Shirt by Amy Lane

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Shirt by Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

After a meet-cute in a bathroom and a whirlwind courtship, Ryan is ready to introduce Scotty to his parents. But a misunderstanding and some stubborn cuff buttons tangle Ryan up in an oxford shirt at a really inopportune time. Can Scotty take this opportunity to teach Ryan one or two more lessons about falling in love?

Ryan is trying to escape the clutches of a desperate woman at his work party. Hiding out in the bathroom, Ryan finds out he’s not the only person doing so. Scott is young and handsome, and while Ryan hadn’t known he was sexually attracted to men, Scott quickly shows him the error of his ways.

This is an interesting and highly erotic short story. I was a little puzzled by the flow of this short story. Ryan and Scott meet in the first few pages, but then the author whizzes through their dating at a dizzying speed and then spends the rest of the short story proceeding to jump back in time with flashbacks, then back to the “present” – which is actually a number of months after the opening scene. While exceedingly different, I managed to follow along decently enough. I just was puzzled and question why the author didn’t just simply tell the story of Ryan and Scott beginning and moving on in their relationship. The flashbacks are brief and certainly add to the story, but the time-hopping did jar me a number of times for the pacing and flow of the overall story.

I did enjoy both Ryan and Scott’s characters. I feel they worked together remarkably well and I enjoyed reading about their sexual escapades. I liked how neither man was purely a top or bottom – they share the power in the relationship fairly equally and this vibe helped me greatly enjoy their sex and interactions.

This story is certainly short enough that I could read it in one sitting and found it a spicy, sexy romp that was a lovely break from real life. Readers looking for a different style of story should certainly give this one a try.

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