After a light, flirtatious conversation about what makes a good beer, Bodie invites Eli back to his place to try some real brews. After a few different beers, the boys loosen up and are in confession mode. All their embarrassing tidbits come out, making for fun and silliness, like surfer Bodie coming out of the musical closet, to the ginger cowboy’s delight. Will there beAfter a light, flirtatious conversation about what makes a good beer, Bodie invites Eli back to his place to try some real brews. After a few different beers, the boys loosen up and are in confession mode. All their embarrassing tidbits come out, making for fun and silliness, like surfer Bodie coming out of the musical closet, to the ginger cowboy’s delight. Will there be more to it, or will friendship be enough?...
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Happy Hour Reviews
Review for Brief Encounters ReviewsNote to Readers: This story is written in the present tense (though it doesn’t bother me, I know it does some).Eli is a Texas boy through and through, playing Big City Cowboy in DC for an internship with the USDA. He’s only been away from home a month, but it’s quite a bit of a culture shock, evidenced by the opening scene. As Eli searches the local supermarket’s beer section for Lone Star (according to his mother the ONLY beer appropriate to use for making brats), a beer he is going to have to substitute for mass-produced swill to make the recipe, he is approached by Bodie and “schooled” in the art of brewing and what is available to Eli locally so that his momma’s recipe won’t be sullied by bad beer. After a friendly and comfortable conversation, the two go back to Bodie’s house for a beer tasting and get to know each other.I have never read anything by Bella Leone before and I believe this is one of her first published stories. Though I enjoyed the characters, I had trouble with quite a bit of the story. It fell into a few new author traps, but not ones impossible to work through. I counted quite a few cliches, as well as a general feeling of melodrama that just seemed a little too rosy for everyday life of these two men. That prevailing feeling made the story seem much more serious than it was presented to be, as it started out in quite a light humor.The biggest difficulty I found, however, was in the pacing of the story. Again, it seemed to me that this was probably another trap easy to fall into. Generally, short stories (especially those in the moment, in present tense) don’t allow for much more than one or two scenes without a lot of creative crafting to keep the pace of the story. “Happy Hour” spanned several years, but in only a few scenes, so that the last scene felt like an epilogue. It was necessary then to know how Bodie and Eli came to be at this point in their relationship when we’ve left them on the verge of barely starting it, which took up several pages.All in all not a bad effort and two characters that I really liked. I was a bit disappointed that what I was most looking forward to, the silly getting-to-know-you period spoken of in the blurb, was only quickly touched on. On the whole, the story could have used more work before being published, but there’s definitely promise in Bella Leone’s writing. I’d like to read more of what she writes in the future.
Warmth, happiness and a wonderful, quiet sense of humor is the best way to summarize this story for me. Eli has a delightful ‘voice’: he’s entertaining and observant as he meets and stats going out with Bodie. Rather than play up the difference between a Southern boy like him and the ‘Yankee’, the focus is on what they have in common.Even though their relationship starts on a light note, and they fully intend to take it slowly, somehow, their feelings overcome them and they give in to some very passionate sex. The developing emotions between them are able to keep up with the physical, and when Bodie finally meets the family, it is all as peaceful as the rest of the story.If you like stories with quiet depth, characters who pull you in and hold your attention, even though there isn’t any major drama, you will like this story. It definitely left me with a smile on my face.NOTE: This book was provided by Torquere Press for the purpose of a review on Queer Magazine Online
I like beer, so I could relate to these boys :) And I laughed out loud at the Prince Harry crush (mine was Prince William, but I'm a wee bit older than Bodie). Happy Hour is a feel good, angst free, happy story with a well developed HEA. And some very hot sex ;) Hot as hell, in fact. Real and raw and quite beautiful. Bella teases us at first, but it just makes it sweeter for the waiting.I really enjoyed this story.
I was an early beta reader for this story, and what impressed me most (aside from the steam) was the element of sweetness in Eli and Bodie's relationship. I rooted for them from the first page, and when I was done reading, it left me with a smile. :-)
I loved the voice to this as Eli narrates what's going on. Great build up and enjoyable characters!
Short sweet and romantic story about Bodie and Eli who meet at a grocery store in a very cute manner. This meet cute story turns into a lot more.