Howie has been pining after Jackson, who comes into the coffee shop where Howie works every day to write. But Jackson has been completely oblivious to all of Howie’s flirting. Howie just wants someone to love him, and he thinks Jackson could be the one, but Jackson never gives him the time of day.
Until the moment when Jackson stands up for Howie and finally gets up the nerve to ask out the cute barista he’s been wanting for a while. Howie and Jackson fall into an easy relationship, and it turns out they are just as perfect for each other as Howie thought.
I love short stories, so when I read the blurb for this one, I was quick to pick it up. But, unfortunately, this story did not work for me. While both the MCs are cute and there’s a nice opposites attract feeling here, this story was far too underdeveloped to work.
The premise is great, and as I said, both MCs are adorable. Howie has been lusting over Jackson, and he really wants to find the man who can love him forever. Jackson is shy and reserved, and it takes some time for him to get the nerve to ask Howie out. This should have been right up my alley.
But sadly, there was hardly any development at all here. There was far too much telling instead of showing going on, and it kept me removed from the story. Instead of being told they went on their first date and had a good time, I would have much preferred to have seen them going on their first date and having a good time. This is only one example, but it happens time and again in this story.
What really worked against this story for me was the instaneous trust, divulging of pasts, and love that seemed to come out of nowhere. I don’t have a problem with love at first sight, but I need to be able to feel it from the characters. This didn’t happen here. I have no idea what drew them together, and I certainly don’t know why they were declaring their love after only a few days.
So all in all, this story was a total miss for me. The cute characters and premise wasn’t enough to make this story work. In the end, I’d have to recommend you give this story a pass.