Rating: 4.25 stars
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Length: Novella

Sam has always had a crush on his best friend Ellie’s dad, Dean. Now that Ellie’s gone off to university, Sam figures he won’t have much chance to see Dean anymore. Not wanting to work at a gas station for the rest of his life, Sam decides he wants to take his A Level exams. Ellie has told him he can borrow her text books, and that means he can go to Dean’s place. Because it’s crowded and loud at Sam’s house, Dean offers his house as a quiet place for Sam to study because his late night shift as a paramedic will give Sam the peace he needs,.

One night, Sam decides to reward himself with a little television and stumbles on a DVD Dean has in his player. It’s a season of a show called Gears and Tears and Sam’s an instant fan. Dean loans him the discs and even invites Sam over every Saturday to watch season two. Through the thirteen episodes, Sam and Dean grow a little closer. Can Sam convince Dean to look past their age difference and convince him they have a future together?

I love May/December romance stories, and I really enjoyed this one. It wasn’t a long read, but it had a nice, slow burn and build up. I think the word that best describes Tears and Gears is “charming.” There was no conflict to speak of, unless you count Dean’s insistence he was old. Both Sam and Dean were good men. I liked how Sam wanted to better himself, and Dean’s devotion to his job and patients was admirable and a great character trait.

I think the use of the television show as a way for Sam and Dean to bond was an excellent idea. It’s nothing I’ve seen before, and I’m always impressed when I get to read something unique. It’s also where that slow burn I mentioned comes into play…thirteen episodes, thirteen weeks to enjoy meals together and get to know each other better. There’s the underlying attraction, but Sam feels it’s one sided. Fortunately, it’s not, and I loved how the author chose to wait to make them become intimate.

Speaking of intimate, there was only one sex scene, but boy, it’s a good one! Hot and sexy, but also sweet and very natural. There was just enough detail to steam up my Kindle, but it wasn’t over the top. Sam and Dean have a great chemistry and it shows. In fact, more than the actual sex, I enjoyed their romantic words to each other…not flowery, purple prose, but genuine. Here’s an example:

“I want to spend time with you. I want to hear about your day and tell you about mine. I want you to touch me, and kiss me, and back me up the stairs to your room. I want to watch TV shows with you, and scoff at your rubbish taste in music, and eat pizza, and us to cook each other meals. I don’t want you to be my best friend’s dad anymore. I want you to be mine, the same way I’m yours.”

My heart melted, and I could actually picture the look on Sam’s face as he poured his heart out to Dean. Then there’s this:

“I want you like crazy, Sam.” Dean looked at Sam’s lips, breathed deep, then pulled his gaze back up to Sam’s eyes. “But it’s not just that. I want you here, I want to talk to you and listen to you. I get home, and I know you’ve been here. I see your coffee cup washed up on the draining board or see a pen you’ve forgotten, and it fills me with such longing.”


The end was perfect. Absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t have been happier. It left me with a pleasant warm feeling and a smile. The only thing that would have made this story better would be if it was longer so I could have had more of these lovely men. I highly recommend this one. It’s a nice way to spend an hour or two, and you’ll be left feeling satisfied and happy. Definitely pick this one up.