Monday, December 18, 2017

Trading Tridents by C.M. Taylor – Stocking Stuffers

DecemberCon 2017. John Perlan, aka YouTuber “SmileyNibor,” has come to the con for one reason and one reason only: to see his idol, actor Derek Kitow. And since Derek has announced he’ll be dressed as the original Aquaman, Perlan decides to come as the Aquaman reboot. It helps that he already has the beard and the bod to make a convincing Momoaman.

But when Derek Kitow makes his entrance, he recognizes Perlan from his tiny YouTube channel and wants him onstage! Has Kitow been following him online? Could SmileyNibor’s hero also be a fan? And what exactly does Kitow have in mind by inviting Perlan to meet him after the panel?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Trading Tridents is every star struck, celebrity stalking, fangirl or fanboy’s fantasy come true. When John gets the chance to attend a convention where his celebrity crush is speaking, he jumps at it, going so far as to cosplay as the modern version of the same character his idol will be dressed as, Aquaman. While John was happy just to see Kitow speak, his dream came true when the actor not only saw him in the crowd, but also pulled him on stage while stating that he recognized John from his YouTube channel and an advertising campaign. SWOON! But the dream quickly becomes a fantasy come true when Kitow invites John back to his trailer for some one-on-one time. Some hot and sweaty and sexy one-on-one time.

What I liked about this story was that Kitow did not come off as an entitled star expecting John to drop trou just because Kitow deigned to speak to him. Rather, Kitow seems to be as enamored by John as John is with him – a little reverse celebrity worship taking place. I found this angle to be sweet and it made Kitow seem more approachable. I also enjoyed the trident demonstration scene... it was HAWT! That said, I did not like the post-sex conversation where Kitow tries to help John articulate his concerns about his loss of control during the scene. The “Because if you pretend to be a rapist, what does that make you?” line unnerved me. While I think I understand what the author was trying to communicate, the failure to take the next step and have Kitow remind John that he had consented prior to the scene and that he never once used his safe word meant that the act was consensual. But leaving that out and continuing the conversation the way it occurred, it’s as if the characters are equating rough sex with rape and that just bugs me. I enjoyed Taylor’s writing style and most of the story, but that one troubling aspect of Trading Tridents means that I cannot give the novelette more than three stars. I do, however, hope to check out more of the author’s work in the future.

C.M. TAYLOR was born in California and raised in Houston, Texas. She was raised evangelical and attended a private Baptist school where she was taught the dangers of demons, depravity, Darwin, and Democrats. In that order. She currently lives in Oregon where she has three children who require constant adoration and a house that is largely left to fend for itself. Her domestic skills are poor. Her husband handles the tasks of making money, cooking, and yard work.

She loves all things Final Fantasy (especially VII) and Star Trek (especially Deep Space Nine). Taylor began writing regularly when she discovered fanfiction and realized she had been writing fanfics since grade school. As the fanfiction world is filled with yaoi and crack pairings, the transition to writing LGBTQ+ romance was a logical one. She identifies as pansexual.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: Trading Tridents by C.M. Taylor to read and review.

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