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TITLE: Better Than New by Charley Descoteaux

AUTHOR: Charley Descoteaux
PUBLISHER: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
YEAR: June 2014
LENGTH: 26 pages
GENRE: M/M contemporary romance
HEAT LEVEL: Adult only, erotic
RATING: 5 out of 5

kintsukuroi: “to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

This story . . . Ye gods, this story . . . Words fail.

At a little over 8000 words, it’s just not enough. I don’t mean there’s anything missing. I mean that I didn’t get enough time with these characters, with Ben and Theo and their friends from The Broken Cup. The premise is simple – Ben is the owner of a coffeehouse, and Theo is a college student who has been crushing on him for months. The story is an erotic romance that details the coming together of these two young men.

It’s so appropriate that the very first paragraph is the definition of the Japanese word for something that, in English, would be indefinable. Somewhere, in some language, there is a word that is capable of expressing everything that this story makes me feel. It’s precisely this sort of gem that makes reading every last story published by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group worth the investment of your time. I’ve read hundreds of these stories over the past year or so. On the whole, they are entertaining, enlightening, titillating, and occasionally – as in this case – sublime.

Sublime: adjective; of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. Synonyms: exalted, elevated, noble, lofty, awe-inspiring, majestic, magnificent, glorious, superb, wonderful, marvelous, splendid.

Yes, I think I’ve found the right word.


At the time of this review, this story is a free read available through the Goodreads M/M Romance group. If you enjoy M/M romance, I highly recommend joining the more than 16,000 members of the #1 resource on the internet for M/M Romance fans.

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