My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Josh and Danny find themselves missing the spark they once had. They’re too busy in their jobs to really spend quality time with one another, so Danny takes the advice of a coworker and books a weekend away for them both to remind each other how much they truly love one another.
I’m not really that big a fan of the “rekindling romance with a dirty weekend” idea. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been married for seven years and never felt the loss of a spark, or maybe it’s because I don’t think that love has to equal sex. The dirty weekend isn’t a horrible idea or anything, but I’m not really the biggest fan of the suggestion that something is missing in a relationship when the couple isn’t having constant sex.
This was definitely a heavily sex-focused story, which was something I hadn’t counted on going in. It wasn’t all my cup of tea, but it was pretty hot. That said, for a short story like this, I felt there was a little too much sex for my tastes. I much preferred the romance angle, which was very sweet. Josh and Danny clearly love one another very much and that did show in this story, or I probably wouldn’t have cared that much for it. The Big Misunderstanding is present for a little drama, which was sweetly resolved in a satisfactory manner.
Something I really didn’t care for was the couple calling each other “lover”. Nobody really does that, do they? “Love”, certainly, but I’ve never heard someone refer to their partner as “lover” to their face. This odd endearment took me out of the story a bit and made it feel less than real.
Not a bad read if you’re looking for a sweet and spicy short, but it’s a pretty typical story based around a well overused romance plot. Nothing really stands out and I found this short to be well-written but ultimately forgettable.