The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones

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The Wishing Book of Barnaby Sloan by Jenna Jones
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Nothing exciting happens to Barnaby Sloane. He has a crush on the director of the museum where he volunteers, Liam Morrison, but has never allowed himself to believe it could become anything more.

For his twenty-fifth birthday, Barnaby is given a leather-bound journal. Since it’s his birthday and people expect him to have wishes, Barnaby writes his wishes in the journal: that he could go to Egypt with his archaeologist aunt, that he could work at the museum permanently, and that he could share his life with Liam. It’s just a game until his wishes start coming true.

Barnaby’s coworkers from the Natural History and Science museum threw him a surprise birthday party. Thrilled, the shy but smart man struggles to string a coherent sentence when Liam Morrison, the museum directly, speaks privately with him. Before he knows what’s happened Barnaby blurts out a personal invitation to his party at home with friends later that evening. When Liam accepts he’s equal parts delighted and petrified.

When Barnaby’s Auntie Violet gives him an Egyptian journal for his birthday, he writes a few simple birthday wishes in it – one of them being that he could have someone to share his life with, and that the special person would be Liam. That evening his wishes start coming true Barnaby doesn’t know what to think. Is it luck? The specialness of his birthday? The journal? Or something else?

This is a really sweet, lovely short story. Barnaby is a gorgeous character, soft, modest, smart and just lovely. Liam is hunky and an interesting match for him. I enjoyed watching these two come together and would have enjoyed a follow up story going into more depth between their blossoming relationship, what happens in the museum and following on from this. The characters are easy to get attached to and beautifully drawn. The sex is hot and thankfully doesn’t overwhelm the plot or characterization of Barnaby and Liam. The two heroes take center stage, and it’s they – not their passion – that makes this book the awesome, hot read it is.

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