Rating: 3.5 stars
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Ken is a uni student manning video surveillance cameras for a mall as his summer job, and he’s beginning to crack up, just a bit. As a film studies major, Ken’s always imagining what sort of Hollywood catastrophe could befall him, or the shops he watches, and it’s kind of funny.
Naturally, he’s confused and freaked out when he spies one waiter who continues to make eyes at one of his cameras whenever the man takes a break out back. Does the man know he’s being watched? Is this a kink? Ken wonders. And he scans the monitors every evening to see what sort of a show the lithe man plans to offer. When it goes beyond flirting, Ken doesn’t know what to think, but meeting the man in person isn’t the answer to the questions his imagination has cooked up.
This is a short story that has a fun premise. I liked the meeting, and I liked how all that went, right up until they go on a date. I don’t want to give more away, mostly because the story is so short that there’s not a lot of conflict. Ken’s biggest issues are getting out of his own head and the resolution is rather quick and sweet. This is a fast read and one I mostly enjoyed. I felt like I was in Ken’s head and it was a comfortable place to be, as I dug all his pop culture movie references. That said, I couldn’t really get why he was so frustrated over his waiter’s shenanigans, so that detracted from my enjoyment. In all, I’d have liked a little bit more to the story, to add a bit more tension and a more reasonable conflict.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.