Author: Anne Brooke
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary M/M, Romantic Comedy
Length: Amber Kiss (9k Words, 38 PDF Pages)
Rating: 4. 5 stars out of 5
Summary Review: A delightful romp with all the dry English humour that demonstrates why British television is so addictive.
THE BLURB Thirty-two-year-old IT consultant Tommy Godolphin has been on a series of blind dates, as he doesn’t want to be single any more. None of the dates, however, really hits the spot, and the latest one has proven a complete, if amusing, disaster. When Tommy recounts what happened to his best friend, Jacob, he expects Jacob to laugh with him as usual, but this time the man doesn’t. Instead, Jacob challenges Tommy to go on a blind date with him, to see what, if anything, he might be doing wrong. The evening brings several surprises for them both, but in the morning, what will happen to their friendship?
Thomas has had many disastrous blind dates since he broke up with his last BF, but his last date was perhaps the worst and he’s considering swearing off them forever. The next day Thomas recounted to Jacob his latest run of bad luck. He told Jacob, with whom he had been friends since childhood, that his date with Hector was a new record for him. Hector showed up at the Dog and Duck, a local bar, drunk, in need of a shower and some clean attire. His first question when they met , was:
“What do you like to do in bed?”
Since no one had ever asked him that question before even the first drink, Thomas responded
“In bed I like reading the papers and drinking tea. Preferably The Guardian and English Breakfast. Whenever I get the chance, I’m out bird-watching, though there’s not a great deal going on in the twitching world during the summer. You weren’t expecting sex, were you? I haven’t done any of that messy business since Y2K. So passé, my dear. Another drink?”
This exchange continued until Thomas informed Hector that he was at least a hundred years older than him and Hector acknowledged that Thomas was definitely too ancient for him to shag. With that passing shot he stalked, or rather weaved, his drunken way out of the bar.
Jacob had a solution to Thomas’s seemingly endless frustration at the dating scene where no man pleased him. He challenged Thomas to go on a date with him as a way of honing his dating skills, and at the end of the evening he would give him an assessment of what he was doing wrong.
At first this didn’t seem like such a good idea to Thomas. After all, how could he take a date with Jacob seriously? They were friends, not potential lovers. But Jacob was serious and since they would be play acting, something that came naturally to him, because Jacob was an actor, Thomas took the plunge. From the very beginning of the date it was clear that Jacob meant business as Thomas soon found out when he showed up late and Jacob punished him. This new “take charge” Jacob was strangely attractive.
At the end of their date at a lovely upscale restaurant where the meal as well as the company was exquisite, Jacob made his expectations of Thomas very clear, still continuing the play acting by saying forcefully:
“You’ve been playing hard-to-get with me up until now, but there’s only so much teasing I’ll allow. I understand from the friends who set us up that you don’t put out on a first date, but it’s not acceptable, Thomas. I don’t see the point of going on a date at all if I don’t get laid at the end of it.”
“We’ve had a good meal and I’ve very much enjoyed talking to you, admiring your body, too. I’m not prepared to wait for it any longer either, so we need to take this back to one or other of our homes and get physical with each other. Which by the way, so you’re not left in any doubt of it, means I get to fuck you. If you don’t want it, then now’s the time to say so, and I can leave right now and find someone else to fuck. You decide.”
Was Jacob still acting a role? Thomas very much wanted to find out what would happen if he said ‘yes.’
This very delightful, sexy little number proves that sometimes shorter is better and that a story with only 9000 words can be just as satisfying as one that’s much longer. Anne Brooke packed a lot into this story. Her two protagonists were well drawn and their physical appearance fit their age. The author’s excellent characterizations were very evident in Tommy’s Blind Date as these two old friends crossed the threshold into lovers. The sex was wonderful and Jacob demonstrated that a man didn’t need to have a six or eight pack to be attractive to his partner – all he needed was skill in the bedroom and lots of humour.
I thoroughly enjoyed Tommy’s Blind Date. If you’re looking for a fun quickie in more ways than one, 🙂 this little gem won’t disappoint.