Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Title: Better Late Than Never
Author: Misa Izanaki
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Leon never thought that a gaming convention would be the place to spend quality time with his best friend, Ian, but when he finds himself alone with him in his hotel room, late at night, after an exhausting day battling, things take a very interesting turn. At first he is very cautious, as the last thing Leon wants is to lose his best friend so soon after splitting up with his lover Peter. No, Leon will gladly keep his fantasies about Ian to himself if it means keeping his close. When Ian shows signs that perhaps Leon doesn’t need to use his imagination any more however, Leon doesn’t think twice.

Better Late Than Never is a fun short story about a couple of guys who are trying to figure out exactly what they want out of their friendship. I loved the gaming element and the way it connected Leon and Ian as it took me back to a time when I used to hang out with friends playing games and being comfortable in my own skin. Although there was potential to their relationship, I wish there had been more development and exploration of the characters. I found it difficult to connect to Leon or Ian in any substantial way as there wasn’t enough detail, which in turn, unfortunately, led to the feeling of things being over before they really had a chance to begin.

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