Title: Hot Hands by Erica Pike
College Fun and Gays Series Book One
Publisher: No Boundaries Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic
Length: 28 pages/Word Count: 10,902
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Author
For weeks, college student Casper has been the victim of sail-by goosing and groping. The problem is that Casper would very much like to get more than groped by those wonderful, big, hot hands. With a journal full of clues, he sets out to discover who his mystery groper is. However, he may be in serious trouble once he discovers the ominous identity, and it’s not because of the light bondage the groper seems to prefer.
Hot Hands is the first of five in a series of short stories. Each story is independent of the others and each covers a deep issue. Hot Hands focuses on the effects of high school bullying for being gay.
Erica Pike’s Hot Hands is a quick read that has quite a bit of depth. Following the clues to the identity of his mysterious groper forces Casper to confront the horrible memories of being bullied in high school.
Casper is a fabulous lead character who is well-developed and sympathetic. Instead of being threatened or disgusted by the gropings of a stranger, he is intrigued and determined to uncover his unknown admirer’s identity. He methodically sifts through his suspect list and logically rules out various candidates. The groping escalates into sexual encounters with submissive overtones, and the growing certainty that Hot-Hands might not be a stranger.
Hot Hands is a very thought-provoking story with exceptional character development and a unique storyline. Erica Pike does an excellent job detailing the impact of bullying from both the victim’s and bully’s perspectives. And the revelation of who Hot-Hands is and his role in Casper’s life? It left me feeling as conflicted as it did Casper.
Hot Hands is an all around excellent short story that I highly recommend.
Read my review of Grade-A-Sex Deal book two in the College Fun and Gay series HERE