Just-You Eyes

Just You Eyes Part of the First Time For Everything Daily Dose collectionElliot didn t know that offering to help his sister get over her broken love affair would mean attending a speed dating evening at the l

  • Title: Just-You Eyes
  • Author: Clare London
  • ISBN: 9781613720301
  • Page: 174
  • Format: ebook
  • Part of the First Time For Everything Daily Dose 2011 collectionElliot didn t know that offering to help his sister get over her broken love affair would mean attending a speed dating evening at the local hotel in their quaint English town Obviously, as a gay man, he s not the target group, and there s nothing for him there except cheap wine and uncomfortable chairs ButPart of the First Time For Everything Daily Dose 2011 collectionElliot didn t know that offering to help his sister get over her broken love affair would mean attending a speed dating evening at the local hotel in their quaint English town Obviously, as a gay man, he s not the target group, and there s nothing for him there except cheap wine and uncomfortable chairs But when hotel manager Alexsy sits down opposite him and offers an evening of a very different kind than Elliot expected, Elliot s tempted to try something for the very first time in his life the tantalizing adventure of a one night stand.

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    1. Full review published at Reviews by Jessewave.Dragged with apathy by his sister Effie to the local inn for this month’s speed-dating night, Elliot doesn’t expect much more than a few friendly conversations with locals he’s known all his life and a drink or two. Not much ever happens in the West Country, and though his sister is excited about the night out to meet someone new after her recent break-up, Elliot is just tagging along to support his sister and her fear that not enough men will [...]

    2. This is one of the longer stories in the Dreamspinner Daily Dose series, and begins with a rather disheartening scene at a speed dating event where Elliot, an openly gay man, is fumbling through a number of experiences with women who know he’s gay, as his sister did not want to attend on her own. After a couple of folks drop out, he’s left alone and begins chatting with a manager sent from HQ in London to oversee things. After a crisis with her sister and her ex, he agrees to have a drink wi [...]

    3. I liked this story about two men who have a one-night stand - which turns out to be unusual for each of them, though for very different reasons.Elliot is shy and somewhat inexperienced, a little withdrawn and settled in his ways. The unexpected adventure of meeting Alexsy shakes him up and he decides to go for a one-night stand - something he has never done before. Alexsy approaches the night from the opposite end of the spectrum: he has only had one-night stands so far. What he finds is just as [...]

    4. Elliot is helping his sister out by attending a speed dating night even though he’s gay. Not to worry, most people in attendance are aware of that fact so no hard feelings. But there is a guy there, the manager of the hotel where the speed dating takes place is new and very interested in Elliot.After everyone leaves, Elliot and the manager, Alexsy, talk. Elliot is all about relationships and Alexsy has never had one. They decide after some brandy to explore things between them. When the night [...]

    5. Lovely, gentle story about two men who meet at a hotel event and share a one night stand. Chock full of emotion with a delightful pairing. My only complaint was the abrupt ending which left me wanting more. Other than that, this was a great short to read when you want something relaxing and romantic.

    6. Elliot agrees to a Date Night at a hotel in the small town he lives in. The town is so small, most people know he’s gay and that going to a het dating night for him means more of a social thing than the actual dating aspect. He went because someone dropped out and the male numbers needed to be even. Elliot was bored, wanted to be anywhere but there, and if he looked at his watch one more time someone might notice and think him rude. The bell going off, signalling the end of each round, couldn [...]

    7. This was part of a “First Time for Everything” package at Dreamspinner Press, a compilation of daily doses, those short stories/novellas you can easily read in one day, maybe right before bed, like I did. Just-You Eyes is actually a long novella, that is good, moreover considering it spans only 1 day (and half a day of recap) in the life of the two men, Elliot and Aleksy; that means there is plenty of building up and chatting between the two men before they end in be (but they WILL end in be [...]

    8. I usually enjoy Clare London's stories, but this time I couldn't connect to either protagonist - Elliot was just too awkward and Alexsy too much of a player for my taste. Their conversation before they end up in bed together frustrated me to no end. I get why this was done, but it simply couldn't hold my attention and I drifted away too many times. In the end, I was glad that their one-night stand affected both men and changed their perspectives - motivated Elliot to look for different experienc [...]

    9. Great characters in a realistic set-up that plays out to a very satisfying ending. It's difficult to tackle a short story from the beginning of the relationship without resorting to insta-love, but this pulls it off beautifully. The peripheral characters are engaging, too, but the main characters are what will make you want to re-read.

    10. I liked Elliot and Alexsy a lot. Things were pretty awkward between them, which is probably more realistic than most romances. But by the end of the story there was a real hope for a future between them.

    11. Very good m/m romance about a guy, accompanying his sister to a heterosexual speed dating night to even out the numbers of men and women, who meets a hotel employee and has an uncharacteristic one-night stand.

    12. Truly romantic well developed short novella about one-night stand with great HEA outcome. Elliot and Alexsy were interesting characters and their one-night stand was beautifully written. I really enjoyed this short story and wouldn't mind reading more about this couple!

    13. This a beautifully slow burning story, with Elliot and Alexsy getting to know each other over the course of an evening. Most of the novella consists of their conversation and Elliot's wry observations about small town life when observing the dramas of a speed dating event. I particularly loved this aspect, as I think Clare captured perfectly the way us small town, rural types can feel when faced with those from the city - somewhat gauche, yet fiercely defensive of the culture and diversity in ou [...]

    14. I usually love Clare London's but this one was justh. I couldn't get into it all, much less care about either of the MCs, Elliot and Alexsy. It started off good, but then the scene just dragged on. The conversations between the MCs were frustrating to me because they were so awkward. I couldn't understand why certain lines ticked off one or the other MC and then I just got bored. I soldiered on, though because Clare London is a brilliant writer, but I found myself skimming through to the end. Di [...]

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