If you are not familiar with the work of Tamara Allen , then this (very) short story is the perfect introduction.
Set during the Great Depression, it brings together two men from different ends of the social scale, who have both fallen on hard times. If you are looking for overblown emotions, and overt erotica - move on. Allen's style is spare and elegant. Not at word is wasted. Her characters are fully evolved, complex individuals. This mini-tale is moving , humourous and well researched. Her depiction of the Depression with its flop-houses, breadlines and despair, are beautifully drawn. Better yet, even against this background she is able to find hope and romance between two very different men. It is an uplifting story.
All the Allen trademarks are there; attention to historical detail (including accurate speech patterns), sharp dialogue, and a genuine feel for male romance. The sex scenes are tasteful, and that makes them more erotic than the more overt ones to be found in other gay fiction.
I have read all her offerings to date, and can recommend Whistling in the Dark
, and The Only Gold
, without hesitation. Try them, you will not be disappointed. She is one of the few authors who has raised m/m fiction to a higher level, and deserves a wider audience.
She has a unique 'voice' , and is an author to be treasured.