Author: Lucius Parhelion
Reviewed by: SheReadsAlot
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: M/M Romance
Summary: Jack returned from Korea as a young renegade who might love his cheap paperbacks but who also loves showing off his leather jacket in the lavender bars. He never would have predicted that dealing with the boys from Vice would depend more on Mr. Cooley the bookseller, and their unexpected binding, than playing the tough guy.
Lucius Parhelion’s “Bindings” is a short story set in the 1950’s. Jack is visiting the local gangster bar’s Topper’s and it is subjected by a police raid. Escaping in the alley, fate steps in and the owner of a neighboring bookstore happen to aid Jack’s flight.
The story has barely any steam and the dialogue came across wooden and robotic. The weird sex scene came across as just that as well. It’s pg PWP…which is odd in itself. This story lost me when an erection was referred to as “it”. The author did seem to be knowledgeable of this time period. Also the story wasn’t dragged out to just join a bunch on unnecessary words. So TWO STARS for the story, delivery and the author’s 1950’s knowledge.
This story was not an enjoyable read for me.