Title: Second Chance
Author: Derek Adams
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Design
Buy Link: Buy Link Derek Adams
Genre: contemporary m/m romance
Length: Short Story (8k words, 28 pdf pages)
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: A boy-meets-boy story about an architect and a cop that felt cut short as if it was supposed to be the first part of something longer.
The Blurb: The heroic rescue of an elderly shopkeeper brings Nick Harding face to face with handsome detective Matt Langford. What begins as a simple statement to the police quickly escalates into an all-night ordeal when Nick is rushed to the hospital for a suspected concussion. Upon his release, Nick is surprised and grateful to discover that Detective Langford is waiting to take him back to his home. As time passes, the two meet again and again, until a date becomes inevitable. The date leads to drinks back at Nick’s condo and the sexual heat that has been building between the two men erupts into a night of unstoppable passion.
The Rewiew: Nick Harding is on his evening run when he witnesses a robbery in a neighborhood shop. While catching the robber, Nick gets smacked upon the head, which makes it necessary for Detective Matt Langford to take Nick to a hospital. Right from the first moment, Nick feels attracted to Matt, and it’s soon clear that the feeling is mutual. But Nick holds back and hesitates since he’s been burned in the past by an unfaithful lover who was also his first. The experience has left Nick with a romantic approach at relationships. While he feels the sexual pull of Matt he’s also afraid to fall for another man who only wants him for casual sex.
Luckily, after several weeks of cautious mutual courting and carefully orchestrated “accidental” meets on both sides Matt takes the matter in hand by asking Nick out. During their date, Matt manages to dissipate Nick’s doubt. The last third of the story is entirely dedicated to Matt’s and Nick’s passionate lovemaking.
This is a clean, nice, sweet little story. Not much conflict there, not too many obstacles to overcome, only two guys who meet, albeit under interesting circumstances, fall in love with each other and start a relationship. Hold the sex scenes, and this story could be likely the answer to a casual “and how’d you two meet?” small talk question at a family barbecue. The smexxin, once it happens, is nicely done, too, a bit lengthy, but certainly passionate and hot.
However, I couldn’t help the feeling as if this had been originally meant to become the opening chapters to a longer novel. I kept waiting for “something” to happen, but the tale flowed smoothly to its comfortable end.
If you’re in the mood for something light and erotic, I’d recommend this short story as an entertaining, not too demanding pastime.