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Length: 38 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 192 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IXPAGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,202 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BEWARE SPOILER AND RANT IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE REVIEW, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

I was very excited when I saw this freebie showing up on Amazon's free gay and lesbian bestsellers list. I may not be a fun of all themes that this writer does, but I certainly think that she is a very good writer. And I really liked her contemporary story I have read before.

This one was certainly well written, but it did not take much for me to become annoyed as I was reading along and then angry.

I liked the guys in this story, their longing for each other was believable, reconnection was hot, but the woman in this story, oh wow. And she is not even showing up in this story herself, except in the guys' recollections, but to call her monster would be an understatement, I have to tell you.

There are for sure plenty of homophobic parents and stepparents, who will make their kids leave home and this is in itself horrifying to me, but unfortunately realistic.

But I just want to know, how many of those homophobic people will care enough to *seek the person who they threw out of the house, even if the person is living on the other side of the country*? How many of those people will care to make sure that this person will not have a place to live - on the other side of the country? How many people would care to make sure that this person would be fired from his job - on the other side of the country???

What in the name ? Where do all these monstrocities of the women come from in so many mm stories?

And before you ask, yes, this character angered me that much to warrant two stars for the story despite good writing
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