Hot Weather, Matthew Haldeman-Time
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Gay Romance
Tags: Contemporary, Summer Theme, Sweet, Slow Sexy Burn
Length: 59 Pages
Reviewer: Kazza K
There’s more to summer than just hot weather.
Fresh out of college and new to the working world, John faces reality–spending the rest of his life stuck behind a desk instead of having fun in the sun with his friends. His boss is on his back, his car is breaking down, and the oppressive heat is broiling him alive. There’s no end in sight to his misery.
Tall, slender, green-eyed Keith runs the lunch shift at the local diner, an air-conditioned oasis away from what John’s life has become. Keith’s cheerful personality, constant smile and unbearably sexy body help to remind John that summer is what he makes of it. And with Keith’s cooperation, John plans on making this his best summer yet.
Well, what a good read this turned out to be. Because I’m busy I started reading this e-book thinking it was another book. I wondered what I was reading. So glad I picked it up and kept going. It was quite the surprise package.
John Manning was a college football player, a running back, but now he works in an office of a local business in the town he played football in. He may not play football anymore but he works out at the gym and he is one toned man. It’s hot, his car needs maintenance, and the nearest place to eat is Annie’s. He’s never eaten there before but he needs cold water, ice cream, air conditioning – anything cold – and Annie’s is close to the office. What he gets is a Joe-Burger, chips, lemonade, ice cream and Keith, a green-eyed, lean, sexy waiter with a ton of personality. John is intrigued. Intrigued enough to go back again to get another Joe-burger and more of Keith. Over a period of a week, while his car is in the garage, John gets to know Keith and Keith gets to know John. Keith makes it clear he doesn’t just put-out, he likes to know the man he’s going to sleep with. This has John a bit irritable but he can’t resist Keith’s sex appeal, sweetness, and overall personality. He’s hooked.
In general, Keith seemed easily entertained and positive. His near-constant smile made everything he said come across as good-natured.
Likewise, Keith is sold on John.
All of that flirting, all of that touching, there was definitely come-and-get-it all over Keith’s signals. And John was ready to get it.
Hot Weather is not long. It builds the relationship between the MCs so well and the sexual tension is a slow-ish burn – as slow as it can be in 59 pages – trust me, short or not, it smoulders. When John and Keith get together, bam! From the blowjob in the car to the final words it rocks the sex out. Before that, and during, the relationship is skilfully built. Throughout the book there is this nostalgic underlying tone of summers past. John thinks about his childhood when everything seemed so much more fun – chasing fireflies, running under sprinklers, going to the beach, friends mucking around, no responsibilities and the weather is a reason to celebrate rather than a reason to be hot and bothered. Twenty year old Keith is positive about a whole lot.
Well written short that is sexy, fun, sweet, nostalgic, and good reading for any page count. I liked the MCs a whole lot, I needed ice reading it. Highly recommended for those who like a bit of a build but good sex as well. This is sweet ‘n’ sexy writing with characters who make you feel something for them. Who you want to see together. 4.5 Stars!