Evening Rounds

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A glimpse into Adrian Forrester's past at public school, a hazing and caning he tells his lover about.

Short vignette of ~1.400 words written for the Goodreads M/M-group's "Love Is Always Write" event.
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About Steelwhisper

My stories are romantic, fantastic, futuristic, queer, weird, sadistic. Most will not only contain a sexual journey, and be a love story, but also have a solid secondary plot. Please note that I write QUILTBAG fiction and dark erotic fiction rather than mainstream romance. I don't do bittersweet endings, I like HFNs instead.

What to tell you about my person? I'm genderqueer, green-eyed with dark hair, unmarried, bisexual and kinky in just about any direction you can imagine, and some you wouldn't even think of. I've been in the BDSM lifestyle since before I was officially old enough. I have more than a working expertise regarding whips and other percussion instruments and love to spend my time outdoors gardening or with my dogs.

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Review by: Croft House on May 11, 2015 :
This is just wonderful, a strongly-written snapshot of an intense moment between a couple. We've all got a story that hurts to relive and telling someone about it can be as traumatic as it is cathartic. The way Adrian distances himself from what happened to him is authentic and I just love how understated it is - "I quietly lost myself in the feel and smell of him" - it doesn't need any more than that.
(review of free book)
Review by: Ayana Prende on May 11, 2015 :
It's not often you get a book free and manage to feel gypped, but I did with this. The total word count is 4400. But the story itself is only 1400 words of that, the rest is a teaser for another of the author's works.

And this very short short story was rather on the vacuous side. I'm not sure who the intended readership is, but it's clearly not me.

There seemed absolutely no point to Adrian's tale. We know nothing of him; we know nothing of his lover, whose narrative is redundant (we gain no insight from his bookends to Adrian's); we don't even know enough about the schoolboys to really care.

It's categorised as a contemporary romance, but with the exception of the fact Adrian is talking to (and cuddling with) a lover, there is no romantic element to the actual story, which is, in essence, a brief history of violence. In fact, it felt devoid of any emotion.

And that very brief history tried too hard to be literary and edgy, ultimately falling flat on its pretentious face.

I'm not sure what reactions the author was trying to elicit, but I ended up feeling nothing at all....except perhaps disappointed.
(review of free book)
Review by: David Blake on Aug. 17, 2014 : (no rating)
A pretty fine piece of writing, although not what I would expect from a story filed under the banner of contemporary romance. The only hint of romance comes within the context of the brief framing sequence, whilst the actual 'story', a snapshot of the old British public school system, is something else entirely. I'm not even quite sure how to score this.
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