TITLE: Moonlight Masquerade
AUTHOR: D.M. Roberto
PUBLISHER: Torquere Press
LENGTH: 22 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 20, 2016
It’s Valentine’s weekend and for Skylar Everclear, it’s a holiday he wishes he could forget. Mysterious roses keep popping up on his doorstep. No idea what is going, a little disturbed by this secret admirer, he tries to forget it all since he just got rid of the latest line of loser boyfriends and just wants to do his job at the local bakery. But when he meets his new neighbor, Marc Douglas, he finds himself drawn to the quiet young man even as he tries to not let his libido take over. But on Valentine’s Day, a mysterious rose again pops up with a note to meet his admirer that night. Will Skylar take a chance that love is right there waiting for him?
Moonlight Masquerade is a very short story that packs a lot into it. Skylar is a hardworking, nice man who has had no luck in the love department and despairs that he will never find someone to call his own. He is also dreading being alone on Valentine’s Day. Even with all this, the fact that he seems to have a secret admirer makes him uneasy. Who is it? Why him?
Then he spies Marc, who has just moved into his building and is instantly intrigued and attracted. They hit it off right away and seem to click. But what about his admirer?
The feeling of unease is a major theme through this story, and I have to admit that it kept me from giving it a higher rating. It just seemed kind of off to me. Only having one POV, that of Skylar, did not help to understand and relate at all. The base of the story is good, but more context could have made it much better.