JFC author. Way to scare me.
This one line in the beginning, where the MC is examining himself critically in the mirror, seriously had me worried.
"The last year had turned me into an old woman."
Srsly, my mind screeched to a stop and stared at that line in horror and had me reading the next few pages with trepidation. Cuz, you know, it's all in first person with no indication of pronouns, and I sat there thinking, "Oh, god, this isn't a het
romance, is it?"
Luckily, a few pages later, the character's tentative maleness was established when he stripped off swimming trunks, and later again when he was referred to as "Tim."
But srsly. Not cool.
This piece is weird. The MC's situation is weird, mostly because there's so much unrevealed that gets slowly revealed. It's certainly got charisma, though.
I'm a bit miffed that we never find out what MC does with the knowledge he learned through his investigations and that author ended it on the romance note. It's kind of like what they did in Captain America: The First Avenger. Idk, I just don't like it when they do that because then it seems like they're saying the romance - what there is of it - is the main story and any actiony stuff is sideline, which I guess is borderline okay for M/M...eh. *shrug.
Eh. Whatever. I still liked it overall, and it had nicely written visceral bits.