Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Thunder Snow
Author: Owen Keehnen
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 43 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Available at: Wilde City Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Thunder Snow is a gay love story set in academia during the 1980s. When Jim Franklin goes away to Windsor College, he is hoping to leave his former life, and lifestyle, behind. Jim has had enough of feeling like an outsider. By all practical purposes he is succeeding at Windsor, at least until his third year. Jim has joined a fraternity and is dating a nice sorority girl. Love blindsides him when Jim meets Glenn who has relocated to the town of Windsor from New York City. Glenn has come to town as the kept lover of wealthy Windsor resident Raymond Channing. Bored by the lack of stimulation in small town, Glenn soon enrolls in college at the university and meets Jim in a Romantic Literature class. When Jim asks for assistance with an assignment, Glenn agrees. Sparks soon ignite and passion ensues. Despite their respective situations, both men fall madly in love, but will it be enough to sustain them in the long run.
This is a short story about a couple of college guys who fall in love. But it isn’t quite a simple as that. One guy, Glenn, a starving artist/activist, takes the opportunity to become a kept man with Raymond Channing as his sugar daddy. He gives him sex and companionship in exchange for pretty much everything else Glenn needs or wants. When Glenn becomes bored and feels he needs more exposure to release his creativity, Raymond pays for him to attend college. This is where he meets Jim.
Jim is the closeted one. He has been living life in a fraternity, with a girlfriend, trying to pretend he is straight thinking that will be enough. But when he meets Glenn, the sparks are hard to ignore, and after Glenn shows him how good things can be, they eventually fall in love.
I had a really hard time connecting with these characters. I think most of that has to do with the short sentence structure and lack of dialog. It was as though someone was reading me their story, as opposed to me being a part of it. Most of the time, we are told what his happening, or what someone is saying, instead of them just doing it or saying it. In the style this was written, it was difficult to warm up to the characters, even though the writing is very poetic in nature.
I enjoyed watching the men explore one another. We don’t have quite the usual descriptions of their activities which sometimes felt a bit over the top but in a fluffy sort of way. There were times where I had to stop and think about what was actually happening.
“Jim felt his spirit rising, coming closer, higher and then his passion pulsed free.”
The rest of the descriptions gave a really good sense of place and feel as far as the setting and season. I enjoyed this short holiday-ish story, but wish it had been a bit more fleshed out with a bit more dialog to warm things up. As a warning, this story does contain cheating, for those who dislike reading about it.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*