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Affairs of Men’s Hearts written by Pablo Michaels is a compilation of four short stories, each a chapter from the author’s life threaded with imagination and his aptitude to write. The first two stories are the most thought provoking and insightful—true slices of life.
In Growing Up in My Hometown I met a gay man in his youth, and the trials and tribulations he faces when his sexuality isn’t considered socially acceptable. He is full of expression, uncertain and torn between what he desires and what he can actually have.
Then and Now took me on a journey filled with change, sexual experimentation, and personal need; an adult gay man’s perspective on his past and future. His certainty of who he is and the one man in particular he craves.
The Slumber Party is Benjie Fallon’s fight to get out from under his family’s suffocating oppression and initially create a life with the guy he’s crazy about, David. Whether up or down, he manages to survive, carving a path through the gay dating scene, nutty female neighbours and friends.
Pagan Knights of Cambria Nights is the most interesting of the four stories. Glenn Talbot and Bill Blake, long time lovers, travel to the Cambria Shores to celebrate their honeymoon. And while frolicking in the bed and on the beach, along with their dog Bradley, they meet a gay couple staying at same motel. The other men stare at them and aren’t overly friendly, and Billie feels threatened, but Glenn doesn’t seem as bothered. And what starts as a wonderful honeymoon turns into a bit of a nightmare.
The author put his heart and soul in every line on every page, and as a consequence the four shorts make up a great combination. Endearing, and a treat to read. Fear to lust and lust to love there is a little something for everyone.