Title: Tangled Web
Author: S.A. Ozment
Length: Short Story (56 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 18th 2016)
Heat Level: What’s that? (Nil)
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3.25 Hearts
Blurb: By day Ashley Stevens is a dedicated nurse; by night he runs multiple social media sites for his crush and all-time favorite actor, Sebastian Gray. After a particularly grueling day at work, Ashley drinks away his misery while dreaming about being with Sebastian—only to realize it’s no dream when Sebastian actually contacts him.
Sebastian asks him to officially run his sites and Ashley is thrilled—right up until Sebastian makes it clear that he thinks Ashley is a girl. And maybe it’s the wine, or maybe it’s a fear that if Sebastian knew the truth, he wouldn’t want him, but Ashley never sets him straight. But keeping the secret becomes a nightmare as Ashley and Sebastian talk online night after night, forging a true connection. And the longer Ashley waits to tell the truth, the more tangled the lies become.
A plane ticket from Sebastian along with an invitation to meet in New York City for a fan event brings it all to a head. Ashley must face Sebastian and tell all, but he might not be the only one keeping secrets.
Review: Cute short story about Ashley, an ER nurse who’s fan-girling all over Sebastian Gray, an up and coming actor. Ashley’s very dedicated and has started a few fan pages for Sebastian in order to help him become more famous. When Ashley and Sebastian start talking over Facebook messenger, Ashley is on cloud nine; even though he’s disappointed that Sebastian thinks he’s a woman, he doesn’t bother to correct him and plays along, because this contact with Sebastian is too important to risk by telling the truth.
Ashley and Sebastian become very close; they become friends who confide in each other, who trust each other and develop feelings for each other. When Sebastian wants to meet Ashley in person, Ashley knows his time is up and the truth is about to be revealed. I won’t go into further detail because I don’t want to spoil the story, but let’s just say that this would’ve been perfect as a full length novel. I loved the chats between them and there was real potential to this story if only it wasn’t so short.
Regardless, this was a nice short story with no steam at all, but the cuteness factor is very high.