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The Importance of Being Denny by [Gregg, Kari]
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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
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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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I read the story before reading the reviews, which has become a habit for me; I try not to let other reviews taint my opinion before going in. That being said, I see now that several of the 1 and 2 stars sum up my feelings perfectly. One, the repeated reference to Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" fell flat for me as I have never read the book or seen any of the film adaptations. 2, thanks to the Amazon description I had no idea that they were stepbrothers, let alone needing to have the words "his stepbrother" repeatedly thrown at me (16 times in Chap. 1 alone). 3, I understand that this was meant to be a short story, but it did more harm than good to have this be so short. Readers are brought in 4 years after Denny had been kicked out, and you have to mentally piece together the how's and why's as you go along. However, there were still too many questions left unanswered and not very much made sense. There is very little about the MCs' back story. Lastly, as another reviewer asked, once a homophobic parent has kicked a kid out, how many actually go hunt that kid down for the sole purpose of continually making their life hell? Honestly, Matt's story sounded like a crock, just to get Denny back. But the story ends without knowing whether that's the case. The sex was semi-hot but other than that I actually started to nod off while reading, and it's only 38 pages. Glad this was free.
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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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There was a surprising amount of development in this short story. I loved Matt for his determination to not only give Denny back everything he lost but to protect him even at a great cost to himself. Denny amazed me with his ability to forgive and admit his feelings for Matt regardless of the past. I would love to see more of these two.
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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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What can I say, the plot sounded interesting in the blurb, but when I read it I found it disappointing. While the plot could have been very interesting if it had been fleshed out more, everything felt too rushed and the characters felt flimsy and superficial at best.
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