Author: A.M. Hawke
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Summary: Jake is bored of life in Greentree, a settlement of wizards who eschew technology and channel their magic through tattoos. Then a visitor arrives: Cory, a cyborg with coppery hair and metallic hands. Jake is fascinated by Cory’s metal parts, curious what it would feel like to touch them. But the others in Greentree aren’t so sure about a visitor they consider unnatural…
Review: This is a short story, 74 pages on my iPad, and it’s really the beginning of Jake and Cory. It takes place over just one day, the day they meet. I liked the first half of the story immensely, how they meet, Jake flirting with Cory despite the looks and comments from the other Greentree wizards, and Cory’s shy acceptance of Jake’s attention. I have to say right off – I loved the idea of their magic being caught up in tattoos. That was an imaginative detail.
I also liked the cyborg aspect, since I was assuming it was a robot sort of thing, not a choice. I liked Cory’s reasoning for the metal parts and his confidence in himself now. The fear or distrust shown by the wizards seemed a parallel to behaviors we see in society today, unfortunately.
The world building could have used a little more time but since there is enough to understand what is happening I wasn’t too upset by it.
There is definitely no HEA and I wasn’t even convinced it was a HFN, since they literally just met that day, but it was a sweet beginning to their story. Could it have been better if more fleshed out? Of course. Did I feel things were missing because of the length? No, I didn’t. I read it as it was – the meeting and first time of a (hopefully) new couple.