Nothing hurt when he woke up, surrounded by Marks warmth. Nothing hurt when they were just together.
Rating: 9/10 PROS: - My favorite kind of storyline: two people whove secretly been in love nearly all their lives finally get together.
His best friend, Mark. Mark Goudy has a secret of his own, one that drove him to live far away in London rather than betray his best friends trust: Hes always been in love with Weston. And if he can manage to slip that ring off Westons finger for one night, hes sure things will change. Reaching forward, he closed his cool, damp fingers over Westons where they curled into his pint, holding him for what felt like seconds soaked in molasses before prying his hand away from the glass. That doesnt mean I cant appreciate how gorgeous you are, Mark said, placing Westons Guinness out of the way with his own. Weston opened his mouth and you should leave became, What do you wonder about? And he didnt want Mark to stop touching him. Weston couldnt think of the words. None of them knew him, could see through him, like Mark. When their lips finally touched, Weston sighed. Marks mouth was warm and soft, and at first, he didnt seem to want anything more than to press his lips to Westons. He cradled the back of Marks head with one hand and gripped his shirt with the other. It wasnt until the sound died away that he seemed to find the strength to part his lips, to let his tongue slip out and trace along Westons, to seek out one corner before sweeping again to the other side. As Mark deepened the kiss, Wes realized he didnt want to deny that moment. Westons experience was limited, to say the least, but he knew enough to know that Marks mouth was amazing. You dont know how long Ive waited for that, Mark rasped. The protest might have sounded stronger if Weston had pushed Marks hand away from his thigh, and if Marks mouth wasnt so close to his. Mark licked a path across Westons lower lip.
Will Weston be able to accept Mark's advances or will years of denial and his conservative religious training keep the two apart?
Weston and Mark were buddy friends since they were teenagers; from a small English village, they share everything since they both feel stranger among other people. But Weston probably is more cautious and probably he fears to leave the comfort of his small village life and so he searched shelter in the church and in the chastity: he became an Anglican pastor. I like both Weston than Mark, but in both of them I found something to blame: why Weston didn't dare to fight for his love and instead chose the easy way of becoming a priest? There is also no space to develop Mark and Weston's relationship as friends, to let us know how they were as young gay teens in a small village.
I don't think one can have the same expectations for a novella / quickie as a full length story. This is where I feel publishers and big book sellers like Amazon do buyers a disservice. I can understand how a seller like Amazon that sells literally everything can't do that, so it falls on the publisher to make those things clear in its description both the shortness and heat level. The writing and story telling are above average in comparison to others within m/m of the same length. I would not suggest this story, no matter how beautiful it is, unless someone was in the mood for a lot of HOT man on man love; which I freely admit is the main reason I often read m/m and find the heat ratings so important.
The story was just short of 60 pages long, and almost all of that was sex.
Vivien Dean returned to writing in 2005, and has published with Liquid Silver Books, Samhain Publishing, and Amber Quill Press.