The Door into Spring by Missy Welsh

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The Door into Spring by Missy Welsh
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

In their front closet, Mal has discovered access to a rooftop garden. He decides to spruce it up as a spring project and gift to Wes for the way Wes has helped Mal’s life blossom in the months since they met. Keeping the work a secret from Wes isn’t easy, but the payoff will be a moment they’ll both remember for a long time to come.

A little naughty rooftop encounter is just what this newish couple needed. Mal and Wes have been living together for eight, blissful months. They’re happy, ridiculously so, but when Mal finds an old, neglected rooftop garden he instantly knows it’s the perfect place for Wes. Mal also hopes he can seduce Wes in all manner of ways there.

The Door into Spring is a very quick short story that peeks into the lives of an established couple. Wes and Mal are the couple from the book, My Summer of Wes. The story picks up months after the two have moved in together and are in college. It’s nice to revisit this pair, although it’s been three years since I read the first book so I couldn’t remember much about them. I did enjoy the story regardless. The two men are adorable on their own and together, although we didn’t see much of Wes as this was mostly Mal’s story. They have clear chemistry together and share an obvious connection.

As with most short stories, this one leaves you wanting more. The transformation of the neglected garden happens entirely in narration and you don’t get to actually see or get a feel for the change. I would have liked more space devoted to Mal’s work there personally. However, I know it’s a lot to get in – a rough plot, build up, and an actual sex scene in a mere ten pages. For the most part it works here as long as readers aren’t expecting deep characterization or vivid imagery. It’s merely a taste of the author and characters.

The writing is clean and engaging. Although it only takes a few minutes to read the story in its entirety, I was totally absorbed from the first sentence. Even as I struggled to remember the characters and how they fit together, I couldn’t help being sucked into the new story and Mal’s antics. The author has a real flair or light, breezy reading that makes me feel good and happy whenever I’m reading. I can easily recommend the story, as an introduction to the characters and the author.

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