Title: Come Cuddle Me
Author: Missy Welsh
Publisher: Amber Allure
Length: 7k words
Genre: m/m Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2 – Romantic & Tame
Sex Frequency: 2 – Few and Far Between
Keywords/Tags: Short Story, Twinks, Bears, TSTL, First Times
Rating: So So
During a bout of loneliness, Tucker naively posted a half-naked photo of himself on Pronblr and requested that someone come cuddle him for the night. He really did mean cuddling, but he didn’t intend for his friends to reblog his request since it also had his address attached.
Now Tucker has Bill, his hairy, gorgeous, and straight older neighbor, pissed at him for being so stupid while a parade of strangers answer Tucker’s plea…whether he wants their attention or not. Tucker desperately needs someone to save him from himself, and Bill might just be that guy…
What a great setup! Tucker is lonely and depressed, in his bare apartment after being kicked out of his parent’s home for being gay. When he posts a message and photo asking someone to come and cuddle him with his address, he thought it would only go to his two friends. He realizes, faced with his straight and hot bearish neighbor’s stern warning, that it was reflagged to over a hundred people. Then, the men start showing up.
Tucker needs a big bear to protect him, from what could very easily be a scary situation. And Bill is perfect for the job — if Tucker can get Bill to notice him the way he can’t stop starting at all those muscles and curly chest hair.
I’m a big fan of Missy Welsh’s writing, and even though I didn’t quite connect with this story, I’m still a fan. She writes characters that you don’t usually forget, and I really liked these. While I may have felt like Tucker was TSTL, that really comes from the feeling that I didn’t get to know him very well, as much as I would have liked to, or to understand exactly why he’s so naive. We very easily see that he’s lonely and why, but that doesn’t equate naivete, so I felt a disconnect in his character. Besides, I never quite understood the premise. Why did he post his address? Maybe I missed something, but I never understood exactly who his friends were. So it made him seem a little stupid, even though he’s cute as a button! I like Bill quite a bit, but then I’m partial to cuddly, burly bears like him myself. Bill adds a maturity to the situation, and is a very considerate potential suitor.
While what is offered was enjoyable to read and super cute, I still felt like it was the prelude to the real story, and as such didn’t quite draw me in. The pace is quick, in the prose and the plot, and I would have preferred a bit more story, as well as a bit more characterization, which isn’t a terrible thing. If there is a sequel with these guys, I’ll snatch it up to read more. But, as a complete offering in this package, it felt a little thin to me. So, I can only give this one a So So. I want more, but I’m not really that satisfied either.