Sunday, March 21, 2010

Midnight Dalliance

Title: Midnight Dalliance
Author: S. J. Frost
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Short Story
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Dalton Harrington has waited for this moment for years in hopes of one day becoming a prize winning rider. Dalton’s finally saved up enough money to buy Midnight Dalliance, a beautiful black stallion who looks every inch the champion his pedigree suggests. Unfortunately, his new horse comes from a less than capable trainer. Dalton is worried that his inexperience as a rider, combined with Midnight’s behavioral issues means the pair are facing too high a hurdle to jump. Enter Kelvin Crofton, a true champion of the sport and a man Dalton has admired from afar for as long as he can remember. Kelvin can see the potential in this up-and-coming rider, if only he can show the man what a little faith in team work can achieve. Dalton’s a willing student but can he find it in his heart to trust his new horse with his dream, and his new friend with his heart?

The chemistry between Dalton and Kelvin is fantastic. I really am impressed with how quickly and easily the shape of both characters merged. Both seem like gentle, friendly, likable guys who actually care about people’s feelings and that was very refreshing to read. My imagination ran wild with the possibilities between these two from the start. Midnight Dalliance is a very good example of a short story. I was teased with just enough of Dalton’s background to capture my initial interest and his admiration of Kelvin, a mysterious cowboy he admires and wishes to emulate, had me hooked. Kelvin, in particular, is a kind hearted character who I became attached to immediately. The unpleasant character of Midnight’s previous trainer gave balance to the story, although why Dalton had any dealings with him in the first place is a mystery. I do get the feeling the trainer was very persuasive though and this could have been explored a little deeper to add substance to Dalton’s character. However, with smooth, effortless writing and a detailed setting providing a wonderful reading experience, I highly recommend this snapshot in the lives of Dalton and Kelvin.

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