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Tired of moping around after the breakup of his long term girlfriend, Ryan knew he needed a hookup to get him out of his funk. When he met Drea, he hoped she might be the one. But when he felt more chemistry with her gay cousin Zach, Ryan felt more confused and terrified than he had in his life. He wasn't gay but he wanted to be with Zach. How could it possibly work?
More than Friends is a short story, in which Ryan figures out he might like guys a lot more than he previously thought.
More than Friends is quite well written, but I had a little trouble with Ryan’s complete turn-about that happened so quickly. At the beginning of the story, he’s a little sad because he and his girlfriend Brooke broke up, so he kind of hooks up with a girl in a bar, and comes with her to her cousin’s, Zach, place. He falls asleep on the coach, while she goes into a bedroom all alone. The next day, he is invited back to Zach’s for a party, and he is a little uneasy about the way Zach watches him.
It takes a little while before Ryan realizes Zach is gay, and while he doesn’t really mind that Zach likes guys, he is still a little uneasy about it. More than Friends then explores the relationship between Ryan and Zach, and it is quite apparent that Ryan actually liked Zach a lot more than he thought he would. And I’m sure this is something that can happen in real life, too. However, what I had a little trouble with is that on the first evening they spent alone together, they not only make out, but have sex, too. For a guy who wasn’t even a little curious about guys before, and who was uneasy when he found out Zach was gay, Ryan’s turnabout felt too sudden! There was no thinking about how it could be that his relationship with Brooke maybe had failed because she was a girl, and maybe he was into boys. There was no mention of him ever actually recognizing that a guy could be good-looking before he met Zach, either.
The story More than Friends is still cute, though, and it is also well written. Third person point of view in past tense worked well, as I got to see both what Ryan and Zach were thinking and feeling. The character development, and the change from completely straight to completely gay was too rushed for me to actually believe in it, though.
But if he had to come up with a list of what he was attracted to, there were just a few things that were non-negotiable. Good sense of humor was definitely at the top of his list.
In truth, Ryan was horny as fuck and would have probably done just about anyone who was willing to spread their legs for him. But he didn’t have the balls to just walk up to a chick and buy her a drink.
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