Want by Ann Mayburn

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Title: Want
Author: Ann Mayburn
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Pages: 41
Characters: Cody McPherson, Sam Denham
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Gay-For-You Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Construction foreman Cody McPherson always considered himself as straight as they come. That is until he finds himself falling for the handsome stonemason, Sam Denham, that constantly occupies his thoughts. He wants Sam, badly, and can’t get the man out of his mind. Worse yet, he isn’t even sure if Sam is gay. When he finds out that Sam has signed up with a dating service searching for a guy who looks exactly like him Cody is even more eager, and confused than before.

Sam can’t believe that he’s developed a huge crush on his obviously straight co-worker. Even worse, the job that allowed him to see Cody on an almost daily basis has ended and he desperately misses his buddy in a way that goes far beyond just friendship. In an effort to soothe his aching heart and body, he tries to get a blind date with someone like Cody so he can pretend for just one night that he holds Cody in his arms.

When Cody himself shows up as Sam’s blind date, he is at once elated and afraid of having his heart broken by just another straight guy looking to sample the gay life. He wants to be so much more than Cody’s 1Night Stand and if he’s given the chance, Sam will do anything to prove that love doesn’t discriminate based on gender.


Want is the first book I’ve read by Ann Mayburn and it definitely won’t be my last! I enjoyed every minute of this sweet and sexy short story, and I hated to see it come to an end. Since the blurb does a great job at explaining what the book is about, I’m not going to rehash it, but I will say that both heroes are very likeable sexy men who really lived and breathed off of the written page.

I enjoyed how both heroes played off each other and the intense physical chemistry between them could have scorched the pages their story was written on. Want has many hot moments between the two heroes, and the lovemaking between them was very well written and plentiful throughout the storyline. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the fast-paced, addictive story that gripped me from the first page and held me hostage until I read the last word. Both heroes not only were attracted to each other, but they also liked and respected each other too. The camaraderie between them is very apparent throughout the story and I enjoyed watching them come together.

Gay for You storylines can be a difficult sell for most readers. But, in this short story, I thought it was handled very well. Since the two men had such a strong attraction between them, it made me as a reader believe their attraction and the admiration they had for each other. My only gripe is that Want was so short. I would have loved to read more about these characters and seen them work to make their relationship work. I did love the ending, and when I finished reading this book I had a big, happy smile on my face. If you are looking for a lighthearted, intensely sexy read then Want is definitely a book for you!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

1 Comment

  1. Yeah! So glad you enjoyed this story, Gabbi and thank you so much for the lovely and well thought out review. 😀 You will get another peek at Sam and Cody in ‘Cherished’, another short story about their honeymoon coming out later this Spring/Summer.


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