Brady's Choice [MultiFormat]
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eBook by Anne Brooke
eBook Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Gay Fiction
eBook Description: Thirty-six-year-old potter Brady Treherne is shocked to come face-to-face with his ex-lover, Philip, during what appears to be a simple job interview. Philip was both the love of Brady's life and the man who got away, and seeing him now catapults Brady into revisiting memories he'd hoped he'd left behind.
Later that evening, Philip calls on Brady at home, and Brady finds himself having to make a choice between the man he used to love, and the new relationship he has just begun with another man.
Which man will Brady choose? And will he be able to reconcile his past with his future?
Genres: Gay / Contemporary
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Published: 2011
Fictionwise Release Date: October 2011
2 Reader Ratings:
"5 Stars!...Wow, does this story pack a punch. A wonderful example of Anne Brooke's writing style and her mastery of the short form. Anne has a way of writing a short story with the same effect that another author would use 300 pages to tell. They are effective because they're highly honed and there are no frivolous scenes, and in a medium where every word counts more than a sentence counts in a novel, the effect is that each scene, each bit of dialogue means more to the reader. The characterizations in this story are what makes the story shine after you've considered the concise writing‚?¶This is a story that I will wholeheartedly recommend to anyone and I hope that those of you who buy this story will get as much or more enjoyment out of it than I did. Definitely Recommended."--Cole, Reviews By Jessewave
"4 Stars!...Packs a punch. Brooke excels in short story format and this offering has all the hallmarks I've come to expect: good writing, developed characters, a tense situation, sensuality over explicit sex, and an unusual ending. Basically this short hits all the high points and is very entertaining to read‚?¶It's engaging, interesting, and kept me wondering what would happen. Easily recommended for contemporary romance fans."--Kassa, Three Dollar Bill Reviews
"...Brooke is a writer that you do not easily forget nor do we often get a chance to read someone who can make us think like she can. She writes with an intensity that I find refreshing and while others write erotica and about sex, Brooke's writing is sensual which to me is much more interesting. I think what really make me love this story is that it is very easy to take Brady's place and try to decide what choice to make...could not stop reading once I began and while the past is not fully explained, it adds to the mystery of the present and shows that dealing with a difficult situation is just that, very difficult. This is just another definition of how Anne Brooke makes us think and I love a writer who can do that."--Amos Lassen, Wordpress
"A 'B+' Rating!...The characters in this well-written, thought-provoking story face an emotional crisis which many readers may recognize. The author is excellent at using setting and dialogue to help the reader engage with the characters immediately, an important strategy when word count is limited. Her trademark skill draws us into Brady's life, warts and all. I really like the author's style for its delicious and sometimes dark mix of mundane domestic details with harsh emotional impact. The prose is clean and clear, a joy to read. It's a romance, although a large part of the story looks back over a failed relationship. There's sexiness, too, and a genuine feeling of Brady's passion and capacity for love...A very rewarding read that's stayed in my mind ever since, I rate it a B+."--Pettyprose, Brief Encounters Reviews
"5+ Kisses!...I think the reason this short story is so powerful is because it causes the reader to ask questions about him/herself...it is a very powerful and thought-provoking piece, perhaps one of the best I've read of 'the one that got away' theme. Anne Brooke did it again...she wowed me!"--Jeff, Michele 'n' Lisa Reviews
"...Although this is only a short it's packed with an emotional intensity and contains a very flawed first person narrator in Brady. My sympathies were with Brady for much of the book but the author was clever in the way that she allowed my sympathies for Philip to shift and change. It's not often in a first person narrative that the other character's POV is portrayed with such dexterity and I was very impressed that Philip came over as just as conflicted and flawed as Brady. The plot is character and emotion based rather than action packed and I was drawn into the story, feeling all of Brady's confusion. There was a 'what the heck are you doing?!' moment during which I thought was going to stop liking the story, but even that was handled with sensitivity. Overall a great read with strong characterisation and fluid writing. Grade: Excellent."--Jenre, Well Read Reviews
"5 Stars!...I am a fan of Anne Brooke writing in short story form and the novel length. She has a strong ability to create wonderful characters with flaws and warts that are realistic. So realistic they drew on you for sympathy, support, laughter, joy, and sadness. These are people you met in everyday life. In short story format, Anne has created a wonderful story about a man who has yet to resolve the lost of love. It is told in 1st person, which gives the readers the opportunity to experience the depth of the narrating character's viewpoint. A marvelous story."--Niciasus, Book Blog
"...Anne Brooke's ability to pack such a great deal of information in so few words is amazing...A short, but intense, story examining the issue of 'the one that got away' and portrays it in an effective, concise manner."--Lena Grey, Queer Magazine Online
I thought we'd been in love. Stupid now to think of it. I'd met him over ten years ago, when I was just twenty-six and trying to pursue a career in finance, whilst getting increasingly side-tracked by my hobby of pot-making. God knows why I'd ever imagined I could make a go of anything to do with mathematics, but my father had been keen. And, after all, it was where I'd met Philip. He'd taken my breath away at first sight, and I wasn't being a cliché as I'd really felt it hard to breathe for a few moments. It hadn't been love, not then, just something else that felt almost physical, but wasn't only lust. He'd been standing at the door of the meeting room I was heading toward, a dark-haired, rugged man with the bluest eyes I'd ever seen. Such a contrast from my own fair hair and rather too willowy physique. Opposites, I supposed, and even then I should have been warned.
He was there representing one of our clients, and I couldn't stop glancing at him, which made focusing on the presentation I was giving an uphill task. Once, I looked across at him while I was in the middle of pointing out sales trends for his aeronautical consultancy, and he smiled right at me. I think I stammered my way to the end of my moment in the spotlight after that and, as I sat back down, he winked at me.
When we left the meeting, he caught up with me and asked me out, then and there, breaking at least a dozen professional rules in the process, and not seeming to care that my colleagues were right next to me, overhearing everything. While I hesitated, feeling the weight of surprise at my back, Philip laughed.
"Don't worry," he'd said. "I won't let it affect any business relationship we have. That decision isn't entirely mine to make anyway. In this instance I'm interested in you on a personal level, Brady, so what you do say? Yes or no?"