Dazzle Me

25587452When it’s one of those days…

Tom has been planning for months, but in those plans he never once found himself on a spa table in Bangkok on his and Santino’s one year anniversary. He doesn’t do aeroplanes, doesn’t like the tropical climate, and he does not do spas.

Yet there he is, without a stitch of clothing, and with a man he’s never met before. He’ll do his best to enjoy his day and then he’ll give Santino the best anniversary imaginable, even if it means he has to be covered in chopped-up veggies for an entire day…

…if only it were veggies.


Part of “Summer Bigger Than Others – A Summer Anthology” from Beaten Track Publishing.


“You’ll never guess what happened today!” Santino was bouncing on the balls of his feet, gesturing wildly. God, he looked young when he was fluttering about like that. Right in the middle of his sentence he decided it was time to come inside. I managed to dodge his waving hands as he squeezed his way into my flat, completely unaware of the hazard his flailing was causing.


“Mr. Angello—” he went up on tiptoe and gave me a quick peck “—asked me to come to a meeting today.”

Mr. Angello? Half of Santino’s family worked at the same firm, so it was a bit hard to know which Mr. Angello he was talking about, but given his excitement… “Enrico?”

“Yes, Enrico.” He added some impatient flapping to make his point.

“Then why didn’t you just say—”

“Oh, for God’s sake, Tommy-boy!” My skin prickled as I pursed my lips. Tommy-boy. What grown man would ever accept being called Tommy-boy? “Enrico, my uncle—Mr. Angello—asked me to join them in the big-boy meeting room today. And guess what? You’ll never guess.” He sucked in a breath of air—apparently he did run out of oxygen every now and then. “We’re going to Thailand!”

“No.” We were not going to Thailand. I would not be going to Thailand, not now, not ever. It was out of the question.

“Please…” He flashed his hazel eyes at me, almost compelling me to give in on the spot, but no.

“No. I don’t want to go to Thailand, I’ve never wanted to go to Thailand, and I don’t think I’ll ever want to go to Thailand.”

“Why do you always have to be so grumpy?”


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Review quotes:

“You guys will love this story, it is delightful, sweet and laugh out loud funny! Thanks Ofelia, for packing a big punch with this wonderful little story!” — Bike Book Reviews (Full Review)

“A short story the way that short stories are supposed to be. I loved this, because in her own way the author connected me to the main character.” — Love Bytes|Same Sex Book Reviews (Full Review)

“This was a fun, light-hearted read. It’s told from Tom’s point of view, so we only get to see Santino through Tom’s eyes and it is pretty obvious from the start that Tom is madly in love with him and will do anything for him. Even if it means enduring some rather unorthodox spa treatments.” — Zipper Rippers Reviews (Full Review)

“Hysterical! Poor Tom goes through so much to have the perfect anniversary with Santino. Of course it doesn’t turn out the way he expects either. But the happy ending is so sweet. I laughed at some of the things Tom had to deal with. I enjoyed the writing and hope to read more by this author and maybe even these two men.” — Molly Lolly (Full Review)

Beaten Track authors present fourteen short summer reads filled with friendship, romance and, of course, enough heat to make your ice lolly dribble.

Summer Bigger Than Others takes you away to your own private island of diverse stories that will make your summer days sweet, sizzling and sexy.

From relaxing on a sandy beach or hiking in the great outdoors, to nights at the opera or days at the strawberry farm, an adrenaline-shooting roller coaster rush awaits.

Make this summer the best it’s ever been; make it bigger than all the others.


Aligning North – K.C. Faelan
Aloha? Oy! – Jonathan Penn
Anything or Nothing – Terry Kerr
Dazzle Me – Ofelia Gränd
Fang and Fortune – L.L. Bucknor
Finally – Amelia Mann
Home is Where the Hard is – Caraway Carter
Offline – L.M. Steel
Ribbons and Frills – Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Roller Coaster – J P Walker
The Strawberry Farm – Victoria Milne
Ultimate Summer – Alexis Woods
Waking Up in Vegas – Hunter Frost
Will…You Have Me(?) – Shayla Mist



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