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The Importance of Being Denny [Kindle Edition]

Kari Gregg
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Matt appears on Denny's doorstep four years after Matt's mother put Denny on the first bus out of California. Loving the very closeted Matt cost Denny everything once: his home, his family, the safety net of his trust fund. Everything. Denny built a new life. Matt finally coming out has stirred his mother's wrath, though, and four years of not loving Matt is about to cost Denny everything. Again.

Or is it?


Free novelette written for the Goodreads M/M Romance group's "Hot Summer Days" event.
9,875 words


Product Details

  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IXPAGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,713 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sexy M/M story with a bit of angst January 4, 2013
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If you're unfamiliar with Kari Gregg but like M/M romances, then this free download of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DENNY may be a good way to try out this author. (See also the free download of "You Melted Me", another short story written for a GoodReads M/M Romance group's event.)

In this "second chance" story, Matt and Denny are stepbrothers who had a love/hate relationship growing up. They reunite after a four-year separation caused by Matt's mother. Denny is not happy when Matt tracks him down despite a name change and move halfway across the country, but he's even less thrilled to learn that his stepmother is still determined to either control or ruin his life.

The backstory is a bit sketchy but Kari Gregg delivers enough to make it work. What follows is Matt's own determined efforts to set things right, get Denny back in his life, and finally pursue their aborted relationship. Although three years younger than Denny, Matt has always been the more dominant and aggressive one in this relationship and he proves it once again as he...er, persuades Denny into seeing things his way. ;-)

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DENNY isn't flawless from a technical aspect, but bear in mind that this story was written for the GoodReads M/M Romance group's "Hot Summer Days" event. And its short length left me wanting just a wee bit more (yeah, that greedy reader syndrome ^_^). However, the vivid narrative and smooth prose reminded me why I had enjoyed Kari Gregg's writing and stories so much. Next up--"I, Omega"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an ok short story April 10, 2014
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This was an ok short story. I guess I was a little lost as to the whole step-mother thing and then it just went away basically in the middle of the story. I'd say 3.5 stars but I'll round up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I GET THAT THEY'RE STEPBROTHERS ALREADY!!! February 9, 2014
By Renee
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Ok. I'm wondering why the author of this story felt the need to constantly remind the reader that Matt and Denny were stepbrothers. I get it. I understood it the first time the characters were introduced. The story was only 602 locations long. My memory is not that bad that the word stepbrother had to be repeated 71 times. I had a hard time even finishing this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY HOT!!!!!!! June 25, 2013
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Denny and Matt, are stepbrothers. They are found making love,when Denny stepmother,finds them together,and sends Denny away,with no money.
Matt finally,finds his stepbrother, returning his trust fund and falls in love and lust with him again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Improbable May 30, 2013
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A lot of these M/M romances are short and all about the erotica. This was no different. The plot involves a man in search of his step-brother, who took off after his step-mother found them together making love, then took his inheritance and kicked him out. He finds him, brings him back to a rural cabin, and they make love again. There was just such an innate wrongness to the book that even decent writing couldn't fix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short on substance, long on heat. December 26, 2012
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This was a short, hot, free novella that fulfilled my smutty desires. The downside is that there wasn't much in the way of substance. I would have liked to know the characters more and get a real feel for them. It felt one- dimensional to me. However, it was nicely written and got my heart racing!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and unfinished July 18, 2014
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It wasn't the pseudo incest that turned me off this story, it was the fact that I finished it still wondering what the hell was happening. So many unanswered questions and unexplained events that I wondered if I'd missed something. There was some vague reference to Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' but I must be thick because I totally missed the connection between that and this book here. The author obviously saw it more clearly than I did since they more or less took the title for their book. Sorry - it just left me confused. I think these stories that are written as submissions for writers' groups really should just stay within the group.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! December 5, 2012
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I never write reviews on books, but this story was so good I just had to write a review. I loved it!! The characters are well developed and the story really pulls you in. It was sweet and also sexy as hell; the best of both worlds. As other reviewers have said I would love a longer book about Matt and Denny and it would be well worth paying for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good short story
It was a good short story. It would be better if it was a whole complete book. That way we could a stronger connection of the two MCs and the world they were written into.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!!
Good story premise - evil stepmother :) - the story was well written and the characters more than believable - definitely worth reading
Published 5 months ago by wordyjmm
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
This was a wonderful read and one of true romance that never died and played out to the best. They didn't let anything stop them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vicki Tubridy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was pretty good for a free short story. Perfect for a quick read if you don't have a lot of time.
Published 9 months ago by Melisha B.
3.0 out of 5 stars okay book
I thought this book was an okay book. And I don't know why I choose to read this book ever again.
Published 9 months ago by DANIELLE DANKE
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite...
the brothercest i not my thing at all.
this was a PWP short story, with one bit of extra info and angst to fill in a weak plot.
Published 9 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it. short but very sweet.
I really enjoyed this short story. Good for a short lite read. It was sweet, it wrapped up Nicely. I felt like I could enjoy more but not like things were unresolved.
Published 9 months ago by Amber D. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed!
Really liked this short novella. Very well written. I not only enjoyed the dynamics between the two MCs, but also the concise and well constructed prose. Very vivid. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LuckyOne
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great...
My thought on finishing this book was, "where's the rest of it?" It's like this is the rough outline of the novel before the author fully fleshed out the characters and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars step brothers in love?
A bit of an odd 2nd chance at what could be story between 2 step brothers. I didn't know whether it was wrong or not for the step brothers to be in love. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roger C. Compton
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Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children. When Kari's not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!

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