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Reggie is a young man in his early twenties, living a quiet life. His blindness makes him over cautious in new situations, at least until one day on his way home when he meets a stranger, a man with a voice smooth as honey and burning hot as the most expensive whiskey, starts flirting with him.
At first, Reggie is scared. The guy seems like a stalker but he soon realizes that the stranger means him no harm. On the contrary, he is attracted to Reggie and invites him home for a hot romp in bed.
With the ball in his court now, Reggie needs to decide what to do. He could turn him down and continue living his life as it is—boring. Or, he could say yes and see where this unexpected ride takes him…
Taking a chance on a new author can be hit or miss. With this story it’s a bit dead center for me.
The story has a great premise; a blind man who meets a stranger on the train ride home and they have a one off. I liked that Reggie gets to opportunity for someone to want him regardless of his disability. I have a long-time co-worker who has been blind from the age of 8 years old and being treated as “normal” as possible is what he’s always wanted. So with Reggie, getting this chance to be reckless as any young man would be… I really liked the idea. This short story is a setup we get with a lot in romance; the one night stand with the possibility of it being more.
This is a short story so I will keep the review short. For some reason the dialogue threw me a bit, I am not sure what I was expecting but the men talked young and that isn’t a bad thing, it just gave me a moment to pause and begin the story again in a different frame of mind. I think if I’d known their ages or around how old they were… I don’t know, but once I began again I read them as young, maybe early 20’s with the way they talked and the whole story read in a new way to me.
Was this a mistake? Getting seduced by a total stranger.
Dear Stranger is an interesting read about taking a chance on something you’d never thought you’d do. It was a short story that I would have loved to see a few pages longer; maybe getting more of the interaction between Reggie and the stranger on the train rides before the whole deal happens and the end not being so abrupt.