Title: Changing the Guard
Author: Peter Hansen
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Length: 21 pages, 7,500 words
Genre: m/m, Science Fiction, BDSM/Kink
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 3 – Average Romance to Sex Ratio
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, HFN, Military, Fetish, Interracial, Dub-Con
Rating: Me Like
Tomi Vuorela works security in a frozen off-world outpost. The terrain is unforgiving, especially when it comes to maintaining any semblance of a social life. Any guest is typically a welcome one, provided they’re cleared for a refueling or part of IntelServ. Tomi knows his machinery, however, and when a suspicious landskimmer heads toward the his remote access node, Tomi must determine if the interloper is a harmless workman or a dangerous terrorist.
Andile Harper introduces himself as an engineer, but Tomi would rather play it safe than turn his back on a hacker in disguise. When Andile’s story doesn’t check with his own records, Andile’s in for a world of trouble. Normally, keeping a man at gunpoint until backup arrives would be out of the question. But when Andile starts to play with fire, Tomi finds he’s more than eager to hold a gun to the intruder’s head and make his own personal set of demands.
This little story was a real gem. Even though it is only 21 pages, I really enjoyed it and zipped through reading it faster than I normally would have.
The blurb does a very good job of explaining what the story is about. I’ve always been a fan of new and interesting worlds so the setting of this story was really something for me. An essentially frozen location with no one or anything for miles and miles around. The fact this story is scifi and deals with inter-galaxy intelligence agencies and all that had me glued to the screen.
The two characters – Tomi and Andile – where interesting even if they weren’t fleshed out like I would have preferred. Tomi is the one working security for a remote access node while Andile is the ‘engineer’ and suspected hacker trying to steal the node’s data. Tomi is by the book and handles Andile mostly as protocol states. The attraction between the two isn’t intense but it’s there and something you notice right away. When they act on that attraction, they realize they both have a certain gun kink that cranks their engines. It was hot but not as intense as it could have been and fit the story perfectly.
I really liked the way the author wrote these two. I liked how their sexual tastes matched up and the way it had a dubious consent feel to it. I also liked how there was an attempt for the characters to get to know each other as well as the little twist in the end. The only thing wrong with this story is the length and overall lack of details. I’d really love to read more about these boys especially with the way it ended. I’d love to see where they venture off too and what happens with them next.
Definitely recommended for those looking for a hot, quick read. I know I’ll be looking forward to more stories by Mr. Hansen and I’m hoping there will be a sequel soon :)