Not Afraid is an interracial short story set in small town Missouri, about decades-long acquaintances who became lovers. Gus is a hardware store owner who has been hiding his sexuality from the town because being a black gay man in a rural town in MISSOURI could ruin his life. Leigh, his younger white lover, doesn't want to hide their relationship anymore from the town. The longer they keep their relationship secret the more Leigh is getting frustrated and restless.
The premise to Not Afraid was interesting enough. The execution of the story, despite a few kinks, works well. I liked the character development, world building, and quick dialog. I could have happily lived without the somewhat quirky grandmother who somehow uses modern slang properly, but that is just a small nitpick with an otherwise good story.
Not Afraid is a fun, sexy and quick read that I readily recommend.
Raleigh Hewes has known Augustus Rains his whole life, and for the past year they’ve been lovers. They’ve kept it a secret because Gus is afraid of what people will say. Not only are they a gay couple in a small town but he is black and Raleigh is white. Raleigh wants to be out and proud, but Gus is concerned since both their businesses revolve around the local market.
After an argument, Raleigh has doubts that their love can last because he’s tired of hiding their relationship. When a storm sweeps over his farm, he’s caught in the eye of a tornado, and Gus races frantically to find the man he loves.
The danger has put into perspective his fears and Gus decides not to be afraid anymore. He just hopes it’s not too late to lay claim to Raleigh’s heart.