I was first introduced to C.S. Poe’s writing when I read her free story Coffee & Carnations. It was written in honor of the SCOTUS ruling on June 26, 2015. It started out as just a single short story but the author says there is more story to tell for her characters Sandy and Paul and we now have two chapters. I am looking forward to reading more about the two sweet and endearing characters. Click on the cover to go to the main page. Then click on the chapters for the story.
After reading the free story, I wanted to read more. The author has a short story out through the Dreamspinners summer M/M Romance Anthology. This years theme is Never Too Late For Love.
Her story is titled Love Has No Expiration
Blurb: There’s more to life than work, and love has no expiration, even for those approaching their forty-fifth birthday.
Daniel Richards is a private chef in New York City who has committed over a decade to his skills and passion. He has carved out a name for himself in the industry and has bookings for parties and dinners months in advance. Now that he’s in his mid-forties, however, he’s come to the realization that he’s lonely and desperate for companionship.
Two days before Valentine’s Day, he meets Keith Maxwell at a farmer’s market and can’t keep the much younger man out of his thoughts. Keith is eager and willing to take a chance with someone older, but Daniel’s reluctance stops Keith’s every attempt. Worried his career will suffer if he dedicates time to a serious romance, or that Keith won’t be satisfied with someone so much older, Daniel nearly thwarts his own attempts at finding happiness.
I always enjoy stories that have a food element to them. I fondly refer to them as food-centric. This story is not focused only on food necessarily, but it is Daniel’s life and it is how Daniel meets Keith.
Daniel has been so focused on his career that he hasn’t even considered a relationship. Then preparing the menus for his clients Valentine’s day dinners and parties only reinforces how lonely his life has become. When he meets Keith at the farmers market, he is taken aback when the younger man flirts with him. Daniel is flattered but dismisses it knowing the young man couldn’t possibly be serious. Then they run into each other again.
This is a lovely story and it shows that sometimes we have to get out of our own way to find happiness.
This lovely short story is 29 pages long and the author does a wonderful job of giving us this sweet romance between Daniel and Keith without it feeling rushed. Plus there’s Oscar. Who is Oscar,you ask? You will have to read the story. 🙂
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