Book Reviews

Wet Dream by Elizabeth Monvey at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 23-May-2022

Book Blurb

Liam Markwood has issues. When his mother dies, he gets news that he has a younger brother, disrupting his carefully controlled life. His distraction needs an outlet, so he decides to meet the sibling he never knew he had.

His brother’s uncle, however, has caught him completely off guard.

Dirk Wintersmith is a leather wearing, bike riding, tattooed bear of a man. The twinkle in his blue eyes beckons Liam. His innuendos promise nights of sensual delight. But Liam has never thought his own sexuality batted for the other team. That realization spins everything he thought about himself into chaos and he’s not sure if he’s ready to step over the crumbling walls.

 

Book Review

A “shorty”, a “quickie”, and such. These can refer to a nightgown or a hot pet and a poke in the library stacks – or as here, a brief reading experience – perhaps one to enjoy at lunch or while commuting to work. There are multiple advantages to brevity including avoidance of the reader’s extended commitment, minimal distraction, and, possibly from a writer’s point of view, the capacity to ramp up production and its accompanying rewards.

 

While surely neither Aesop nor Edgar Allen and their comrades in ink need worry, ‘Wet Dream’ is quite satisfactory in its taut brevity, and, particularly, were readers sufficiently astute as to acquire it as a free Kindle Unlimited, you made quite the coup.

 

Author Monvey displays a talent at plot and phraseology or a proper estimate of the reader’s attention. The mood is set with the opening: “Funerals should be held only on cold, rainy, miserable days.” But this in no noir mystery, rather the prompt intro to the hero, Liam’s, disestablished condition. He is full of self-pity, believing his parent’s respective toxicity and failures in their family roles (and in life) as his fault. Liam could surely be in the running for “Mr. Ennui”, being “…a forty-year-old man with mommy issues.” Liam is preternaturally depressed – or quoting the author’s handle on language, even when looking at his hot secretary “(h)is dick lay as uninterested as watching grass grow.”

 

The plot immediately turns, as Liam sets off to determine whether Avery, a distant eighteen-year-old is, surprisingly, his biologic brother. Along the way he meets Avery’s uncle, Dirk. Dirk is a motorcycle builder and repairman, a sort of porn personality in his demeanor and masculinity. Now we have quite a different tale. Dirk is turned on by Liam, who marvellously begins to imagine some gay aspects to his inner being. Here I must make two points. First, the story starts to skirt the border between silly and jerky. Second, you’ll be glad to hear, save for Biblical exegesis, no criticism should exceed the length of its subject. So – enough to know as I put down my shovel – there will be tension, and sex, and problems and more sex, and a HFN. By the way, in honor of Aesop, Liam figures himself out and determines that “Labels are overrated.”

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 85 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-January-2022
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.evernightpublishing.com/wet-dream-by-elizabeth-monvey/