Title: The One That I Want; Hopelessly Devoted
Author: RJ Jones
Genre: Gay Romance, Musical
Length: Short Stories
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
The One That I Want
Jason escapes into the magic of a Broadway play every weekend. Musicals always have a happy ending and for a few hours he can believe there’s a happy ending waiting for him, too. When the tall drink of water who works on the top floor of Jason’s building, wants to take him on a date, Jason is surprised. After all, Jason is awkward and skinny, and sees himself as a boring accountant, while Paul is tall, dark, and incredibly hot.
Despite Jason’s reservations, Paul and Jason start dating and attending the shows Jason adores. But if Paul likes musicals as much as Jason, why does he always doze off? Is Paul leading a double life? Does he have a wife tucked away somewhere?
Jason knows Paul is hiding something and when the secrets come out, Jason finds his fantasy comes to life, right there on the stage.
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This short is part one of a series of two shorts, at least so far. I enjoyed it.The premise was interesting. I also enjoyed the mention of musicals. Many gay men enjoy them, although that seems to be dying out. Jason’s musical of choice is Grease.
The underlying theme of the story seems to be one of transcending past experiences, and trusting oneself and someone else.
Both characters had bad experiences in the past. Jason seems to have retreated into himself, not trusting anyone. He uses musicals as a means of escaping the day-to-day grind and his past. Paul is more proactive. He searches out what he needs. It’s Paul who makes the first move to finally get to know Jason, who has to figure out, when the time comes, if Paul is worth forgiving him for the little lies he’s had to tell in order to make sure Jason was the one for him.
A warning though. This is meant as a little vignette into these characters lives, about how they met. It tells a lot about them in a short time, but does end. If you want a complicated nuanced telling of their complete lives, this probably isn’t the story for you.
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One year on from Paul’s proposal, Jason is living a life he never dreamed of. As he fusses with his tie and readies to walk down the aisle, he reminisces about the previous twelve months. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the happy couple in the lead up to their wedding, with obstacles big and small thrown in their way.
Marrying one of New York’s most eligible bachelors has Jason’s stomach in knots. Expectations of their society wedding are high, but out of love for Paul, Jason goes along with the grand plans because he understands Paul’s family has a reputation to maintain. But Paul has a surprise up his sleeve that just may see Jason getting the wedding of his dreams.
Follow Jason on his journey as he prepares to marry one of the most eligible bachelors in New York and find out just how Dave got his name.
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The second part of the series is the one I found most interesting. It delved into Jason and Paul’s relationship more. It explained Jason’s past and his attachment to his cat. It painted a wonderful picture of a beautiful couple and their wedding. We also get to see the contrast between Jason’s and Paul’s families.
There is a definite gulf between Paul’s and Jason’s social standing and income. The story allows us to see Jason shine as the sensible one. Both wish to show their love for one another, but Jason’s pragmatic side wins out.
I find this sequel to be more fulfilling than the first book. I was able to emotionally attach myself to the characters more.
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0161IK2ZW/
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Prizes: Two WIP gift cards of $2.99 each
About the author
R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.
It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…
R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work. And still, they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.
Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.
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