by Alina Popescu
Genres: Gay (M/M), Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Wynn Brenwood has been trapped by his mother since birth, shut away in a sterile, hospital-like apartment.
Is it her desire to keep him safe that sees him locked up in his pristine cage? Or are her motives less innocent and well-intentioned?
Wynn longs to break free to experience the world he sees beyond his window.
Desperate to escape, he meets Doyle, a handsome, leather-clad, and enigmatic stranger.
But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Craving Stains started out with an interesting premise, the relationship between Wynn and his mother is well written and emotional. When Wynn starts interacting with Doyle is where the story starts to break down. The mystery behind their contact is executed in a disjointed manor that is confusing. The scenes they share are passionate, but lack emotional chemistry. CRAVING STAINS ended up being a miss for me. I was left scratching my head and wishing that the initial potential been present throughout the entire story. Additional scenes with more communication between Wynn and Doyle would have greatly enhance this short story. I wanted to like this story more than I did due to the engaging beginning; it wasn't terrible, just forgettable.
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.