Title: Permanently Legless
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Pages: 22 Pages
At a Glance: A short story that has everything and left me feeling satisfied.
Reviewed By: Lindsey
Blurb: Only half the man he used to be — but maybe that’s enough
The Taliban may have taken both Chris’s legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence is meeting Josh, the one-night stand from before his tour of duty he hasn’t been able to forget.
It turns out Josh hasn’t forgotten Chris, either. He spent the time they were apart fearing the worst every time a soldier was reported killed in action — and wishing Chris would use the number Josh gave him, and call.
Josh’s delight on seeing Chris again quickly turns to shock on seeing his injuries. With Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?
Review: I am not usually one for short stories as, more often than not, I finish it and feel the story needed to be longer to reach its full potential. It’s a very occurrence for me to find one that leaves me feeling satisfied. But I can say without a doubt Permanently Legless left me very satisfied. Could the story have been longer? I think it could have and I would have enjoyed every moment. BUT, it isn’t necessary. Not at all. I don’t feel I missed out on anything, and that’s a great feeling to have when you end a story.
The twenty-two pages read gave me a wonderful sense of the characters’ personalities. Told from Chris’s POV, we see his humor and how he copes with the changes in his life and loss of his legs. He comes off as very genuine and honest, doing his best to focus on what his life is like now, rather than dwell on what it had been prior to the loss of his limbs. His optimism is refreshing.
Josh, Chris’s one-night stand from before he shipped out, is gorgeous both inside and out. When they see each other again, even with such a limited number of pages, I felt chemistry between the two.
This short story gave me all the feels in a very good way. If you are looking for a (very) quick read, that is entertaining and satisfying, I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.
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