Title: Secui Domus
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Length: Novella (65 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Publishing (March 5th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: When their college dorms are shut down, Aiden and his best friend, Bobby, find themselves without a roof over their heads. Rather than face leaving school, they take up temporary residence in their local gay-friendly bar, FUBAR, along with a handful of other down-on-their-luck students.
Faced with the possibility of being expelled if they don’t secure permanent housing, the boys hatch a plot to put on a strip show to earn the cash necessary to bring a donated house up to code, and establish themselves as a fraternity on campus.
In the midst of preparing for the big show, things get complicated when Aiden realizes his feelings for Bobby go deeper than mere friendship-with-benefits.
Originally published in the anthology Kegs and Dorms.
Product Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4142
Review: This was a difficult one to pin down a rating. I liked it, but I didn’t love. The story is both sweet and sexy and unconventional. I really wanted to get more involved with the story, but something wasn’t quite there to keep my attention captured.
It is the story of college kids using their ingenuity to somehow stay in classes and find a new place to live when they lose their on campus housing. Aiden and Bobby, the two students spearheading the scheme at one of the local gay bars called FUBAR, have been friends for a couple of years through their previous job that helped them pay the bills. FUBAR is owned by an ex-marine called Hank, who has also an intriguing story to tell.
The main storyline featuring Bobby and Aiden is entertaining and the ending is quite pleasing. We are also given a glimpse at a number of characters from their classes that had also resided in the dorms, but are a bit fleeting in some cases. However, as I just said, Hank the bar owner has an even more intriguing story. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Hank as his background is uncovered and quickly his past catches up with him.
But quite honestly, I was left wanting to know more about Hank and his man, even with the loose ends tied up at the end of the story.
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