Book Review – Dear Stranger by Sid Love

Reggie is a young man in his early twenties, living a quiet life. His blindness makes him over cautious in new situations, at least until one day on his way home when he meets a stranger, a man with a voice smooth as honey and burning hot as the most expensive whiskey, starts flirting with him.

At first, Reggie is scared. The guy seems like a stalker but he soon realizes that the stranger means him no harm. On the contrary, he is attracted to Reggie and invites him home for a hot romp in bed.

With the ball in his court now, Reggie needs to decide what to do. He could turn him down and continue living his life as it is—boring. Or, he could say yes and see where this unexpected ride takes him…

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Although this story is very short, the author does a great job in drawing the reader in. Reggie’s 1st person narrative flows well and is easy to read. I liked how descriptive the writing was, yet didn’t forget that its narrator was blind—something that makes this story a bit different as it relies on the remaining senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell.

Reggie’s personality shines through, and I loved his friend Judy, and would have liked to have seen more of her. Reggie’s ‘suitor’ is perceived from Reggie’s perspective, which uses the literary device of unreliable narrator very well. Does the guy have good intentions, or is he really a stalker? Like Reggie, the reader has to wait and find out.

Dear Stranger is a fun, hot, read, more of a slice of life encounter by a guy who is lonely and wants more. The instant connection between the two men, which starts with what might just be a one night stand works given the length of the story. There’s no time for an in depth exploration of their relationship. My initial reservations about Reggie going with a guy he didn’t know didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story, but rather kept me on the edge of my seat as I kept reading to find out what would happen.

This is the first story I’ve read by Sid Love, but I’d love to read more. I’d recommend this short story to readers who enjoy a fun read with hot sex, and an encounter on a subway that hopefully leads to more. 4 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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