Book Reviews

Lake Fearless 3: End of Summer Stories by Wit Talcott

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 13-October-2020

Book Blurb

The sexy and endearing summer stories that began in Lake Fearless: Summer Stories and Lake Fearless 2: Bedtime Stories conclude in this satisfying collection. After years alone on the lake, carpenter Chad finally met Evan, the sun-kissed artist, and fell in love. But what happens when Chad’s first love, his college crush, returns to the lake? For Jasper and Cody, being seventeen and transitioning from lifelong best friends to boyfriends was confusing enough. Now in their senior year of high school, they confront jealousies, try to figure out who they want to be, and whether that can mean a future together. The young visiting cowboy Tanner helped widower Walt emerge from his grief and isolation and find a new family of gay men on the lake. Walt found life again, but is he also open to the possibility of love for himself? This was the summer the gay men of “Lake Fearless” found one another, and these stories are a heartwarming end to their new beginnings.


Book Review

Stephen Sondheim, in 1975, wrote a charming and wryly humorous song entitled “I Never Do Anything Twice,” in which a singer posits avoiding ennui by assiduously resisting repetition. Yet – here I am, together with habitués of a small-town lake area. Surprisingly, given the almost reprobate character of so many current gay lit authors, these tales eschew physiologic details, providing just the most subtle hints of sex. So, dear reader, you will have to work for your hormonal jollies. Here is but an example - two of the heroes, nude and embracing in a lake: “Evan felt Chad’s attention grow behind him. He turned around in Chad’s arms. Began his own exploration with his hands, and kissed him.”  Evan eventually sits on the lake’s dock and gives “…Chad direct access to his own growing concern.”  Yes, dear reader, you may safely read this aloud to your grand mama before giving her warm milk and tucking her in.


Now, for the stories. The first concerns an adult couple, one member of which has a reunion with is adolescent crush – his first sexual experience. Mr. Talcott so gently explores the issue of jealousy and expanding the limits of ‘couple-hood.’ We are drawn into a serious, nonjudgmental discussion. Just note that, even with this premise, Mr. Talcott does not abandon his PG rating, though we might wonder whether the tale has a moral, is merely ironic (ala O’Henry), or is simply anecdotal and a little annoying!        


The second entry concerns Jasper and Chad, two young men at the cusp of maturity, discovering love and relationship. As would be fully expected with youth, there is a touch of angst attendant to their growing up. The final story, preserving the author’s ecumenical approach, is a paean to maturity and memory – and very nicely done.


So – in summary, put off the one-handed read for now, grab ‘Lake Fearless 3’ with both hands and let grand mama know it is bedtime!


Note: While ‘Lake Fearless 3’ will be touted as a stand-alone work, I have but recently read the prior two related emanations and, at best, this ultimate volume at least leans on them. There are references to earlier characters and events which, while not essential to this current read, might increase the reader’s enjoyment.    





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 104 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-September-2020
Price $0.99 ebook, $4.99 paperback
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