Title: Like Sunshine
Series: Southern Seduction Short: Crispin and Wills 2
Author: Julia McBryant
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: June 10, 2019
Genre(s): Gay mystery/suspense
Page Count: 36
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Crispin visits Wills in the liberal town of Athens, four hours from the Georgia coast. He worries their relationship won’t have changed much from their time in Savannah’s stilted high society. But without the strictures of their repressive upbringing, he and Wills find something else entirely.
Let me begin this review by acknowledging having previously awarded a 5-star rating to It’s Enough, the first short story in a pair of brief tales about Crispin and Wills – two best friends since childhood, and the start of their sexual relationship. That encomium concluded with the hope for their eventual HEA. The praise now is justified by Ms McBryant’s sequential, stand-alone short story, Like Sunshine.
Crispin is visiting at Wills’ school, and Like Sunshine begins with an almost newspaper, reportorial style. Shooting us with terse facts suits the mood and setting of the planned meeting, away from family and hometown, free to be open about their relationship. As Crispin notes to himself, publicly holding hands may be more of a seismic shift than declaring love while in bed!
It is quite lovely to witness these very young men as they begin exploring new emotions and physical intimacy which, as in the earlier book, are realistically described, in hot detail. Though it is the Spring of life for Crispin and Wills, and their sap is running strong, Ms
McBryant reaches beyond the mere physical: “They’re just Crispin and Wills. They’re just themselves, just together, just in love with each other, best friends in love with each other . . .”. The reader is likely to nostalgically yearn again for the reader’s own first relationship.
Like Sunshine, just as It’s Enough before, is a tone poem to first love.