4 Stars, Annabelle Jacobs, Blanket Fort Press, Genre Romance, New Adult, Reviewed by Lisa, Short Story

Review: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

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Title: Toy with Me (The Secrets Collection)

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Blanket Fort Press

Pages/Word Count: 11000 Words

At a Glance: Toy with Me earns a solid “A” in the short story telling department.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.

When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.

Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

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Review: Short stories—it seems readers either love them or don’t, and understandably so, but I do happen to respect them as a time honored storytelling medium. And sometimes I just love the immediacy of the good feelz you get from diving right into the heart of a romance without a lot of angst to build up to it. It’s the get in/get happy/get out that I adore, when all’s said and done.

Annabelle Jacobs’ Toy with Me is a feel-good-romance that, in my humble opinion, works perfectly. As a New Adult story in a collegiate setting, Aaron and Rob aren’t posed as guys who’d have a dense and troubled life history behind them anyway, so the immediacy of their falling in lust with each other in a less-is-more way was not only sweet but believable too.

I loved Aaron’s innocence, the blushing and the trepidation he feels about revealing his sexuality to his new flatmates, even though it’s not at all likely to be an issue. I loved the contrast of Rob’s no nonsense approach to figuring out if Aaron, like Rob himself, is gay, and then leading Aaron to the story’s inevitable conclusion but doing so in such a subtle yet irresistible way.

Toy with Me ticks all the boxes required of a short story. It’s a romantic little tease that brings on more than a few smiles along the way, and, while it didn’t spell everything out for me, it did leave me with the belief that Aaron and Rob will look back quite fondly, decades from now, on their years together as college sweethearts.

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Toy with Me is a short story about college boys and sexual exploration. It’s my contribution to The Secrets Collection—the third in the series—and was so much fun to write.

When I went to college, there were three girls on my course and thirty-seven boys. We all stayed in one building for the first year, and then I shared a house with three of the boys after that. It was such a great laugh, and writing about college-aged boys always reminds me of those times.

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Toy with MeBlurb: Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.

When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.

Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

~Annabelle

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The Secrets Collection: The Secrets Collection are sexy short stories by four different authors. The stories are linked by the common theme of secrets.

June 4, 2015: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote
June 12, 2015: Cheeky Hipster & Jocks by Posy Roberts
June 19, 2015: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs
June 26, 2015: Vampire Wishes by Teegan Loy

Please visit Blanket Fort Press for full details on the other stories in the Secrets Collection

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Excerpt: “Oi, Aaron?” Rob nudged him with his toe, startling him. He jolted upright, not realising he didn’t have hold of his beer properly, and promptly spilled it all over Rob’s feet. “Shit! Sorry.” He snatched the can from the bed before anymore could spill out and tried not to laugh at the grimace on Rob’s face.

He pulled at the toe of his sock, then glared up at Aaron when he sniggered. “Yeah, you look sorry. He peeled off both his socks, mopped up the bit that had gone on the quilt, then tossed them over by the door. “The least you can do is lend me a fresh pair, you fucker.” Aaron huffed. It wasn’t as though his room was cold. “Fine, whatever. But I’m not getting them for you.”

He paused the film and waved over at his chest of drawers. “Socks are in the top drawer. Help yourself.” Rob grunted something in reply that Aaron didn’t catch, and the bed dipped as he scooted to the edge and stood up. Aaron let his eyes fall shut, dozing as he waited for Rob to sit back down again. It wasn’t until he heard the scrape of the drawer opening that realisation kicked in. Oh fuck. His eyes snapped open. “Wait!”

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Annabelle_Jacobs_logoAbout the Author: Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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