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REVIEW BY: Christie
TITLE: Counting Fence Posts
AUTHOR: Kelly Jensen
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 61 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2016
There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve, and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out. As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight… maybe… and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat… and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.
Counting Fence Posts was a quick but cute and steamy read. The only drawback I could think of is that there isn’t more. I found myself hoping that this was a mere snippet from a novel length book because I would love to read more about Marc and Henry’s story. That being said, however, I enjoyed this short story and definitely think you would too.
Marc and Henry graduated from the same university, work at the same firm, and even had virtually the same interview score when attempting to get into said firm. Well, one of them scored 1 point higher, but who’s counting, right? Anyhoo, they end up going to Chicago for a few days in order to wrap up a business thing and get waylaid on their plane ride home by a massive winter storm. So, they decide that renting a car and driving back to Boston is the best idea ever. Y’know, because driving in a storm isn’t dangerous at all… *rolls eyes sarcastically* Silly, silly people.
While driving thru a rural area, the GPS intermittently stops working due to the lack of a signal, and they end up pulling onto the side of the road to keep from getting even more lost than they already are. So, here Marc and Henry are. On the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, during basically white-out conditions in a blizzard. Good times, right? Yeah, not so much.
Then, Marcus starts talking. And, Henry gets really confused. Then embarrassed. Then, they both get cold. And, you know what the best thing to do is when you’re cold? Yep, you guessed it: get warm. How do these gentlemen keep warm? By Marc confessing he has had the hots for Henry since his first day on the job, and then kissing Henry in a super-charged, steamy kiss that fogs the windows and blows Henry’s mind. One thing leads to another and they end up sharing body heat in a very sexy way.
No clue what it is about office romance stories, but I like them a lot. And, this one sure didn’t disappoint (even tho it technically wasn’t set in an actual office). The little misunderstandings between Marc and Henry were understandable and plausible. Even the tension between the two were almost palpable.
All in all, I enjoyed this story and hope you do to.