Catching a Buzz by Ally Blue

Blurb: Adam Holderman isn’t your typical twenty-something college boy. He prefers jazz to Goth, shuns body piercings and street-waif clothing, and despises the lack of vocabulary among his peers. Some call him uptight, but Adam doesn’t see it that way. Just because he prefers his men articulate and well-groomed doesn’t make him a stick-in-the-mud. He simply has standards, unlike most guys his age.
The new employee at Wild Waters Park, where Adam works, single-handedly throws a monkey wrench into Adam’s orderly world view. Buzz Stiles wears eyeliner and black clothes, listens to emo bands, and talks like a teenage skate punk. He’s the polar opposite of Adam’s avowed “type”. So why can’t Adam get him out of his head?
When Adam finally agrees to go out with Buzz, he finds there’s much more to Buzz than a hot body, a sharp wit, and a Goth fashion sense. Buzz is someone Adam can see himself being with for the long haul. But you need more than mind-melting sex to make a relationship last. Can they keep their hands off each other long enough to find out if they have what it takes?

Review: I like the two protagonists a lot. Buzz is the fun, no worry in the world sort of guy, Adam the typical procrastinator. Whatever unpleasant task is waiting for him, he always plans to “think of it tomorrow” or “do it the next day”. I can relate to this. A lot. Adam and Buzz are still young and the story totally focuses on those two. Supporting characters play no big parts at all.

I think two things are worth mentioning.

  • Buzz’s use of the iPod. Highly inventive! I thought it was hilarious. Apple really meets every need, :-).
  • One sex scene that involves a beer bottle. If you have read Teleny, a homoerotic story attributed to Oscar Wilde, you might be reminded of a certain occurrence mentioned there. I’m not certain whether the guy in the story died from it (after all it was the 19th century), but that is irrelevant anyway. Because of this I couldn’t enjoy the scene as I could have otherwise.

This was a lovely short story. I enjoyed the fact that Buzz and Adam got to know each other before they got involved and became great friends. Highly recommended for a fast and fun read.

Available at Samhain Publishing

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