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When Callum’s mother asks him to visit for her birthday, she unwittingly comes to his rescue. Callum is a broken and unhappy man, emotionally abused by his lover to the point of feeling worthless, alone, and without hope. But during his trip, while passing through the Salt Lake Desert, Callum picks up a hitchhiker named Danny, who shows him that life is full of wonder andWhen Callum’s mother asks him to visit for her birthday, she unwittingly comes to his rescue. Callum is a broken and unhappy man, emotionally abused by his lover to the point of feeling worthless, alone, and without hope. But during his trip, while passing through the Salt Lake Desert, Callum picks up a hitchhiker named Danny, who shows him that life is full of wonder and blessings. He’s on the verge of believing in himself again, but can he really make a new life for himself by jumping from the arms of one man into another’s?...

Title : Desert Crossing
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ISBN : 9781615817825
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Number of Pages : 60 Pages
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Desert Crossing Reviews

  • Ami
    2018-11-22 12:51

    Warning ... this is a Bittersweet Dreams title, so there will be no HEA.Callum picks up a stranger, Danny, on his way to his mother's house at Terra's Gate. Danny is heading to St. Louis and since he is dropped by a trucker in the middle of the desert, he begs Callum to let him go with him, and he will pay the gas. After a thought (and since he thinks Danny is attractive and it will be nice to have a friend during the rest of his trip), Callum says yes. The two bonded and something more happens as they find each other attractive. But both are heading to different place at the end of the road ...For a bittersweet story, this is one beautiful piece. While short B.G. Thomas puts some information regarding Callum, which makes an interesting glimpse of a background. We find out that Callum is a thirty-three years old, who is in a relationship with a man named David, who is practically cheat on him all the time they were together, and Callum is on his way accepting the idea of 'open relationship'. That is a totally intriguing background and the discussion / conversation he ends up having with Danny is one that is thoughtful and at the same time enlightening.I enjoy their road trip and talks and love-making session (it's not blatant, which something I always love from an M/M romance). Of course, I know I will be heading to that non-HEA ending, but since it's also an open ending, I can always hope that Callum and Danny will find a way to reconnect ...This story is written from Callum's point of view (using third person). There is a free short story taken from Danny's point of view for the last scene of the book, called "Desert Crossing: A Different Perspective" -- which you must read as well -- because there is one tiny information about Danny, which makes me totally demand for a sequel, since I'm sure there's more to the story from that.

  • Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
    2018-12-09 09:34

    3.5 Stars!I'm a tad disappointed in this one and it has nothing to do with the fact that it doesn't have an HEA. (Bittersweet Stories....yeah, I kinda figured as much.) No my disappointment is in the lack of armpit play! All this build up to his muskiness and sorry if I smell and taking quick little peaks when he has his arms stretched out.... and all we get is one quick snippet, :crushed:I seen that there is another little story (about 20 pages or so) from the POV of Danny. I'll eventually read it.

  • V
    2018-12-13 09:51

    Next time I will take the time to read reviews before I purchase a book..idiot, idiot!!! (that's me by the way).There is not happy ending here, Gosh this story for me was depressing, and I don't even going to mention the end :(

  • Feliz
    2018-12-01 10:35

    In a way, this story was a road movie where Callum and Dan got to know each other over the course of the three days they spend together. This happens in a way which is very fitting their characterizations. We’re in Callum’s head throughout the story, and so he is the best-drawn character. I Callum is a victim of emotional (and most probably, also sexual) abuse from his partner David, and I found this portrayed in a heartbreakingly realistic way. It was beautiful to watch how he came to take a new look at things with Dan’s help.Although David isn’t physically present, his personality plays a big role in this story. Initially, David’s voice almost drowns out Callum’s own thoughts – but it fades, the more Callum’s self – perception heals. I liked it that David wasn’t only pictured as demonic abuser, though. Callum remembers things about David he’s grateful for, too, and I could clearly see why Callum would fall for David in the first place. David may have initiated the downward spiral their relationship took, but it was Callum who allowed to be dragged so deeply under as he is now.Dan is surely the most meaningful character in this story, but also the least elaborated. We don’t get much background info on him, but get to know him mostly through his actions, just like Callum does. Although Dan helps Callum see the light, he never pushes him. On the contrary, when they finally come to consume the attraction that has been there between them almost from the moment they first met, Dan makes Callum make his own decision. Callum has to think about what he wants over and over with Dan, who never gives him an easy way out. Dan reminded me of a good teacher, or perhaps of a benevolent spiritual guide, who leads Callum with a gentle hand. Callum’s choices may not always be what others might consider ethical, or proper, but they are his choices now, and he knows he can live with them afterwards.Desert Crossing is Callum’s quiet journey towards himself. It was a little heavy on the philosophizing at times, but this was balanced by all the heartfelt honesty. Since this is another Bittersweet Dreams title, there’s obviously not a HEA ending. I was glad , though, that the author choose to end the story the way he did. Really, a HEA would have ruined it. I’d still call it a romance, and it’s surely a love story. Although it was sad, it wasn’t a tear-jerker; there was humor, banter and eroticism, an the story even ended on a surprisingly positive note. This is a story not for everyone or for everyday either, but I’d recommend it for when you’re in the mood for a fondly drawn story of character growth with characters who will remain with you for a while.There’s a free short story to go with this book, Desert Crossing – a Different Perspective which gives Dan’s view on the ending. You’ll receive it along with the book on purchase from DSP.

  • Nerine Petros
    2018-11-27 07:33

    Desert Crossing starts at an inconspicuous fuel station in the middle of nowhere, literally. Set in the desert, B.G. writes really descriptive images, and I almost found myself closing my eyes feeling perspiration forming on my brow as the golden glow of the desert (really, the afternoon sun on my front window) enveloped me. This sense of actually being there set the foundation for the story before I even got to know each of the main characters.Callum struck me as an average Joe, albeit a brave one. Taking on an extra, unknown passenger at any time is not something just anyone would do. Apart from this, it was easy to connect with Callum as he questions his actions and decisions in a really down-to-earth, believable way. This left him, at least to me, open with an endearing vulnerability really early in the story.Dan is a cheeky one, quick to speak his mind with an even quicker wit to match. Dan appears to be down on his luck, which rapidly changes at Callum's arrival and subsequent agreement of a ride. A little harder to get attached to, Dan nevertheless remains unforgettable in his own way. As their trip continues and he continues to lightly tease Callum out of his shell, Dan left his mark on both Callum and I. I really enjoyed his lighter view of the world around him, but also appreciated the deeper emotion Dan held within and the unique spiritual views he expressed.This novella was interesting in a way, because instead of Callum and Dan being surrounded by supporting characters, or even having one or two people to bounce off, B.G. manages to keep things clean and simple. Normally, this would make you think barren, but not in this case. B.G. writes this novella in a contemporary style, really well, deep with history, past relationship issues and hidden emotion waiting to be dealt with.Desert Crossing would suit anyone who enjoys stories about taking chances with humour and cheek thrown in, along with a good dash of real feeling. But be warned, this story does not have your classic happily ever after ending. NxNote: Reviewed for Queer Magazine Online.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2018-12-04 05:53

    Reviewed on Hearts On Fire... http://heartsonfirereviews.com/ This was a beautiful story of change and rediscovery. Callum is a man that has been used and verbally abused by his partner David. His mother asks him to visit for her birthday and he is making the drive from San Francisco to just outside of St. Louis alone. David would rather stay home and play with his tricks enjoying their open relationship. Callum stops in the middle of the desert for gas and meets Danny who needs a ride. Callum takes pity on the poor guy stranded in the middle of nowhere and the two begin an incredible journey of personal rediscovery and spiritual growth. Mr. Thomas made me feel like I was right in the car and motel rooms with Callum and Danny. His incredible style of writing and the use of strong emotions made what could have been a dull road trip story into a deep thought provoking trip through three days of living. I enjoyed the way that Callum opened up to the wiser Danny. Although David was never in the story, I could feel his presence by the way Callum talked and thought about. The powerful ways of Buddhist and Hindu thinking touched me as Danny slowly gave Callum the tools to find himself again and to change what only Callum could change. The story was an excellent blend of sorrow and happiness and although there was no HEA the story did end on a positive note. This book should be read by anyone looking for so honest truths in a tough time.

  • Jane (PS)
    2018-11-21 09:39

    3.5 starsThis was an intriguing short story - I liked the direction but I would have loved to have more of an resolution... I have read the short sequel, but it only progresses the story a little.

  • Neet
    2018-12-12 04:32

    This is a cute short story that puts a new spin on the road trip. Callum is in an emotionally abusive relationship with a man named David. David constantly puts him down blames Callum for his cheating on him because Callum doesn't meet his physical standards and is boring. Callum decides to hit the road without David to go to his hometown for his mother's birthday. Whike gasing up he meets Dan , who needs a lift and will gladly help with gas etc for a ride. Callum is hesitant for a moment, but realizes that Dan seems alright and he really needs the company, it also helps that Dan is easy on the eyes. Dan who just happens to be gay and also attracted to Callum is easy to talk to, also makes Callum realize what he's been lacking in his relationship in David. A nice short read that I recommend.

  • Changeling72
    2018-12-14 11:58

    Desert Crossing is a long short story, I guess? I don't think it's long enough to count as a novella. I enjoyed it, though I do feel it had enough of a kernel to it to warrant a longer story. I'm sure there was enough potential there to warrant a novella - something of the ilk of Trust Me. There is a part of me that is curious to know whether the two protagonists meet again and what their futures hold? However, it's good, escapist reading and I recommend it. I will definitely be reading some more BG Thomas in the future.

  • Vanessa
    2018-12-18 11:57

    I liked the story, after I thought about it for a while. I really thought it needed a better ending. At some point, I would like some closure. I'd really want to know if they (Collum and Dan) ever really got together. I'd like Collum to go back home to SFO and kick his cheating lover David to the curb, big time. Then to have the phone ring...it's Dan, he's in SFO, asking if he can at least see Collum. I'm such a sucker for HEA as opposed to HFN.

  • Tara
    2018-12-13 12:57

    This is a bittersweet story which means there really isn't an HEA, but it was sweet and romantic all the same. It's worth the read although I would love it since there was no HEA we could have seen a little further in to the lives of these guys. Really it felt almost like the beginning of a great book.

  • Sadonna
    2018-12-04 05:38

    What I really like about this author's writing is that it feels really authentic. I picked this up after reading How Could Love Be Wrong from the DSP Daily Dose collection. Excellent story dealing with facing a crossroads in life. Well done.

  • Meggie
    2018-11-22 08:37

    For once this short novella was really, TO short!! It was kind of tragic and sweet at the same time. Damn, I would really love to read more about this couple, both characters were truly interesting. I'm voting for a sequel!!!

  • Omega696
    2018-11-24 08:33

    Well, they met in the middle of the desert. Maybe it will happen again.

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2018-11-27 09:30

    Reviewed by: DonPublisher: Dreamspinner PressGenre: M/M Bittersweet RomanceRated: 5 heartsCheck out the review at: http://heartsonfirereviews.com

  • Chom
    2018-12-18 10:38

    I really can't say anything worth saying about this book. It didn't do it for me

  • Don
    2018-11-25 07:46

    Nice read