In the mode for some fluff? Unexpected Homecoming by A.J. Henderson is a cute short story about Ben who gets thrown out by his boyfriend and has to go back home to live with his dad. Matt is the local veterinarian and Ben’s high school crush. When they meet after all these years sparks are flying but Ben is being careful, not sure he wants to date again. This is a story filled with small-town charm, nosy relatives, and dogs.
Unexpected Homecoming was written for last year’s Don’t Read in the Closet event, Love is an Open Road. If you’re a member of Goodreads M/M Romance Group you know what it is, if not it’s a yearly event put together by the group where 200 authors donate one story each (or in some cases more than one). Readers send in a prompt including a photo and text about what kind of story they want and an author writes it. This means that there are hundred upon hundred of free M/M stories out there. They vary from sweet-no-sex to tentacle smut or graphic violence, all depending on what the readers have suggested. I have written in the event twice and it’s really fun.
After being dumped by his boss-lover and losing his job, Ben is forced to pack his stuff and his beloved dog and return home to stay with his Dad and grandmother. Ben is not too happy going back to the small-town since it has been his dream to get out of there.
Until Ben finds out that his high-school crush, Matt, is still around, now working as a town veterinarian. And to his surprise Matt is out and currently single. Now it seems that his own dog, his supporting Dad, and the rest of the nosy town residents, especially the elderly bingo-gang lead by his own grandma, are playing matchmaker for Ben and Matt. Guess going back to his home town might be the best decision for Ben after all.
Two men in a pool, one man sitting on the other’s shoulders. A golden retriever stands in the water next to them. A house and trees are visible in the background.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s“Love is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
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