Title: Bookended.
Author: Heidi Belleau
Cover artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Amazon: N/A
Genre: Daydreams, M/M/M contemporary
Length: 32 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Sirius

Summary: Hot interlude in the relationship which may or may not change things.


Ad exec Fletcher Williams has the ideal personal assistant. Julian is hardworking, totally in tune with his boss’s needs, capable of enviable attention to detail… and completely willing to apply all those skills to their mutually gratifying sexual relationship. Fletcher doesn’t realize the extent to which he’s wrapped around Julian’s finger—until Julian invites Ogden, a bi-curious young artist they meet in a bookshop, to come home with them. After adding Ogden to their sex life, will Fletcher and Julian be able to return to business as usual?


I have read a lot of good things about this author’s writing partnership with Violetta Vane and I am planning on trying at least one of their books very soon (now a day before review is scheduled I have actually read Hawaian Gothic :)), but in the meantime I decided to check out this author’s solo effort. Honestly I cannot say that I was swept off my feet. I mean it is a well written, hot short story – the writer even managed to made the characters show some nuances of their personalities before sex actually started, which for short story is not a small feat –  but based on what I have read, I expected something more than just good, I expected outstanding and for me it was not outstanding, just okay.

I think I was also disappointed by the ending – not because it was rather open ended, that part I quite liked. I actually much prefer open ended endings in  short stories where at least some of the guys are meeting for the first time, I appreciated that they did not fall into everlasting love with the third guy but the possibilities of further getting to know each other were left wide open. No, I was disappointed that I did not quite understand what was the point of them getting together in the first place, I did not get why they needed it in their relationship. Maybe there was no point, maybe they just wanted to experience an extra hot fun sex, which is totally fine by me, but I had a feeling based on the last remark that one of the guys said that the writer was making some kind of point about their relationship maybe changing somehow and I am a little frustrated that I missed something. I specifically wondered what did Julian hope to happen and did it happen as he hoped? Did he hope to move his relationship with Fletcher on the next level? To improve it? Did he just want to offer Fletcher what  he thought Fletcher wanted? I have no idea, really.

I also have to say that it is very difficult for me to enjoy a story written in the present tense and only very few writers pulled it to my satisfaction. While I understand why this story was written in the present tense (I think), I am not sure I enjoyed it.

Val Kovalin

Excellent review on Amazon, Sirius. I think you explained your point very well. I’m glad the horror parts weren’t too much. 🙂

Val Kovalin

Sirius, you read Hawaiian Gothic? Was it too much in terms of horror? Hope I didn’t lead you astray on that…

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