Bastards And Pretty Boys

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Bastards And Pretty Boys

Charlie is, for the most part, at a good point in his life.  He has a cottage by the lake where he is staying for now, he is best friends with his ex-wife (who he divorced because he couldn't live a lie anymore) and he feels as if he can breathe again.

The only dark spot on the horizon is Kenneth, the man Charlie has been in a relationship with for the past five months (as of the story's timeline).  Charlie has doubts as to whether or not he wants to continue the relationship and Kenneth puts the metaphoric nail in the coffin with a confession he makes.  With it, Charlie knows that the relationship is at end and he needs to figure out how to break it to Kenneth - who has a tendency to be very possessive.

Charlie is going to use the time he will be spending at the cabin to figure a few things out, as well as try to relax and maybe overcome his fear of the water.  And finds a distraction in his good looking neighbor, Booker, who comes with his own set of somewhat malodorous baggage.  Will things work out for the two of them? Or will the baggage that both come with overwhelm them?

Bastards and Pretty Boys is a novella about good and bad relationships and what the timing it takes to know when to get rid of the ballast and when to unfurl the sails and go forward.  It is about trust and sharing and also knowing that, as bad as things can seem, they aren't that bad when there is the right person to share them with.  A very good read indeed.

Book Blurb for Bastards And Pretty Boys

M/M Contemporary

Book Length: Novella

Charles Larkin is finally happy with his life…for the most part. He’s happy with his new summer getaway—a rustic cottage he just bought on a small Wisconsin lake. He’s happy that his ex-wife, whom he divorced because he couldn’t play straight anymore, has become one of his best friends. He’s happy he can breathe again.

It’s only Kenneth, Charlie’s boyfriend of five months, who makes this new life less than completely satisfying. Charlie feels they’ve never been quite right for each other, and Kenneth cements that conviction when he makes a disturbing confession. Charlie knows their time together is quickly coming to an end. Problem is, Kenneth doesn’t know it. And he tends to be rather possessive.

Planning to spend a quiet, relaxing two or three weeks at Cloud Lake—fixing up his place, reading, even attempting to overcome his fear of water—Charlie is less than thrilled to discover his next-door neighbor is one hell of a looker. He doesn’t need that kind of distraction, especially since his issues with Kenneth haven’t yet been resolved. But there’s a ninety percent chance the neighbor is straight, has a wife or girlfriend, and could be leaving the next day. Charlie clings to those probabilities.

Only, Booker isn’t going anywhere, and he isn’t that easily ignored. And neither is his unexpected, none-too-savory baggage. And neither, for that matter, is Charlie's. But when two people care enough about each other, they figure out how to help carry each other's baggage…or cast it aside.

This novella explores good and bad relationships. It just happens to feature men who enjoy having sex with each other.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2009 4.50