Title: The Night Before Thanksgiving
Author: M. Durango
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Bailey, Curt
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Bailey occasionally fills in as a substitute bartender at his friend’s airport bar as a favor. He strikes up a conversation with Curt, a professor on his way to a family Thanksgiving in Chicago. They hit it off, and make plans to meet up after the holiday, but when the flight is delayed and then canceled, Bailey jumps at the chance to move up the timetable. He invites Curt back to his place for a drink and more, but he has the feeling this is more than a one-night stand. Will Curt feel the same?
The blurb pretty much tells the story. Two ships passing in the night.
What made this a good story for me was the realism. There’s an attraction and matching desires but no insta-love. They don’t confess their whole life stories to one another but speak about casual things and engage in stress free sex that has a chance of becoming more.
I liked both men, as they felt real and tangible, flawed and human, despite the length of the story which doesn’t allow for much character development. I didn’t get to know either one to the bottom but I felt like I got to know their personalities. And that was enough.
There’s solid, easy to follow dialogue and casual conversation, plus some frustrating true moments and cozy sex that gave good pace to the story. The writing has an ease of flow to it which made it a comfortable read.
Overall, a pretty nice little tale about casual lovers, with a potential for more.
Reviewed By: Susan