Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Crying Game
Author: Kol Anderson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 41 Pages
Publisher: Kol Anderson
Release Date: August 10, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: William Davenport can’t take the weight of the secret in his life any more. When his brother makes the ultimate sacrifice for their family’s legacy and leaves William in the cold, it may just be time to accept the reality that everyone wants him to accept.
Nobody does dark, twisted, depraved short stories, quite like Kol. He has the ability to pack punches in the fewest pages, and I look forward to each and every one of them.
Here, William comes across as the big jerkoff, keeping everyone at a distance. But, it turns out that brother, Alex, takes the prize after all. The two have been carrying on a sexual relationship since their teens. All goes well until Alex decides to step up to the plate, marry and start a family, leaving William hanging in the breeze.
William is a bit messed in the head, more than the initial messed in the head he must be to think the two could have an actual relationship. Alex’s rejection throws him for a big loop, and he simply doesn’t know how to deal with the pain. Add to that, he has some medical issues, and he is not in a good place.
This is an extremely fast read, and I was sucked in from the first page, which is nothing new. It rolls right along, up until the end, when I started grumbling about wanting more. It ends rather abruptly with thoughts of the guys skipping off into the sunset, but I really would have liked to have seen a bit more leading up to that. Were they able to follow through? What about the family? The wife? The baby?
This has excellent story weaving that I’ve come to expect from Kol, though I was thinking there would be a darker twist wrenching me in the end. Perhaps I’ve been conditioned to expect that or I’m becoming desensitized to the darkness. I’m not sure. But, I do know that no Kol story would be complete with some cursing and loving name calling, so I’ll give this four solid grumble worthy stars.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*