Kenneth is steeped in his routines: work, writing his philosophy book and his daily walks. He’s supposed to be writing the last chapter of his book, but finds himself strangely reluctant. He loves his life, his routine, and this last chapter feels somewhat like the beginning of the end. Procrastinating, he decides to call a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. Mark takes Kenneth’s breath away and suddenly Plato – and many of his teachings – have new life breathed into them.

I found this book started a little slow, but once the groundwork was laid out I was happily swept up into the story. Kenneth’s first ever paper that he showed to his favourite professor was about Plato’s theory of love and soul mates – that the gods separated the animal’s in half, so that each soul mate used to actually be two halves of the one whole. After calling Mark in to fix a drip, Kenneth suddenly has a greater appreciation for the theory and his long-dormant paper. When the leak proves to be stubborn, the two men have the time and space to talk. Kenneth is pleased to find Mark knows a bit about philosophy, and Mark learns that Kenneth has a few surprises up his sleeve.

While I found the pace of this story slightly slow, I enjoyed the fact there was plenty of space for the men to get to know each other. I think this more leisurely pace will appeal to readers who are new to the M/M genre or not ready for the steamier, faster paced, more erotic stories. I feel this is a great introduction to how strong but still sensual M/M romance can be. While there is a consummation scene, it’s not explicit and instead largely alluded to – instead of described in detail. I enjoyed how the author left much of the scene to my imagination and found the chemistry between the two men very steamy.

A thoughtful, deep story that I found myself drawn into and really enjoyed.

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