Then Came Cal

thencamecalTitle: Then Came Cal
Author: Lee Barrows
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Word Count: 12,983
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Sean Hutchins is having the worst day of his life…

After losing what he thought was his dream job, Sean Hutchins walks away to suddenly find not only his professional life, but also his personal life, falling apart. Seeking comfort in his best friend Cassie, the last person Sean expects to run into is Cassie’s big brother—and Sean’s long time crush—Cal.

Cal is supposed to be on vacation visiting his baby sister, not babysitting her and her best friend, Sean. And he definitely is not supposed to be staring at Sean’s hot ass. But after spending some time with the guy, Cal finds himself having confusing feelings for him.

Should Cal act on his attraction? And can Sean find a way to put back the broken pieces of his heart and his life?

This super short story moves at a breakneck pace from the very beginning.

The story is told from the points of view of Sean, who’s been laid off and came home early to find his sort-of-boyfriend, Paul, participating in a marathon sex session with multiple partners, and Sean’s best-friend Cassie’s older brother Cal, a New York bartender in town to visit his sister on vacation.

Personally, I didn’t feel like the characters were really well fleshed out. I would have definitely preferred there to be a little more substance. I found Sean’s romantic yearnings pretty fickle as he immediately jumps from being “in love” with Paul, to wanting Cal a few hours later. But it’s Cal’s transformation that I practically suffered whiplash from: he’s completely unlikable in the first couple of scenes he’s in but then does a complete romantic 180 degree about-face.


This is a really short read, the characters have potential and there’s definitely some hot smexy times. The writing is okay, but I would have preferred this to have been a longer novella or full-length novel so I could have gotten to know the characters better.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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