Title: Sean and Toby
Author: Xondra Day
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Characters: Sean, Toby
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Sean’s mundane job at a call center leads him to make some changes in his routine life. Getting fit is one of his goals and after joining a local gym, he meets cute and twinky Toby.
Toby nearly knocks the breath out of Sean with not only his cute looks, but also his wit and charm. Their attraction to each other is instant and Sean can’t stop thinking about Toby and his perfect butt.
Things quickly heat up between them, but Toby isn’t who Sean thought he was. Looks can be very deceiving. There’s another side to Toby’s personality. Sean’s definitely met his match!
Told in first person from Sean’s POV and in the present tense, this story shows us how Sean, starting workouts at a gym, meets Toby, a worker there. Their attraction is instant, but they remain uncertain of each other at first. Is he gay or not? Is he interested or not? Is he a top or a bottom? Is he into one-nighters or in it for the long haul? Typical relationship questions.
My pet peeve—lack of deeper characterization—is present here. It is, however, understandable because of the length of the story. Still, I felt like I didn’t get to know the guys beyond their sexual encounter. Then again, sometimes that’s what floats one’s boat, so to speak. As an erotic quickie, this works fine. Well, to be honest, we get to know Sean a bit better, his boring call center job and his hot roommate with whom he once had a fling. Toby’s more of a mystery—and a surprise for such a little thing.
Not much plot here beyond the first date, and the writing reflects that. This short story is recommended to all those who seek a few minutes of escape with a couple of cute guys, some hot sex, and a promising start to a relationship.
Reviewed By: Susan