Cooper is apparently a balanced man, happy with his gay life, out with friends and family and always ready to help a friend in need. But Cooper has also a dark past, a lover who suddenly disappeared without notice, Alec, and now, as suddenly as well, is come back in his life. At first I didn’t like Cooper’s attitude, refusing to give Alec a chance to explain why he did what he did years before, but then I tried to understand him a bit: even if Cooper seems a strong man, he has never overcome the hurting of losing Alec, and now he doesn’t want to risk his heart again. But Cooper is not betting with his heart, since he has never gained it back again, he lost his heart to Alec 10 years before and the heart is still there, in Alec’s hand. So it’s only right that, after a bit of suffering for a little vengeance, Cooper will forgive Alec.
This story is a little different from the usual plot by Stormy Glenn, since there is not an obvious top and bottom. And ab absurbo, both Cooper than Alec are not what the reader is expecting them to be: Cooper is a police detective, Alec a specialist in security, both of them are good candidate to be the leader in the relationship, and maybe the reader is expecting a clashing of titans, a fight to have the upper hand in the relationship, but in the end, when they are in the private of their bedroom, nor Cooper or Alec are superior to each other, and they don’t want to be. This is probably a consequence to have been lovers when they were really young and in a forming period of their life; true, they were apart for 10 years, but they have too much in common, they know each other too much to turn the table of their relationship: Cooper and Alec will always be on the same level, in the bedroom and in life.
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