Chris, sent me this link to the GLBT Bookshelf and the free books they are giving away. These range from little shorts to the full-length Deadly Nightshade by Victor J. Banis. So I snapped up the ones I haven't read and gave them a read.
The French Have a Word For It by Josh Lanyon (28 pages)
Colin is trying to make it as an artist in Paris when he runs into Thomas, and old "friend". Eventually through Colin's recollections, you find out he was kidnapped at 14 and Thomas rescued him and was his body guard. He always had a crush on Thomas and they spend the afternoon reconnecting. Thomas is only in town one night but they have an amazing time, until morning when Colin discovers that Thomas was really sent my his rich Grandfather with whom he'd had a falling out to check up on him. Needless to say he's hurt and angry. The image painted of the artists district in Paris is amazing, Josh did a great job giving you a real feel for the city which I think was as much a hero of the story as Colin and Thomas.
First Day of Forever by Mary Calmes (52 pages)
Cam, now a police detective in Chicago and Davis, a lawyer in San Francisco were best friends through high school and beyond. Although Cam wanted to hook up with Davis when they were 18 Davis refused because he didn't want to ruin their friendship. He phones in a panic because he wants Cam to come to SF for the party to celebrate him making partner. He's acting strangely and finally tells Cam he was stupid and loves him and wants them to be together now. It's all told from Cam's 1st person POV and while he tries to slow down Davis (who is all hands and "fuck me now") to find out what brought on a 12 year change of heart he didn't try very hard. After all that time I'd be going "WTF?" not "yeehaw let's get naked". I sometimes find it hard to relate to characters who act very differently than I would in situations, in love or not.
Crimes of Passion by Mel Keegan (25 pages)
Frank and Brad are living the perfect life now that Brad has recovered from his motorcycle accident, new house, nice furniture, life is great until Frank gets a letter from his parents saying they're coming to visit. He totally freaks but won't tell Brad exactly why, just rants and raves about how awful it will be but Brad tries to be positive, after all they accepted that they are together so it can't be that bad. In the lead up Frank gets more and more freaked out and when his parents arrive .... well, lets just say his nerves were justified. It's a classic tale of the in-laws from hell told from Brad's perspective. It's actually a humerous story, it's not that they are evil, but are the quintessential crazy in-law stereotype. So it was pretty funny to read the guys' reactions to the guests from hell.