Title: A Different Dance
Author: Nash Summers
Length: 8700 Words
At a Glance: I loved the idea of this story—and I’m a big ol’ Nash Summers fangirl—but in the end, or, actually, in the middle, I sure didn’t love it like I wanted to.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Casey has always dreamed of being swept off his feet, despite feeling like he always gets the short end of the stick. His stepmom is constantly nattering at him about the way he looks, his stepsisters ignore him unless they need something, his best friends can’t seem to get along, and the love of his life barely notices he’s alive.
One evening out with his friends, Casey decides to lay all his cards on the table and profess his love to the man he’s been lusting after for years. But by the time the clock strikes midnight, will Casey’s Prince Charming be the man he’s always dreamed of?
This story is also available in the Torqued Tales M/M Anthology.
Review: A Different Dance is a cute little Alt U Cinderella, fairy tale redux. I loved the idea of this story—and I’m a big ol’ Nash Summers fangirl—but in the end, or, actually, in the middle, I sure didn’t love it like I wanted to.
I adored Casey in the beginning. He was spunky, sure of himself and of what he wanted, and he had some sparkle. He had a couple of weird hang-ups regarding his evil stepmonster—but, I mean, who doesn’t? In spite of that, though, I really liked him! In fact, I liked him right up until Jackson.
There’s no way to sugarcoat it…Jackson was a massive asshole. Huge. And seeing Casey degrade himself for that loser ruined the story for me. I get that Casey ‘thought’ he loved him. I get that he felt like Jackson had led him on. But, I found it hard to believe that Casey would blindly let Jackson treat him the way he did on the night in the story. A couple of good things came out of it, though, I suppose: Casey finally pulled his head out of his ass, thanks in large part to the support of his completely fabulous friend, Kansas; and then, of course, Ethan.
Ethan was everything. Handsome, kind, understanding, forgiving—you get the idea. He saw Casey, even when he was at his very worst, and wanted him anyway. Prince Charming wishes he was as smooth as Ethan Kingston. Get a load of this:
“My name is Ethan Kingston. I’m a Sagittarius, I have a career I love as an agricultural scientist, I barely have more than a dime to my name, and I think you’re the most gorgeous person I’ve ever seen.”
And, they lived happily ever after.
At least, if Casey played his cards right they did. #TeamEthan
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