Trading Tridents by C.M. Taylor

Trading Tridents by C.M. Taylor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story (32 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

DecemberCon 2017. John Perlan, aka YouTuber “SmileyNibor,” has come to the con for one reason and one reason only: to see his idol, actor Derek Kitow. And since Derek has announced he’ll be dressed as the original Aquaman, Perlan decides to come as the Aquaman reboot. It helps that he already has the beard and the bod to make a convincing Momoaman.

But when Derek Kitow makes his entrance, he recognizes Perlan from his tiny YouTube channel and wants him onstage! Has Kitow been following him online? Could SmileyNibor’s hero also be a fan? And what exactly does Kitow have in mind by inviting Perlan to meet him after the panel?

Although he won’t admit it to his two best friends, there’s really only one reason John is attending DecemberCon – and that’s for the chance to meet Derek Kitow, tv star. When Derek invites John up on stage with him, John is positive his life will never be the same again.

I found this to be a fun short story written in the first-person perspective. John is an average guy with a massive crush, but unlike most of us average people he not only gets to meet the object of his affections, but actually get to know the man behind the public persona too. While in a couple of places I needed as a reader to suspend disbelief (like would a tv star really watch, know and recognize a small-time YouTuber with only a thousand fans?) overall the fun tone of the story helped me roll with it and just enjoy the plot for what it was. And boy was I glad I kept reading – because there’s a few kinks and twists in the storyline that had me giggling and raising my eyebrows.

This is not your average fan-meets-their-crush sort of tale. At least, it’s not like any other story I have read. There’s a bit of light, tastefully written kink that I loved (but which admittedly completely took both me and John’s character by surprise) and a strong Happy For Now ending that left me feeling satisfied.

Except for occurring in December there isn’t really much of a Christmassy feel about the story, but to be honest I didn’t mind that at all. Derek and John’s characters – as well as John’s two friends as secondary characters – filled the story just fine without any crammed-in Christmas-ness. Their antics was plenty to keep me interested and eagerly turning the pages.

A quickly read short story with some laughs and some sizzling sex, this was a great read that I really enjoyed.

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