Title: All That Shimmers
Beau Bell is a former Olympic hopeful, left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. He has every reason in the world to be pissed off and miserable, yet he’s training for the Paralympics Men's 100m—S6 division. The chair? Just a part of who he is now. Beau's attitude is golden. If only he could contend with this one little issue: errant erections and no way to relieve them!
Nikša Meríc is a lonely scientist and really bad poet living underneath the old building where he does his research. Every night he watches his neighbor through his basement window as he undresses in his wheelchair. Although there is no apparent reason for Nikša to be unhappy, he’s struggled with depression his whole life and has tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.
When Beau proposes that his “voyeur” come over and help him experiment with the erections he can’t actually feel, the relationship they build is a sexual one. But the relationship they need is one that will heal each other’s hearts as well.
Author: Raine O'Tierney
Series: Piece Us Back Together
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: May 16, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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“You’re made of dark stuff, aren’t you, Nicky?”
At one time Beau Bell was headed to the Olympics looking to obtain a gold medal in his future with any sexy man candy he wanted on his arm. Now Beau is excited about possible record breaking swim times and his future in the Paralymics. Beau still sees a gold medal in his future. The one thing Beau wants in his near future that isn’t even a blip on his radar is an orgasm. It still works he has seen the hard evidence of that, and he wants it to do what he is used to it doing. There are a few things Beau misses about his pre-accident life and getting off is the the one that is one his mind the most.
Watching plants grow and penning his dark poetry are the only things that Niksa has, that he sees. Sometimes when the darkness gets to be too heavy he tries to end it, but like everything in life he fails at that too. This is why Niksa is shocked when the sexy neighbor that he has named Wheels invites him over to help with relieving him of a problem that Beau’s own hand cannot. This is the beginning of the ‘help Beau get off’ fling that makes this novella such an enjoyable read.
I have to tell you that the moment Niksa takes his trip to the library (for research purposes) that I totally fell in love with him as a character. Beau is fun and upbeat and spirited and entirely too easy to like as a character. Niksa and his darkness makes you want better things for him, but he still has a long way to go before he’s whole. I liked the fact that the character who should have the more reasons to hate the world is really the optimistic person i All That Shimmers. The character that can easily be seen as “normal” is the one that has to most to gain or lose here.