A male/male Sci-Fi romance novella
Erukkass’ people, a species of interdimensional aliens, have been observing Earth and interacting with humans for so many centuries that some Native American tribes believe their ancestors originated from the stars. After his lover passed away in what appears to be a medical accident, Erukkass accepts a scientific mission… but not for the reasons his government expects. He has located his beloved on another timeline, in another universe—ours—and he will not leave without him.
Jon, a psychic since childhood, has never felt at home in the world, even less so after his lover died on Winter Solstice a year ago. Since his abilities failed him when he needed them most, he turns to alcohol and rejects his family’s assertion that he is a Star Child—an alien/human hybrid. When Jon’s sister suggests he should look into the legend of Handsome Fellow, Jon decides that if he cannot find happiness himself, he will bring it to others.
Jon returns home from work one evening to find a gift of his own—a strange young man waiting for him. Erukkass unveils one stunning revelation after another, including the truth behind his lover’s death and the nature of time itself. Can he and Jon forge a future together, or will two timelines that have always intersected, no matter when or where, finally be forced to diverge?
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Jon is suffering, drinking himself into oblivion dealing with the loss of Daniel, a year ago. His sister tells him of an old story of their people, that of the Handsome Fellow and Jon's interest in life is again budding. Erukkass lost HIS partner a year ago, and he has been searching for Jon ever since. But Erukkass came a long way, through many different worlds and times. Will Jon accept him, and their story??
This is only short, and a short book HAS to grab you straight away, or its over before its begun. Or, usually, I'd say that. Because this did NOT grab me straight away!
Nope, it kinda crept up on me, and it just went boom, round about half way! And I really enjoyed it from that point. I didn't dislike it before then, not at all, it just seemed a much more enjoyable read after about half way.
You don't get all of Erukkass' story immediately, it comes at you in little snippets and takes time for it all to become clear. For a 62 page book, that took some doing, let me tell ya, and I loved that!
I loved that Jon is less than accepting of Erukkass in the beginning, but that he warmed to the idea. Loved the little things Erukkass said to remind him of Daniel. Loved that Jon fought his feelings for Erukkass in the memory of Daniel.
Again, only short. First I can see that I've read of this author, and I'd like to read more, maybe a longer book. (I say that a lot, don't I??)
Because shorts really need to grab and not let go, and this one didn't quite do that...
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1. She is also the author of a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and three novels, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015), Firebird (Limitless Publishing, 2015), and What’s Left of Me (The Firebird Trilogy #2) (Limitless Publishing, 2016). Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.