Author: John Amory
Length: Short Story (13 pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press (September 18th 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Steven is used to working from home and setting his own schedule, so fulfilling his civic duty by participating in jury duty is getting on his last nerve. But on the morning the trial is set to begin, Steven catches the eye of an adorable bailiff named Mike. A chance meeting at lunch gets the two men talking, and they realize they have more in common than they thought. Their half hour of bonding is interrupted, however, by an unspeakable act. Mike will prove to his fellow officers that being gay doesn’t make him any less of a man, and Steven will learn that there are far worse things to endure than jury duty.
Review: Wow, this was a fast and furious read. Jury duty is something I’m not familiar with, but hell if I haven’t seen too many movies/TV-series with them featuring there.
I liked this story; Steven is called to jury duty and he’s so grumpy that he got the “honor” I couldn’t stop chuckling there for a while. Not only does he have to wake up and present himself at the courthouse at 9 a.m. but also he has to like it? Nah, not Steven!
But while he expects to be losing his time there for a week or so life has other plans for him. First comes Mike to rock his day and render him speechless. As his mind is consumes with fantasies about Mike, a most unexpected shocking thing happens that has Steven reeling.
I found this read a bit too short. It was only 13 pages, but the way the events followed backed with the nice writing I completely inhaled this story, reaching the end and looking at the bold letters for a while. It was good, it was very good, but it left me wanting more as there was no real romantic part except for a light flirt and the exchange of phone numbers. I made me wish for a bit more romance there.
However, it was a nice short and I’d recommend it to people who like the “don’t-make-plans-for-life’ll-throw-em-away” idea.