There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve, and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out.
As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight… maybe… and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat… and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.
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Tams gives this one 5 Stars...
Henry Auttenberg has had a crush on his co-worker Marcus Winnamore since before they were assigned to the same team at work. More than just attraction, he'd wanted to work with Marcus for a while. So he buried the attraction, content to just work for and with the greatness that is Marcus Winnamore. A trip through a snow storm just before Christmas for a job puts the two in very close quarters, and as the weather outside gets colder, inside the car things are definitely heating up.
This was a fast, fun story that was very well written and it really captured my attention from the first page. There wasn't a lot of backstory given, which was fine, it is a novella after all, but I felt like the Author did a great job of presenting enough info about the characters to give the story some depth. Henry was nervous and anxious at first, being stuck in the car with a man that he admires for his work ethic, but he's also attracted to. Straight arrow Marcus turns out not to be so straight after all. But what will happen when the storm passes?
Definitely a must read, especially if you're looking for something short to read during your lunch hour, or getting ready to settle in for the night and you want something short before bed. You'll have some sweet dreams after reading this one just before bed!
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.
Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. A lot of what she writes is speculative in nature, but sometimes it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.