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Midsummer Night's Steam: Taboo Desires
By Chrissy Dionne
Sep 8, 2007 - 8:21:28 AM

Cole Winchester is tired of having to argue with his girlfriend whether or not they should get married.   The fact is he has no interest in getting married.   He cares for Karen but he isn’t in love with her and definitely isn’t ready to settle down.   It’s not like he can just confess to a deep-seated desire for men.   After all that would mean that he’s gay or at least bisexual and that would destroy the safe little world in which he’s been existing.


Karen’s sudden interest in marriage concerns Cole.   There must be something more going on then he’s aware of – sure enough, when he confronts her on it, Karen admits that she wants to start a family.   Cole’s never wanted children and Karen hadn’t either when they first started dating two years earlier, but she’s changed her mind.   Cole doesn’t want to hurt Karen but he isn’t about to marry her either and sentence them both to a miserable marriage.   Ending the relationship is the only choice.

 

Two weeks after Karen broke things off with Cole he’s walking the beach at a loss as to what to do with himself now.   Distracted by his thoughts, Cole fails to see a surfboard on the shore and the owner’s warning came just a tad too late to keep him tripping over it and landing on his butt in the sand.   The surfer turns out to be Eric Radcliff, the younger brother of a guy Cole used to hang out with in high school.    Eric is the epitome of all Cole’s sexual fantasies.   Just as he’s about to leave, Eric invites Cole to join him for drinks and to listen to a grunge band.   Cole isn’t into grunge music but it sounds like fun so he agrees to go.   There’s just the little issue of his intense arousal toward Eric.   How is he going to be able to hide his body’s reaction to the other man? And how is he going to come to grips with the fact that his safe ‘normal’ existence has been a lie.

 

Amanda Young tackles an almost unmentionable topic with her book TABOO DESIRES and I have to give her kudos for doing so.   I have to admire Cole for the simple reason that he chose to go with his instincts and not give into the pressure to get married when he knew it would be a mistake.   I found this story to be a real eye opener regarding the issues that gay people face as they come to terms with their own sexuality.  



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