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REVIEW: “Forever Under a Rainbow” by Posy Roberts

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“I’m not straight” is how Bridger Jenkins came out. That’s all he’s comfortable claiming at first, even if he’s more than willing to experiment sexually with men to find out what being not straight means in practice. Several horrid dates leave him feeling frustrated, so he retreats to a familiar online gay forum for support. There, he runs across Stone Moore, whose profile says he’s only interested in friendship. After hours of easy conversation, Stone agrees to go on a date.

During their amazing evening together, Bridger shares that he’s new to dating men. This seems to throw Stone off, yet the date ends with a steamy kiss. When Stone later tells Bridger the time isn’t right for them, Bridger is hurt and confused. He realizes he must’ve come off as bi-curious, naïve, and insecure. Bridger knows he needs to feel comfortable in this new skin of his and that he won’t find love until he’s more at ease.

Bridger isn’t thrilled to remain in Stone’s friend zone but contents himself with their late night chats and goes out with other men, which both strengthens and disheartens him. His dissatisfying dates reinforce what he already knows: he won’t find anyone else as amazing as Stone. Eventually, he’s bold enough to ask Stone out on another date. Will they date again? Have they found their soul mates, or will they each discover something about the other that causes them to go their separate ways?

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

REVIEW:

Perfect fit. Is it truly possible? We often focus entirely on clicking together in every possible way, we overlook those pieces that might be slightly off. What happens when the piece that doesn’t fit is an important one? Really important. Now the question becomes, can you still make it work?

 
Bridger is discovering himself. What does he conclude? He’s not straight. He can’t say it. He’s not ready for the g-word. This is merely one of his apprehensions. He wants to date not hook-up. He wants to take things slow not rush to blow of steam. He wants someone patient and willing to discover his sexuality at his pace. Online dating seemed like the perfect opportunity to begin his search. After several horrific interactions, he’s even more nervous than when he began. 
He can’t figure out what he’s doing wrong. 
Then he meets Stone. Stone changes everything. Stone IS everything. 
 
Then Stone pulls away. Bridger is crushed, but this is exactly what he needed. He ventures back out and dips his toes cautiously in the dating pool. He finds his voice, his confidence, and can look in the mirror and say it; the g-word isn’t scary anymore. His coming out to his parents might very well be my favorite Mom and Dad talk I’ve ever read. Loved it!
 
Throughout this time, they continued to feed their friendship and Bridger desires at the same time. They get along seamlessly. Bridger can’t help but imagine them together…in every way possible. Finally, he hold his breath and asks Stone out on another date. The passion flares quickly, and then…and then…and then they discover they are both bottoms. 
Oh my.
To be honest, this isn’t something that I have ever given much thought about. But what a quandary it can be. This takes us back to the question….can they make it work and do they still want to?
 
A little tell-y at times and I would have enjoyed a bit more insight into Stone. Nevertheless I enjoyed all of the characters and the atypical story line. 
It was cute, fun, and FREE.

RATING: 3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

22432745Title: Forever Under a Rainbow
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: M/M Romance Group
Pages: 69
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Purchase Links: M/M Romance

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