Title: Acts of Service
Author: Jessie Pinkham
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: January 26th, 2019
Page Count: 82
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Tom can’t catch a break when it comes to his love life. He’s not good with romance, as his exes told him in uncharitable terms, and he’s starting to wonder if there’s something wrong with him. So when he finds himself attracted to his temporary roommate, he’s afraid of being called inadequate all over again.
Alex has serious anxiety which make his life a challenge and his dating prospects slim to nonexistent. He assumes Tom isn’t interested in him because men never are. It’s a pleasant surprise to start a friends with benefits relationship, so Alex goes out on a limb in an attempt to impress Tom. When it backfires spectacularly, he thinks all hope is lost.
Both men are held back by past rejections. Will a minor crisis bring them together … or tear them apart?
I enjoyed reading this shorter story about a guy with severe anxiety trying to take his life back. Hurt/comfort is totally my bag.
Alex had a rough childhood and severe anxiety growing up. During his teenage years, it was crippling. He’s come a long way, but he still has obvious issues with taking risks and living a typical life. When his apartment building has mold, he has no choice but to leave. While he’s looking for a new place, his step-brother hooks him up with his best friend for a couple of weeks.
Tom was warned about Alex’s ‘quirks’ but he’s not sure what the big deal is. So, he likes having a night light and an extra fire extinguisher. No big deal. And he can’t understand why everyone else in Alex’s life has made it a big deal.
It was very cute how Tom seemed to dismiss most of Alex’s issues without another thought. He wasn’t judgmental and he wasn’t patronizing and it was really sweet how he tried his best to figure out what he needed most.
Overall, this was a really short story, so it was difficult to get the full long, slow burn romance, but I had wished there was a little more to it than there was. A bit of burn would have been lovely, but this seemed to be more of a convenience thing, which wasn’t very romantic or satisfying. Cute story, needed more follow through in my opinion.
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