Review ~ Different Strokes by Nico Jaye

DifferentStrokesBook: Different Strokes


Author: Nico Jaye

Format: e-book

Page Count: 69

Published: Less Than Three Press LLC, December 11st, 2013

Source: Publisher


This was a short yet very sweet story. For a romance that was sixty something pages, it had a good pace. We met the characters when they themselves met for the first time, and we kept delving into their lives in certain periods of the year, like christmas, thanksgiving and valentines, which made the story flow easily.

Tomas is an Olympic medalled swimmer who has his own massage therapist. He’s not very social for the strict and disciplined way he lives his life, so when his therapist has to leave for an emergency and sends her replacement, Darren, Tomas is met with a nice surprise.

Since there aren’t many pages to get to know these characters, the author didn’t go into too much detail. But don’t let that fool you, we still had enough to like them and see their romance bloom. I liked the way the story jumped from one period to another without stretching things too long, but at the same time it didn’t leave with a feeling that anything was missing. We saw their interaction and then moved on to a new one which was the right thing to do for a novella this short.

The characters were very easy to sympathize with, with Tomas’ stoic and quiet demeanor, and Darren’s more lively and forward personality. From the very start we knew that Tomas is not the kind of man who’s open with what he feels, while Darren is someone who wears his feelings on his sleeve. The idea of ‘opposites attract’ has always been one of my favorites, and this story was why. If we could’ve had a novel instead of this short novella, I’m sure this contrast would’ve made a great plot in getting them to end up together. Tomas could’ve had more internal dilemmas about letting his feelings known, and Darren could’ve been more unsure for that very reason. But I still loved it the way it was, though I might’ve preferred more spice, and in the end, I was left with a fond smile on my face, and wishing this story was much much longer.

I’m putting four spoonfuls of this sweet story into my hodgepodge.


Other titles by Nico Jaye:

  • BTW I Love You
  • Man-To-Man Coverage

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