Author: Carol Holland March
Publisher: Compass Rose Press
Genre: MM Sci Fi
Summary: Love and Longing in the Desert: a M/M romance
A woman scientist learns that her ex-husband, the most famous astronaut on Earth, was forced out of military service for mysterious reasons. What will happen to him now that the aliens who brought their advanced technology to Earth are leaving?
Review: This is a very short story and has bittersweet undertones. The blurb is a little misleading because there is never a “mysterious reason” for his being forced out. They know why he’s forced out.
The story is told from the point of view of Tess, who was married to Josh for five years and has a son with him. I admit, first reading it I thought both Tess and Josh were younger, but since their son, Micheal, is an adult they are older than I perceived. I also admit that Josh isn’t portrayed as a sympathetic character. He and Tess divorced because he cheated on her with astronaut groupies; he wasn’t really there for his son; and now he’s making choices based only on himself. Perhaps it was the length of the story that was problematic in this regard, as we only get the one scene and the world-building is minimal due to length restraints.
Fans of scifi may enjoy this more than romance fans. By using the voice of Tess, the overall tone for me was one of sadness and since we really don’t get to know Paris, that feeling remained.