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Friday, July 30, 2010

Torquere Tastings

I've managed to get some reading done on vacation but not much. Being the driver makes it harder. :-) Mostly shorts I've squeezed in when I can.

What Not to Wear by Clare London (48 pages)
Torquere Books

Doug and Beckett are lovers who work for the same company. Beckett is hard working and serious and just got a promotion; Doug works hard enough to keep his job and has a penchant for wearing t-shirts with dirty sayings on them and getting into trouble. However he always seems to manage to entice Beckett into some naughty action at the office. The story takes place over a week with each day involving a different t-shirt and different shenanigan’s which end up with Beckett losing his job and Doug quitting in solidarity. I was a bit shocked by the kind of office sex these guys were having, in cubicles no less. Working in an office I found it a bit over the top (or maybe I’m just oblivious LOL) but if you just went with the fun aspect it was a cute story. Beckett perhaps wasn’t as straight-laced as he’d have you believe and you could sense their passion and the fun in their relationship. A fun sexy read with a bit of a different ending that I enjoyed.

Sticky Fingers by HT Murray (17 pages)
Torquere Books

This is a follow-up to the story Go Fish which was the very funny story of best friends and roommates Cal and Ian finally figuring out they had something together and bonding over fish. This time they are back from vacation with Cal’s family and Ian gets covered in watermelon juice. Strangely Cal finds this a turn on and manoeuvres Ian into the garage where he “deals with” the sticky mess. This is just a little sexy interlude with the guys. I would have loved to see more of Marcy, she was great in the first book and gets a mention here. So for fans of Go Fish you’ll enjoy this little look at the guys a few months later.

Secret Santa by Aaron Michaels (53 pages)
Torquere Books

Yes, yes, Christmas in July. It’s keeping me cool. Ollie is an accounting manager and all around office Scrooge, he hates office birthdays, showers, parties, and especially the secret Santa gift exchange. This year he gets the name of the hot young new guy who is rumoured to be sleeping with the boss. He’s sure it’s a set up, but with some prodding decides to try and get to know him better only to find out the rumours are likely true. Ollie had a rough time as a kid with Christmas and now even his fantasy is a bust. However, he gets a very thoughtful gift from Matt, who appears to have gotten a far more thoughtful gift from him than he bought. Seems half the office was in on setting them up. There were dashes of humour in this that made me laugh out loud a couple of times and there were some poignant moments as Ollie remembered his childhood and his relationships including the one with Jonas who left him and broke his heart. I quite liked this one, the secondary characters where good and appealing as well. If you’re looking for a cute little Christmas story that’s not too sugary it might fit the bill.


Average Reader said...

Good for you, getting stuff read on your vacation! These all sound good -- if they have to be short, well at least they're funny. :)

Tam said...

A little Val, but I've got a jam packed schedule the next couple of days, so not much on the horizon. Good point about the humour, these all had dashes of humour which left you smiling.

Chris said...

I haven't read the Christmas one, but I did enjoy the first two!

Tam said...

Well, Christmas in July was a bit odd, but then again I like Halloween in April. :-)

Lily said...

These all sound like fun stories. I haven't read any of them although I do have Clare's on my wish list. I read Go Fish so will add this one to the list. Aaron's sounds cute, I've read a couple of others by him/her(?) an liked them.

Hope you have a fab weekend!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to get that sequel to Go Fish.

The others sound cute.

Tam said...

It was just a sexy little interlude Eyre but fun. The others were cute as well. A good mix.