- File Size: 292 KB
- Print Length: 54 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Piping Hot Books; 2 edition (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HZ3NG74
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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I loved this little novella. It probably falls more accurately under the New Adult section because these are young guys (one just finished high school, the other is in college), but it didn't have the angst those books normally have. What it did have was a truly heartwarming, sweet, romantic story. This would be the perfect read while sitting at the edge of the lake one afternoon during the summer. It's one of those books that works in that setting and just leaves you with a feeling of peace and happiness.
Jonah has crushed on his older brother's best friend, Laurie, for years. The summer before he goes to college, he comes up with a plan. He asks Laurie to take his virginity...under the guise of that he doesn't want to go to college as a virgin and he'd rather his first time be with someone he trusts. The truth is he just really wants to have sex with Laurie and he wants his first time to be Laurie and only Laurie. Laurie is actually okay with this... at least in theory. He's been aware of Jonah too, but this is his best friends little brother. There are boundaries with friendship that makes this a bit awkward.
I enjoyed the way this all played out. I liked all the characters...even Marc, the older brother and friend. Like I said, it would make a great quick summer read. It's short, but I don't think it lacked for anything. There was great character and story development and I loved watching these guys' relationship develop.
Then, Jonah asks Laurie to take his virginity. He says he wants it to be with someone who cares about him, while secretly harboring his own love for Laurie. With Marc's blessing Laurie begins a relationship with Jonah--moving slowly so that they have time to really experience each other, and develop bonds that exceed Jonah's hopes.
It's a touching tale of first love and experience with a couple that is cautious and committed.
In an attempt to get Laurie to see him in a romantic light rather than as the pesky little brother of his best friend, Jonah comes up with a plan and asks Laurie to take his virginity. To Jonah’s mind, the plan is perfect, everyone knows your first time should be special and Laurie will probably go for it, especially after he learns how Jonah’s high school boyfriend dumped him because Jonah wouldn’t put out. And Jonah plans to make his first time so memorable that Laurie will have no choice but to realize the two of them were meant to be.
Laurie has a very real problem, his best friend’s little brother wants his help, help he can’t provide. Well he could provide, he wants to provide, but taking Jonah’s virginity would mean the end of his friendship with his straight best friend Marc. It’s not like he hasn’t noticed that Jonah is not so little anymore, but Laurie can’t go there. He’ll continue to fight his feelings for Jonah, because to act on them—well Marc would kill him! It would definitely end their long-standing friendship, for sure. But when Laurie finds Jonah cozied up with Travis, a guy he knows from experience is not the man for Jonah, Laurie is forced to confront his feelings and makes a decision.
The resulting tale is a sweet, light delight, as Jonah’s scheme to get his man plays out. For some reason Laurie for me took on the persona of a young Hugh Grant and Jonah was Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame. My point being that this is great fantasy fodder because I think that readers will be able to easily plug whomever into the roles of the two leads, because the tight dialogue and descriptive references gift of the story with a swift, assertive rhythm which to me cried out short gay film.
Both leads were adorable, the bad guy was just bad enough, and Marc made a nice pillar-of-strength-almost-matchmaker in his supporting role as best friend and older brother. Jonah’s first time was well undertaken, with a nice nod to safe sex and a “sweet and tasty” heat rating from me. All in all, this is a stimulating, honeyed sweetmeat of a tale that will serve very well as a palate cleanser between larger novels.
Thank you, Piper Vaughn, this was my intro to your work and definitely encouraged me to look for more.
“Bright Dream, with Steam”
I thought this was a really sweet story with some steamy scenes mixed in. Laurie was so patient and sweet with Jonah, and I loved how Jonah stood up for Laurie later in the book. It was also refreshing to read a story without all of the angst of an unaccepting family(although I do understand that is the case sometimes). This was a really short read but I thought the author did a great job at helping you fall for the characters in that time. I loved it so much I just purchased the follow-up Giving In because I wanted to read more about them.