Arc Review ~ Forty-Two Stairs by A. F. Henley

FortyTwoStairsBook:Forty-two Stairs


Author:A. F. Henley

Genre:Contemporary M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 110

Published:Less Than Three Press, June 25, 2014

Source: Publisher

Owen has been struggling with addiction since he was a teenager, but it takes a DUI involving another vehicle for him to finally face his issues. The road to recovery is a rough one, and for Owen it’s a journey made harder by bankruptcy, loneliness, and repressed memories.

His new apartment doesn’t help either. It’s small, worn, and hot as hell. The only way to reach it is a tedious stretch of stairs that seems like the final insult on top of a whole pile of misery. Thankfully, the mess comes with one bright spot: intense, pretty Sebastian, who seems to have a knack for keeping his head up and finding the beauty in everything.


From the looks of it, finding short, good reads, lately, has become a specialty of mine. Not only did the cover grabbed my attention-I have a thing for mysterious looking covers-, but the m/m theme drew me in as well.

What we have here is not an erotica, not a story revolving around the hot sex the two male leads have, but a bumpy journey towards salvation. The story is told from the point of view of Owen while he struggles through an alcohol addiction. I’ve never personally met anyone who went through what Owen was going through here, but I was glad to see I could get inside his head and relate to his thought process. Though he might’ve felt the opposite himself at the beginning, Owen was a calm and rational person. He came off as someone who truly wanted to get better and was strong enough to do it. As for Sebastian, well, he was a ray of sunshine. He was a peculiar young man, completely at peace with himself and his surroundings. If I hadn’t already read characters like him, he could’ve come off as odd, but that was exactly what made him endearing.
Their story included some sexy times, sure, but the main theme was getting over and better. I liked the two characters’ interactions with each other and their willingness to struggle through their problems instead of sweeping them under the rug. They faced, they shared, they leaned on each other, and came out as the winners. Even though the read was short, it was satisfactory in the way it was told, with enough detail and emphasis on the right moments.

If anyone were to look for a sweet story about two people coming together in hard times, and the m/m is the cherry on top, then this would be the right choice for you. I’m adding three spoonfuls of this short, and yet satisfying story into my hodgepodge.



More titles from A. F. Henley:

  • Second Star To The Right
  • The Gift
  • Vision Quest

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