Give And Take [MultiFormat]
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eBook by Anne Brooke
eBook Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
eBook Description: David has spent two years grieving for the loss of his partner to cancer. When he decides to move on, he visits a gay bar for the sole purpose of hooking up with someone--in spite of his concerns that as he's in his mid-forties, he might be too old. There he meets Jeff, a young barman, and after dancing and making out with other men, he realizes that Jeff is in fact the one he wants to take home most of all.
During his explosive evening with Jeff, David discovers a side of himself that he never knew existed. But, when the morning comes, can he persuade Jeff that their relationship may develop into more than a simple one-night stand?
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / BDSM (Light)
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Published: 2010
Fictionwise Release Date: November 2010
11 Reader Ratings:
"4 Stars!...Anne Brooke did a good job of both David's and Jeff's characterizations...I recommend Give And Take if you want to read a short story that will give you a different picture of the life of an older gay man than the romanticized swinging bachelor portrayed in most of the M/M books currently available..."--Wave, Reviews By Jessewave
"4.5 Kisses!...A concise and powerful short story...How perceptive it is, in my opinion, that this author would understand so keenly how loss and grief shape an individual within the context of a BDSM relationship...I don't think any short story has ever given me pause the way this one has. It really gave me a lot to reflect upon. Anne Brooke is a marvelous storyteller and an amazing writer, and I bet I'm still going to be digesting this thought-provoking read for days to come."--Jeff, Michele & Jeff Book Reviews
"4 Stars!...Anne Brooke creates realistic characters the reader can empathize with. David is a likable guy, and the reader is drawn to Jeff as David is. The BDSM (specifically, D/s) sex scenes are hot and satisfying. Fans of Male/Male erotica will not be disappointed by this short, but enjoyable, book."--Erin Schmidt, Rainbow Reviews
"Graded Excellent!...This was such a great little story...Unlike many stories that deal with grief, this one wasn't too heavy on the emotion--perhaps because David had done his grieving before the story began and the focus was more on making a new start. Overall a well-written story with an unusual theme of the younger man being the dominant partner."--Jenre, Well Read Blogspot
"...The story is sweet, tender, erotic and ends on a surprising note. David is a delightful character, instantly sympathetic...What separates this touching and sexy story from the predictable is the slight BDSM twist and the ending...The writing is very clean and paints a vivid picture...This is a quick, enjoyable read...Get this short. I think you'll like it..."--Kassa, Three Dollar Bill Reviews
"...A very hot little story about a bit of a role reversal that ends with a sliver of hope for more. I quite enjoyed this steamy little read."--Tam, Tam's Reads
Jeff smiled, removed his fingers from David's chin and reached behind him for something David couldn't see. When he turned around again, he held two blue cords. Dressing-gown ties, David thought.
"Take off your clothes," Jeff said and his expression now was serious. "I want to see how you look naked."
Still standing, with the light flickering over his skin, David began to undo the top buttons of his shirt. Jeff sighed, as if he'd been waiting a long time for this moment and could hardly believe it had arrived at last.
His fingers were slick with sweat and it seemed an age before David was able to slip his shirt from his shoulders. It glided to the floor, but he didn't notice it land. His eyes fixed on Jeff's as David lowered his hands to the zip on his trousers. Already his cock was hard, and when he finally let his trousers and pants drop to his feet, stepping out of them and pushing them to one side, it sprang out, quivering, the tip wet with pre-cum.
He could hardly believe it. He couldn't remember the last time he'd been this excited. Caring for Patrick had taken away everything else in life but itself and, since his partner's death, the only thing he'd felt was a terrible blankness. From instinct, he reached for himself.
"Stop it," Jeff said. "I haven't given you permission to touch your cock."
David's hand obeyed the command at once and his heart began to pattern its own irregular rhythm in his chest.
Jeff eased himself down onto the bed until he was in a sitting position opposite David. The younger man's head was at the same level as his groin and it was all David could do not to thrust himself in the direction of Jeff's mouth.
"Good," Jeff whispered. "Just do what I tell you and everything will be fine. Because obedience gets rewards. Like this."
With that, he reached forward and licked the wetness from the tip of David's cock. David groaned and arched his body, eyes closed, but the next second the contact was gone and he had to step backward to regain his balance.
"You see," Jeff said, his tone as calm as if he were doing nothing more taxing than pouring a drink, "your body's mine to do what I like with. It's not yours any more. Do you understand?"
David opened his eyes and nodded. Right now, words were beyond him. It didn't even seem like he was involved in this. Not as the man he understood himself to be. On the contrary, he felt as if someone else deep within him had taken over. He had no idea what might happen next, but he knew that whatever it was, he wanted it.
What happened was that Jeff stood up and walked slowly around him. David felt himself admired from every angle, the strength of Jeff's gaze all but blistering his skin.
"You have a very attractive body," said Jeff. "I particularly like this part of you."
With those words, David felt a finger slip between the cheeks of his arse and trail upward. He shivered, wanting to turn around and look at the man, but understood he could do nothing unless it was permitted. Not even that. The finger circled his hole, once and then again, before continuing its upward movement and then withdrawing. He groaned, already regretting its loss. Jeff made no comment. He simply continued his inspection.
Standing in front of him once more, Jeff ran a slow finger along the length of David's still quivering cock before briefly caressing his balls. David bit his lip to avoid saying the words that sprang to his tongue. Dirty words, shameless ones. What was happening to him? And why was he loving this so much?