Custom Ride
by KA Mitchell, contemporary (2007)
Samhain Publishing, $2.50, ISBN 1-59998-590-X

Ryan McRae meets Jeff Allstein at a supposedly anonymous quickie during the Gay Pride festivities. He recognizes Jeff by the tattoo on the man's arm, you see. Circumstances will ensure that they will meet again and hook up. Alas, Ryan wants a steady relationship, like, now while Jeff is afraid that he may lose custody of his daughter Anna if he comes out and lives openly with Ryan. Of course, at the end of the day Anna's mother is an unworthy ho so Jeff gets full custody and lives happily ever after with Ryan.

That's nice, I must say, but Custom Ride is unfortunately one of those "Yeah, yeah, so what?" stories. Two guys hook up, encounter superficial problems that get easily solved, blow each other and shag here and there, the end. I don't know who the characters are and therefore I really don't feel anything by the end of the story. Really, so what?

Rating: 54

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