What if you could hear the words behind the words?
Brad Weston’s life seems perfect. He’s GQ handsome, the chief of staff for a Republican California state senator, and enjoys the power and the promise of a bright future. And he’s in a comfortable relationship with his boyfriend of six years, Alex.
Sam Fuller is Brad’s young blond blue-eyed intern, fresh out of college, running from a bad breakup, and questioning his choices and his new life in politics. To make things worse, Sam also has a thing for the boss, but Brad is already taken.
While looking for a gift for his boyfriend, Brad wanders into a curiosity shop and becomes fascinated by an old wooden medallion. Brad's not a superstitious man, but when he takes out the medallion in his office, he sees the world in a whole new light.
And nothing will ever be the same.
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Whimsical & Charming, but Needed More!
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
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Approximately half of the model's face and bust are shown in the foreground while a Capitol Building style building is faded as the backdrop. Catchy font and color for the title. Author's name is nearly missed. Synopsis is intriguing, despite the fact that I do not read Paranormal, Supernatural, SciFi or Fantasy... this sounds rather charming.
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POV ~> Third Person
Brad is a Chief of Staff for one of California's Republican Senators. Sam has been his intern for the past five months or so.
While on lunch, Brad planned on buying a gift for his boyfriend for their six-year anniversary, which was the next day. He discovered a shop he'd never noticed before, despite walking the same route numerous times each day, every work day. Inside, he was drawn to an ancient carved-wood medallion, a medallion that turned out to be charmed. Brad began to hear the untold truths behind the spoken words of those around him and was surprised to learn some of the things that were really going on. Sam noticed that Brad was off-center and was determined to be a friend to the man, regardless of Brad trying to push him away. The majority of the story only spanned three days, but there were the implied several months of working together and the shared experience of being cheated on to help the men have something more in common. As with most short stories, it was difficult to feel a bond between the characters or find the dynamics in the plot. This was no different. It went from Brad barely acknowledging Sam's existence to proclaiming love and moving in together. I'm assuming, given the new jobs and time it took to procure a new residence that some time elapsed, but no time frame was really given.
Regardless, the main characters were likable and the plot had potential. It could definitely have used a little beefing up, maybe another 100 pages would've been good to build their relationship a little more.
There was the slightest hint of a whimsical, charming magic at play and a few bigoted slurs within the story, but outside of that, it made for a light contemporary quick read.
Rating: [PG-13] ~ Score: 3.825 ~ Stars: 4
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