Reviewed by Ami
Title: Love in 24 Frames
Author: C.S. Poe
Series: 2019 Advent Calendar | Homemade for the Holidays
Heroes: Declain & Shota
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Declan Groves is a CPA in New York City. His adult life is dictated by routine and borderline monotony. The need to express himself, in ways his career and crippling shyness have never allowed, leads Declan to becoming an amateur stop-motion filmmaker.
The one problem is that Declan is also in love with the Wandering Artist Studios receptionist Shota Watanabe. Shota has always had a smile and engaging comment ready for Declan, but even if it is more than casual politeness, Declan hasn’t been able to get out more than a tongue-tied sentence at a time. And a man like Shota surely has no intention of waiting forever.
So when an unexpected change to Declan’s daily schedule throws the two together outside of the studio, it might be the catalyst needed to explore what’s unspoken between them. But if they’re to have a future, Declan needs to find a way to tell Shota how he truly feels.
My initial reaction when I reached the ending… Urgh, why can’t you add few more pages, author? Why? It’s the holiday, be generous.
But yes, this one is charming. I adored Declan immediately. How could I not? He is crippled with his shyness, which results not being able to talk to Shota, a receptionist at the studio where Declan works on his creativity. My heart always loves this kind of characters. But Declan’s ‘gift’ for Shota is BRILLIANT. Oh, gosh, I want to hug that man so bad!
There’s a “villain” in this short story, which threatens to ruin the possibility of Declan and Shota’s relationship. I despise this kind of person – who just can’t stand the idea that someone may not interested. No worries, Declan and Shota still gets their HFN. Which points me to that first line of this review.
I NEED MORE PAGES!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*