Title: From Top to Bottom
Author: Kevin Klehr
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Genre(s): M/M Romantic Comedy, M/M Erotica, M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 56
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Can a dedicated top really learn to bottom? Tony wants to find out but he’s scared another die-hard top will just plow through him, instead of taking it nice and slow on a newbie.
Enter Butch, a bear who’ll try anything, and Ford, a guy whose curiosity is tempting him to cheat on his boyfriend. Like Tony, both are dedicated tops wanting to try something new, and on this journey of physical self discovery, all will find that being open means more than taking it doggie-style.
Odd, funny short
Hmm, I’m not entirely sure how to rate this one. From Top to Bottom was a little all over the place, lacking structure and minimally developed conflicts- and yet it sort of worked. Though there was a specific plot in which men who have previously only topped explore bottoming together, it was loosely organized in general. However, that ended up working for the entire tone of this short story.
The relaxed manner was reinforced by the first person narration in which the main character, Tony, often talks directly to the reader. As is common with someone telling a story, the subjects jumped around a little, including insignificant details at times but consistently laced with humorous moments. There were odd moments and strange timing, but it was funny if not slightly ridiculous. I laughed a lot. Sometimes in incredulity at the storyline, sometimes along with the characters. There isn’t a lot of character development or depth which isn’t surprising considering the length, but there were plot developments that led to significant changes for the three characters. Although these developments forced Tony to mature a bit, it felt a little glazed over. The writing was solid. At times, I found the narrative oddly descriptive with romantic imagery which contrasted awkwardly with Tony’s projected personality and the pervasive causal tone throughout the short story. Those moments were a bit too jarring, and decreased my overall enjoyment. However, the humor always reengaged me. The jokes made it easy to like the characters even when they were coming a little out of left field.
I think I’d classify this short as erotica with a silly streak. It’s fast paced and filled with sex, orgies, clubs, and includes some recreational drug use. However, it was funny and different enough that it kept my attention even if I wondered what exactly it was that I was reading.