This was part of a “First Time for Everything” package at Dreamspinner Press, a compilation of daily doses, those short stories/novellas you can easily read in one day, maybe right before bed, like I did. Just-You Eyes is actually a long novella, that is good, moreover considering it spans only 1 day (and half a day of recap) in the life of the two men, Elliot and Aleksy; that means there is plenty of building up and chatting between the two men before they end in be (but they WILL end in bed, do not worry). It’s also a many first-times, for both of them: first time Elliot joins the local Speed Dating night, first time he lets himself consider a one-night stands, first time he will not consider the consequences and enjoy the moment. First time for Aleksy, once he leaves the morning after, he has regrets, not of having slept with Elliot, but that he will not have the chance to meet him again.
The story is all Elliot and Aleksy, two boats meeting at night in the dark sea, they flash each other and then everyone to their own path, sailing away for a faraway harbor, London city, that by miles could be just half a day by car, but to experience is right another world. Elliot is like a country flower, those small, apparently fragile flowers, but that can resist the worst winter, he cannot leave in the city, he would be stomped over; but here in the country, he can flourish, and with the right hand, he can open his petals (no pun intended) and be beautiful. Aleksy has only to understand it.