Bethany reviews ‘Toy With Me’ by Annabelle Jacobs. Published by Blanket Fort Press June 17, 2015, 34 pages
Why I read this book: I have read Annabelle’s ‘The Altered’ and ‘The Altered 2’ so I was excited to try something that was not a paranormal by her.
We were provided this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.
When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.
Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.
This is a short story, and those are not something I would normally pick up. But I am so glad I took the chance on it. It was so much fun to read, and when I finished it I wanted to go and get the rest in The Secrets Collection.
While my review wont be long, I want to tell you a little about why I liked this book so much. One was Aaron, he is in his second year at Uni (what we Americans call college) and he decides its time to move into a house that he will share with 3 other guys in hopes to make more friends. He is not in the closet but he struggles with how to tell people he is gay. “Hi. I’m Aaron, and I’m gay,” is not what he considers a conversation opener. I just wanted to hug him.
Two was Rob. Oh how I loved Rob, out and proud with a wicked sense of humor. That is a winning combination in my book. But he is not in your face about being gay, he just won’t tolerate being told that is wrong. Three, Aaron and Rob together, just yum. Ok so they don’t automatically fall into bed together, at least not for the smexy times. They form a friendship and I truly like when a couple starts off as friends. Now when things do start to heat up all I can say is it was all sorts of HOT. I really liked the dynamic between these two characters.
Finally, four. The other housemates. The banter between the four of them is hilarious and I enjoyed how tolerant they were. It left me with a happy smile on my face, and makes me believe the world is changing and becoming more accepting of the LGBT community. Yes I know that’s pretty deep for a book with only 34 pages but that just goes to show you how well this book is written.
I really enjoyed this short story and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something short, sweet, with some sex toys thrown in for good measure.
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Annabelle is a wife, mother, and owner of two troublesome cats. She writes male/male romance, usually in a supernatural or fantasy setting. Her mind is always full of plots and twists, and she tries to incorporate these into her stories.