Voice actor Harry Moore is starting over in his life, and part of that is redoing his home office so that he has his own sound studio. He’s contracted the job with Diego Ramos, who came highly recommended. But he’s surprised when Diego himself shows up to head up the job. Harry started crushing on the man when they first met, and it only grows as he continues to see him as the studio and office get remodeled. When Diego catches Harry right out of the shower in a towel, things begin to change. Diego makes the first move, and then the two men start getting to know each other better, waiting for the job to be complete so they can start dating. And when the studio is done, they don’t waste time, knowing that their connection is the basis for something much more.
The title of this short story says it all. This is a nice, sweet story of two men meeting and beginning a relationship. There’s heat and sweet, and I really enjoyed it. The author manages to pack a lot of story into a small number of words, and it feels complete. Would I have liked to spend a little more time with this guys? Absolutely. But overall, it was well done.
Harry is the POV character and he’s the one that starting over. It’s been a year since he became single, and he’s finally at the place where he can pick himself up and start over. I liked that we got to see moments of vulnerability from him, but that on the whole he was strong and ready to start fresh. I really felt his attraction to Diego, and I liked the way it built over the time they spent together. We got to know Diego pretty well too, seeing him through Harry’s eyes and getting to know him through their conversation. I really appreciated that the conversation felt real, and nothing felt like exposition here.
The pacing was great, and everything moved along and evolved at a natural rate. I definitely was right there with the guys as they move from acquaintances into more. I have to admit, though, that I wanted more of these guys at the end. I didn’t need a lot more, but a little something extra to really show them settling in to life together would have been nice. As it is, I would classify this as an HFN ending, with the definite possibility of forever.
Really, it was a great little short, and the perfect lunch break read. I enjoyed the easy feel, the good pace, and the great characters. If you’re looking for a quick, happy read, then this one is definitely for you.