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…
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.