Title: Jigs and Reels
Author: Leigh M. Lorien
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Release Date: September 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 58 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Elijah works in a cubicle, lives with his parents, and never goes on dates. It isn’t an exciting life, but it’s safe and easy and that’s good enough.
Then he meets Peter, a whirlwind of a man who leads a traveling renaissance band. Peter represents everything Eli usually avoids, but his boisterous enthusiasm is infectious… and his band needs a fiddle player.
When Eli agrees to fill in for a weekend, he awakens a part of himself he thought long gone. With Peter’s help, he shakes off the dust that has settled on his soul and remembers how to have fun.
But when the band asks him to join them permanently, is Eli’s newborn sense of adventure — and insane crush on a man he barely knows — enough to make him leave the safety of a life he’s clung to for years?
Irish cèilidh with fiddles and flutes?
Hot gay guys, kilts, fairy wings, cèilidhean, fiddles, and flutes?
What’s not to like? No, this title wasn’t one of those that goes on my 5-star shelf, but for a short, it wasn’t bad. I wasn’t overly fond of the 25-year-old character still living with mom and dad and acting like he was a kid instead of an adult. I also wasn’t overly fond of the youth of one of the MCs in general, but you see, that’s a personal hangup.
Objectively, this short was well-written, had an interesting background story going, and overall … it was sweet. It didn’t set me on fire and didn’t provoke any visceral reactions, but it was entertaining enough that I didn’t eyeroll through the whole thing or feel like I needed a shower for being a cougar-perv.
Given the subject matter, I thought it had potential to be way hotter in the sexy department, but since we didn’t get that, I gave it 3 stars. I recommend it for those lunch break quickies where you need to escape into an alternate reality to avoid the one you’re living in.