Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Law of Love
AUTHOR: Bob Masters
PUBLISHER: Deep Desires Press
LENGTH: 38 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
1969 America is a time of protests against the war in Vietnam – long hair, rock music, and pot smoking. But it is also a time of free love, minority demands for equality, and even a fledgling gay rights movement.
Joseph Knight is a Park Ranger in rural Michigan and is supposed to be the opposite of all that, the upholder of laws against pot-smoking, pre-marital sex, and especially two men making love. But when a Jimmy Clayton, a 19 year old lifeguard with a perfect tan and long blond hair shows up in his life, Joseph is compelled to rethink some of his ideas about right and wrong.
How will he make his way in this uncharted territory where the rules are no longer clear and the law of the heart makes more sense than the head? Which law will prove more powerful, the law he’s sworn to uphold, or the law of love which tells him to “do his own thing” even if it means he might end up in jail?
Law of Love is a 12,000-word novella.
I hadn’t realized exactly how short this story was until I read it. I would classify this as a short story instead of a novella.
Joseph Knight is a park ranger in rural Michigan. Having been raised in “the wild country of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan” he was under the belief that the law was right and you followed. But he had begun to question some of the things he had heard. These pot smoking hippies weren’t as much trouble as the drunken campers. Then, when a new lifeguard is hired on, he becomes friends with the younger man. When out swimming one evening he accidentally brushes against the backside of Jimmy and becomes aroused. “Law of Love” is their tale.
I am usually not a fan of insta-love and this happened so fast I was even shocked. Given the era and the homophobia that persisted, it was even more surprising but 38 pages doesn’t give much time for relationship building. Even so, this was like one minute I don’t know anything about gays to I’m gay and I want you. I think this story had possibilities but it was just too short and just didn’t give you time to become attached to the characters or their story.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I chose this story but what I got wasn’t anything that I would chose. It was too short with not enough substance to make it worth recommending. If you are all for insta-love, fast read with one erotic scene then this might be for you but I need a bit more to the story.