Always a fan of a good Mary Calmes story!
Heart Of The Race
By Mary Calmes
Varro Dacien spends his life riding toward the next adventure. Brian Christie, his best friend and touchstone, the one person who’s always truly seen him, plays sidekick on these madcap adventures and subsequent trips to the hospital until he can’t take it anymore. While Brian can see Varro, Varro has never caught on that he’s breaking his best friend’s heart.
Without Varro, Brian builds himself a life that’s all about just getting by, doing his best to ignore the hole in his heart and his life. Without Brian to balance him, Varro pushes harder and takes more risks to reach that ultimate high. His job racing high-octane bikes on suicide-level courses makes it easy to get that rush… until it’s no longer enough and Varro realizes it’s not the race, but who’s waiting at the finish line that truly matters. Now he just has to convince Brian to be there.
Originally part of Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose Anthology: Make A Play featuring 30 different stories by some of the best authors in M/M Romantic Fiction, this story called to me mainly because it was by one of my favorite authors, Mary Calmes. This is a short easy read and like most of her works it’s a sweet love story. If you are a fan of Mary Calmes I am sure you will enjoy it.
A sucker for a good GFY/OFY story I enjoyed seeing two best friends become more and fall in love. Who better to fall in love with than the person who you trust the most in the world? As Brian paints us the picture of growing up knowing he’s in love with Varro and doing his best to keep his feelings from destroying their friendship while secretly wishing his straight best friend felt the same way about him, you can actually feel his heart ache. Varro being absolutely oblivious to the way his best friend feels is almost maddening. He needs Brian in a way that most need air but he can’t seem to open his eyes enough to realize Brian is the one person who makes him whole until it’s almost too late.
There’s angst, heartbreak, humor and romance. There isn’t an over abundance of sex making this more of a contemporary love story. My one and only complaint really was that it was way too short. I loved the characters but there was definitely room to expand the story more and to get a more in depth look at them. I would honestly be happy to see more of Varro and Brian.