Title: Bus Stories
Authors: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Benny, Jonathon
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Jonathon and Benny get on the bus separately, but are clearly together as Benny wears a tattoo on his neck that is the exact match for Jonathon’s scarring. What follows are six short stories that each explore a different tale of why they got on the bus and where they go from there.
Bus Stories by Sean Michael is a series of short stories about the same couple, Benny and Jonathon. In each story we get to see how their relationship progresses and all stories have them riding on a bus to their destination.
I really liked these stories. First, I really enjoyed this couple. Jonathon is a serious character, He works hard and struggles to make ends meet. On the other hand, Benny, is more of a pan-handler who would rather skate on his skateboard than hold down a job. Benny has an innocence to him in which I really liked. He also has a tendency, okay MORE than a tendency to get into to trouble and Jonathon bails him out time and time again.
I liked the dynamics between them and the strong emotional and physical pull they had together. These were quick reads and on each story, I really hoped they’d continue to work through all of the things life threw their way to find their happy ending.
Because these stories were originally on an anthology, there are spaces of time between each one. This left me wanting more. I do wish it had been one story instead of several. In some ways I felt lost, especially in the last one, and it kept Benny and Jonathon’s story from flowing smoothly. BUT I still enjoyed reading about them, I just wish there had been more about them.
Bus Stories is a sexy, quick read any fan of Sean Michael will enjoy reading. I loved this couple and really liked the back-story and inspiration Mr. Michael had when he created them. (It’s in the acknowledgement) What they have is sweet together and I couldn’t help but wish for more.
Reviewed By: Gabbi