Review: Ethan Stone – One More Time

29340983Author: Ethan Stone
Reviewer: Vivian
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: M/M contemporary
ISBN: N/A

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Summary:
One More Time
Love, Vegas Style, Book 3

Small town cop Will Jacoby is comfortable in his life, or so he thinks. When he realizes that Brannon Frost, his neighbor and friend, has grown into a handsome young man, he’s confused by his interest. Things get even more messed up in Will’s head when Brannon kisses him.

A man would know he’s gay before the age of thirty, right?

When Brannon’s father dies, Will steps up and becomes the friend Brannon needs. Soon Will is no longer able to deny his feelings for the young man, even though it could damage his carefully constructed life and career.

This story was formerly part of the multi-author anthology Uniform: A Man in Uniform MM Bundle.
Review:
To love or not to love.

Will Jacoby is content with his life. It’s on an even keel and he’s moving along. Until he starts having feelings for someone he didn’t expect. And that unsettles him. Attraction, interest and caring are fundamental building blocks to a romantic relationship. Will has all of these feelings about his teenage neighbor Brannon.

Needless to say, the age difference concerns Will. Not just the difference, but Brannon’s relative youth and inexperience with life in general. Combined with the unexpectedness of Will’s sexual awakening, he finds it disconcerting.

I like the premise and the setting, but here is where the short story didn’t work for me: too much ground is covered too quickly without the sense of reasonable transition including the push to the ending. In order to cover that ground the deeper elements are glossed over. I always felt kept at a distance and the characters appeared wooden, their motivations not given enough elaboration. I think I would love this story spun out and seeing the conflicts Will feels more thoroughly explored. It just wasn’t the age gap love affair I was hoping to read.

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