Mr. March Names the Stars by Rivka Aaron-Hughes

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Mr. March Names the Stars by Rivka Aaron-Hughes
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (74 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Wes loves his life traveling the Pagan festival circuit, but he loved it more when he wasn’t harangued by women a little too fond of his picture in a popular charity calendar—a calendar that mucked up his bio by stating that he’s single, but leaving out that he’s not straight.

Wes’s appeals to the company to change the bio come to nothing until Nash, a lawyer from the company, shows up and promises to do all he can to fix the problem. But though Wes quickly grows fond of Nash, and the interest seems mutual, the calendar problem shows no signs of being fixed…

Being famous – even on a small scale – isn’t always all its cracked up to be.

I liked how playful the dialogue was. There were times when the plot wandered into much less lighthearted territory, so it was nice to balance those more serious scenes out with the kinds of joking around that Wes and Nash were so good at. I giggled a few times while I was reading, and that wasn’t something I was expecting to do at all.

There were character development issues. One of the main characters made a decision that completely contradicted everything I knew about his personality and code of ethics. Learning about this was so jarring that I actually briefly wondered if he’d been lying about everything else he shared with the audience as well. That was how out of character this choice was for him. It abruptly pulled me out of what was otherwise a great book. This arc might have worked better if it had been gradually explored over the course of a full length novel, but it didn’t work for me in its current form.

The various festivals that the main character talked about working at sounded so interesting. I’ve never been to a festival before, so I had to rely on the author’s descriptions of what they’re like to picture what was going on. Ms. Aaron-Hughes described them so well, though, that by the end of the storyline I could imagine what it would be like to sleep in a tent in the woods for a week and attend all kinds of lectures and special events. It sounded like fun!

Give Mr. March Names the Stars a try if you like romances that don’t always unfold as planned.

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