No Strings is a short read, about thirty pages, but was it hot and sexy. And more than that, it had so much feeling and emotion behind it. For such a short read, I became really invested in this couple. Zeke and Diane are two lost souls, striving to recover from the loss of a loved one, just two people hurting and in need of love and comfort. And while I liked Diane very much, Zeke was the one who demanded all my attention and the one I fell in love with.
Zeke is that tatted, rough around the edges bad boy that gets me every time. His dirty talk and rough exterior mask a very vulnerable man so full of longing and hurt. Along with the incredibly hot sex and that take control attitude in the bedroom, it is Zeke's vulnerability that pulls me in, and it is what haunts me. He is just so unhappy, living this life of limbo, with bitterness and resentment as companions. Then along comes Diane, and he takes this one chance to feel alive and to feel connected to something besides pain.
I was expecting to read a quick bite of erotica and to get hot and bothered by it, but I wasn't expecting to meet one unforgettable hero. I only hope the author gives Zeke a longer story. Zeke deserves one, and I personally feel that he requires it. There is so much more here to explore with this special hero- his story, his torment, the decisions he will have to make.
There is a certain bittersweetness at the ending of this short, but given the very solid connection these two characters made, I feel there is a real hope for them. I really want that for them, and I especially want a devoted love for Zeke, a love that makes him whole. I actually can't get him off my mind. I'm wondering what will happen to him, wondering what his story will be after that final page.
What a man Zeke is. Like a diamond in the rough, very much flawed and gritty and unpolished but still intrinsically beautiful and special. I loved this short story and this hero. Both are completely hot, sexy and raw with emotion and feeling. I warn you that after you've read this story, you'll be left thinking of Zeke, wanting to know more about him, and wanting him to have the happiness he deserves.