Tuesday, August 2, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Baron's Last Hunt by S.A. Garcia

Release Date: July 27th, 2011
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 15
Source: Directly from publisher for review

Since his lover Samuel’s death, Baron can only keep his spirit alive by trying to recreate their first meeting at the Stockholm train station. Picking up a lively young stranger may ease his aching sorrow for a few stolen moments, but nothing can heal the emptiness in his soul—until a smiling young man calling himself Rogue steps into Baron’s Rolls. For the first time, Baron finds himself thinking beyond a brief release… but Rogue may be more than he seems.
What Stephanie Thinks: Baron's Last Hunt is a Bittersweet Dreams short story from Dreamspinner Press, which is an m/m romance publisher. I, being a tragic romance whore, love the concept of the Bittersweet Dreams line; essentially, all of its titles include the same romantic elements that most m/m novels do, but have heartwrenching, untraditional endings. These stories are not for those who root for Happily Ever Afters... these stories are for people who want a story to end in a painful, abrupt way, people who thrive off woes. Otherwise known as: me.

Garcia's voice is sardonic and playful; even throughout the rough romance and emotion, the tone remains light. The content itself contains hot 'n' heavy (le swoon) and the characters, even within a short fifteen pages, are well-developed.

The story itself is too short for me to become attached, yet I still feel the ending is weep-worthy. Both the plot and relationship between Baron and Rogue are deliciously twisted, with lots of surprises and a short-lived sense of satisfaction, until of course, tragedy strikes. I recommend this to anyone who wants a read that is both melancholy and inspiring at the same time—one that is over too soon, and lingers once it is gone.

Stephanie Loves: "His ripe mouth slowly relaxed into a fresh smile. His luxuriant lashes met in three rapid blinks before he stared at Baron in subtle challenge. A small smile offered vague confrontation."

Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥