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Genre: MM Contemporary
Review: Let’s be upfront about this – I went into this short story thinking it was going to be total porn, sex, sex, sex. And to a point, I was correct. There is a lot of sex, to be sure. But there is more to the story than that, and that’s what makes it so good.
Duncan and Tyler met on a dating app and they hit it off. Duncan is listed as a total top and he looks the stereotypical part. He’s a big , strong, hairy policeman who appears very confident and sure of himself. He’s “Kind of …gentle but still dominant at the same time”, in the words of Tyler himself. Tyler is a hairdresser, slim and lithe so Tyler’s friend Julian scoffs at the idea that Tyler will ever top Duncan, “It would be like a whippet fucking a Great Dane.” Admittedly, that made me laugh.
When the two get together, they are all about the sex and yes, Duncan is a top. But then when fantasies get discussed, Duncan’s dream floors Tyler. “Would you…top me maybe?” Now, what makes this unique from just a first time bottom story is how the guilt and inner voices try to dictate how Duncan perceives himself as a gay man. His ability to work through it and try to make Tyler understand, that’s what made me respect him so much. Tyler is hurt by the conversation for a bit but realizes the sign of trust that it is.
And we do get to read of Duncan’s first time as a bottom but ultimately, it is more about the idea and the journey that make this such a rewarding read. Recommended.