Monday, May 17, 2010

Boy Under The Bridge

Title: Boy Under The Bridge
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: None listed
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

James has known Travis since they were kids and they’ve had a relationship of sorts for years, but things got serious six months ago when they started dating—even if it was long distance. Against the protests of his family, he’s left his job and home to move to Houston to be with Travis. On a night out on the town, James is betrayed by his lover and in retribution, leaves with another man. The next morning he’s devastated by what happened. Instead of the start of a new life, he’s left feeling grief-stricken by his actions. He’s sitting on a bench at a bus stop when he discovers seven messages on his cell phone. Does James dare listen to the angry words of his lover? Is there any hope of forgiveness? What’s he going to do?

Boy Under The Bridge by Eden Winters is a short that follows a young man introduced in The Wish. I’ll admit up front that I was happy to learn of this release, since I’d wondered what had happened to the emotionally wounded James.

The author did a nice job describing the pained emotions—the regret James felt for his decision to leave the nightclub with a stranger. It was palpable—almost leaping off the page. His uncertainty of answering the numerous phone messages from Travis is written just as well, letting the reader feel the pain of both men. Yet when he did listen to them, he’s allowed to hear the change in attitude from furious and ultimately to fearful for James’ safety. These two men, like every person, have personal baggage that they bring to any relationship. Unfortunately for James, his response to Travis’ almost cost them the life they were building together.

There was just enough of the scene from The Wish included as a reminder, to allow a reader unfamiliar with the previous events to understand what was going on in the story. I have to say that reading the scene again didn’t make me feel any more kindly toward Alex, in fact, just the opposite. Understanding the scene from James’ perspective only made Alex appear even more callous and unfeeling.


Eden said...

Thanks so much for reviewing Boy Under the Bridge and sharing your thoughts. I was surprised at the number of readers who expressed concern for James in The Wish, and wanted him to have a happy ending too.

mystical nymph said...

It's it surprising what readers will wonder about? Me included.

Even though in the over all scheme of The Wish, James played only a brief supporting part, you made him into a character people wanted to know more about. With Boy Under the Bridge you gave us even more reason to care for him, and did a very nice job filling in the blanks of his life. Good job and keep up the good work!