Love is blind and thinks that others don’t see either. – Danish Proverb
Flexibility is Maja Rose’s second contribution so far this year to Dreamspinner Press’s Daily Dose Anthologies. Her previous story Made Good Under Pressure was featured in DSP’s “Closet Capers” anthology.
In Flexibility, we meet a pair of Olympic Men’s Gymnastics hopefuls. Jared Glass and Andrew Blackwell have been best friends since grade school and roommates for almost two years. Andrew is gay and, unbeknownst to Jared, Andy is in love with him.
The story opens with Jared’s teammate Sam breaking a leg (literally!) and being replaced on the team by Andrew. Jared reacts badly to this information. He doesn’t want to have to spend more time than necessary with Andrew, but doesn’t understand why. His twin sister, Anna, has a pretty good idea of why, though. She thinks that Jared has been in love with Andy since they were in third grade and held a mock wedding. Where they married each other!
The more Jared thinks about spending much more time with Andy at home and at the gym, the more he gets a warm fuzzy feeling. He refuses to admit to himself that it may be something deeper than friendship until Andrew is involved in a minor car accident.
Suddenly, Jared realizes that he wants to be the one at the hospital comforting Andy, taking care of him. He realizes that his sister just may have been right all along.
Ms. Rose is a young woman of only twenty-one, and I believe she has a long future ahead of her as a gay romance writer.
Reviewed by: Tina