Review: Bed of Coles by Jyll Stonecypher

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Review: Bed of Coles by Jyll Stonecypher

Can a hot summer of lust turn into something more?

Mark Unger always steered clear of male relationships while at Michigan State University. He was just not ready to explore his sexual side. When his father kicks him out, he is forced to re-examine his privileged and easy life. He now has nowhere to live and very little money. His plans for a relaxing summer on the beaches of Lake Michigan are dashed now. His mother quickly finds him a low paying job as a stable hand but at least it has room and board benefits. With his parents soon departing on a European vacation, he is on his own in a rural environment he didn’t ask for. What he didn’t count on was meeting the man who stirs desire in him he can’t ignore.

Cole Denton lives quietly on the grounds of Maple Hill stables. He’s gay, but not out of the closet by any means. His life has not been easy, an early stint in the Navy, followed by construction jobs. While not perfect, his handyman job at Maple Hill is easier than some things he’s done for a living. When he meets Maple Hill’s newest employee, he gets a raging hard on that won’t quit. Being in close quarters on a daily basis with Mark will be like throwing gasoline on a fire. Their two lives soon intertwine. A hot summer of love and lust awaits them, surging and washing over them like the gentle waves of Lake Michigan. Will their relationship last, or will it wither like Maple H ill’s fall leaves?

Title: Bed of Cole's
Author: Jyll Stonecypher
Published by Ai Press
Source: Author
Published: February 8, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 102
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-flames



Bed of Coles by Jyll Stonecypher was a contemporary romance revolving around Cole, stable hand at Maple Hill stables and college dropout Mark Unger. Mark has decided to drop out of college and when his parents discover this; his father throws him out of the house so dad can cool off. Mark takes a summer job at his mother’s friend’s horse farm where he meets the very outgoing Cole.

Mark’s character was a spoilt, pampered rich young man who never labored a day and continued to emit those spoiled feelings throughout the story. Ms. Stonecypher did characterize him as relatable in that Mark toiled with inner turmoil in dealing with his sexuality. Although, he was immediately smitten with Cole and knew that was who he wanted.

Cole’s persona was arrogant and smug. At times I wanted to throttle him, yet he displayed a tender side when it came to his feelings for Mark even if he wanted to remain closeted.

The story had many subplots which I would have liked to have seen elaborated. The relationship between Mark’s mother and the horse farm owner, the relationship between Mona and Cole, and also ride instructor Veronica. All important characters in the story, but I felt as if I never got to know them.

Overall, if you are looking for a short story about first love, the read was enjoyable.

Jyll Stonecypher
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