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Dear Author, He arrived this morning. With his gentle smile, his soothingly low, confident voice, and a sort of feline grace and nonchalance, he calmly won everyone over, very quickly. Me? Cant say Im a people person. So unlike the new guy there, I dont do crowds, or friendly chit chat. I was even told once youre lucky youre cute (oh boohoo, like I cared what they thought. Dear Author, He arrived this morning. With his gentle smile, his soothingly low, confident voice, and a sort of feline grace and nonchalance, he calmly won everyone over, very quickly. Me? Can’t say I’m a people person. So unlike the new guy there, I don’t do crowds, or friendly chit chat. I was even told once “you’re lucky you’re cute” (oh boohoo, like I cared what they thought. Only my friends get to know the real me). Still, couldn’t he at least notice me??? Wait… that came out wrong. I’m not into men. I just haven’t found the right woman yet, that’s all. I’m not looking at his dishevelled hair, or at his strong arms that could so easily pin me against the wall and… WHOA! I did not just think that. And I’m not still looking at him, like a mor— He’s staring right back at me. Blatantly. And with his gaze now burning with both amusement and lustful hunger, he looks like a cat who found his prey. Except I’m no defenceless mouse. He may be stirring all kinds of scary feelings in me, I’m never ever going to act on them. He’ll give up long before I do. So Dear Author, how does this feisty mouse get caught? Photo Description: An adorable young man shyly hides his mouth behind his hand. His dark, spiky hair and three days’ beard growth contrast with his amazing green-gray eyes. Maybe he’s flirting, maybe he’s considering his next move. This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.


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Dear Author, He arrived this morning. With his gentle smile, his soothingly low, confident voice, and a sort of feline grace and nonchalance, he calmly won everyone over, very quickly. Me? Cant say Im a people person. So unlike the new guy there, I dont do crowds, or friendly chit chat. I was even told once youre lucky youre cute (oh boohoo, like I cared what they thought. Dear Author, He arrived this morning. With his gentle smile, his soothingly low, confident voice, and a sort of feline grace and nonchalance, he calmly won everyone over, very quickly. Me? Can’t say I’m a people person. So unlike the new guy there, I don’t do crowds, or friendly chit chat. I was even told once “you’re lucky you’re cute” (oh boohoo, like I cared what they thought. Only my friends get to know the real me). Still, couldn’t he at least notice me??? Wait… that came out wrong. I’m not into men. I just haven’t found the right woman yet, that’s all. I’m not looking at his dishevelled hair, or at his strong arms that could so easily pin me against the wall and… WHOA! I did not just think that. And I’m not still looking at him, like a mor— He’s staring right back at me. Blatantly. And with his gaze now burning with both amusement and lustful hunger, he looks like a cat who found his prey. Except I’m no defenceless mouse. He may be stirring all kinds of scary feelings in me, I’m never ever going to act on them. He’ll give up long before I do. So Dear Author, how does this feisty mouse get caught? Photo Description: An adorable young man shyly hides his mouth behind his hand. His dark, spiky hair and three days’ beard growth contrast with his amazing green-gray eyes. Maybe he’s flirting, maybe he’s considering his next move. This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

30 review for Poetry & Engineering

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Is it just me? That wasn't very well written. It was actually a little confusing at times. It took 20 pages to try and remotely understand the characters and the situation. By the time the book ended I still hadn't connected with the MC's. What a shame.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Woods

    Think I have to go against the norm here. I enjoyed this short story. Thom fell in lust with his first sighting of Alec. When he finally gets his chance to work with him for a week, and finds out that Alec is currently homeless, he takes advantage and invites him to stay with him. The two use the time to get to know each other, and allows Alec time to explore thisnew craving. The kitten sidekick is cute, adding a bit of humor to the tale. Sweet, no sex, HFN, oh, and gay and Jewish (yeah!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bárbara

    Incredibly sweet and fluffy. Also cat shennanigans, and delicious slowburn. So much yes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    2,5 stars As in compensation for the overly long and meandering Falling Off the Face of the Earth, which I read last, this story was succinct to a fault. It's like bare bones of a story. Very good bones, but still - almost no meat. I mean, there's an intro of sorts, an ending and key scenes and conversations in between. It becomes quite jarring closer to the end - felt like I was reading selected snippets instead of a complete book. The prompt wasn't really followed closely, but both guys are still 2,5 stars As in compensation for the overly long and meandering Falling Off the Face of the Earth, which I read last, this story was succinct to a fault. It's like bare bones of a story. Very good bones, but still - almost no meat. I mean, there's an intro of sorts, an ending and key scenes and conversations in between. It becomes quite jarring closer to the end - felt like I was reading selected snippets instead of a complete book. The prompt wasn't really followed closely, but both guys are still interesting. I mostly liked what I've read, and some parts were really good, I just needed more. Oh, and bonus points for both MCs drinking tea instead of coffee (well, in bags, but I guess you can't have everything). Too often it feels like entire American population, except old ladies and small children, is living on IV drip of coffee, which is a bit saddening for a tea-lover like me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Another 'gay for you' story. Yes it was called for in the prompt. I never find them convincing. There was a cute kitten and friendship between the two men that were the best features of the story. Some of the word choices felt awkward to me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katy Beth Mckee

    A short but funny story of deciding what you want.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    i liked it. but there were noticeable flaws. alec's pov is written in the 3rd person, while thom's pov is written in the 1st person. confusing especially since Alec is the character who is talking in the prompt. the sex (view spoiler)[while at a non-bed location, passed by without me noticing the first time I was reading, it was that short, and kind of anti-climatic. like the sex dream had more detail & was hotter than the actual act. (hide spoiler)] The author did OK, but like Thom, needs to i liked it. but there were noticeable flaws. alec's pov is written in the 3rd person, while thom's pov is written in the 1st person. confusing especially since Alec is the character who is talking in the prompt. the sex (view spoiler)[while at a non-bed location, passed by without me noticing the first time I was reading, it was that short, and kind of anti-climatic. like the sex dream had more detail & was hotter than the actual act. (hide spoiler)] The author did OK, but like Thom, needs to expand on detailing. I liked it, so 3 stars, but I could easily see giving this 2 stars if I didn't.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (not Lily)

    A solid 3 stars. Yes, there were times it was confusing which of them were talking or thinking, but it helped to realize that one MC was always in first person and the other always in third person. I liked the concise character development, great location descriptions, and empathy for both MCs feelings. Got 16 pages in, fell asleep, then had to start at the beginning again when I woke up, but it hangs together well if read in one sitting. Nice little story, and I absolutely loved the last A solid 3 stars. Yes, there were times it was confusing which of them were talking or thinking, but it helped to realize that one MC was always in first person and the other always in third person. I liked the concise character development, great location descriptions, and empathy for both MCs feelings. Got 16 pages in, fell asleep, then had to start at the beginning again when I woke up, but it hangs together well if read in one sitting. Nice little story, and I absolutely loved the last paragraph!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ameena

    Thanks to the author for the effort and participating in this event and offering this freebie. 1.5 Stars. In the beginning I couldn't understand or get into the story and when I started to I couldn't connect with the characters and the whole plot felt confusing (view spoiler)[I mean that scene with the cougar came out of nowhere (hide spoiler)] and the story felt flat to me and the writing wasn't very good, I didn't enjoy this at all :(.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Sadly this just couldn't decide what it wanted to do or what the characters were trying to achieve.....it felt very rushed and confused in a number of places, so the plot didn't flow and I struggled to connect with Alex and Thom. Even though it finished with an epilogue, it didn't manage to achieve any closure. Unhappy read :(

  11. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Awkward. That's really the best word I can use to describe this story. It wasn't bad, just awkward. The writing was awkward, the characters were awkward, and the whole situation was awkward. The premise was cute though, and the way they acted with the kitten was adorable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I just couldn't get into this story, I found myself having to go back to the beginning quite often to remind myself who was who.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roro

    3.5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chavon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suz

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pari Negi

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vera

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bookbee

  19. 4 out of 5

    A.L.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  21. 5 out of 5

    pkczetalife

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donald

  23. 5 out of 5

    cmbookdiva

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gulkonoth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rivka

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janeylou

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kali

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laure

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