Title: The Bear at the Bar
Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 29 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Short Story, Magical Realism
At a Glance: Every so often I find myself being drawn in by some odd stories, and this was a good one. It’s a short, easy read that sends a powerful message and melds with a little bit of the mystical.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Dex is a gay Adonis.
When he walks into Seattle’s Ransom bar, heads turn. He can have just about anyone he wants, and he does, every night.
Until he meets a bear at the bar and everything changes.
The Bear at the Bar is a short story originally published in 2014 in the A Taste of Honey anthology.
Review: Dex thinks everyone is jealous of him because he’s a gorgeous man and can get anyone he wants. And he has. On one particular Thursday night at Ransom, he’s approached at the bar by a bear. Dex doesn’t think very highly of bears; in fact, he doesn’t think about them at all, other than they are fat, ugly, and he doesn’t want anything to do with them. Said bear is very polite to Dex, though, and offers to buy him a drink. but Dex is just off-the-charts rude to this man.
On the dance floor, the bear tries one more time to have a decent conversation with Dex, but once again Dex is beyond rude. as the bear walks away, it’s not without a warning for Dex. When Dex wakes up the next morning, he’s in for a shock, and the only person he can rely on who is willing to help him is his ex, David. But even if Dex makes amends, will it get him out of this strange predicament?
The Bear at the Bar is one of the first stories that J. Scott Coatsworth published in 2014. Every so often I find myself being drawn in by some odd stories, and this was a good one. It’s a short, easy read that sends a powerful message and melds with a little bit of the mystical—I’ll go with what the author calls it: magical realism. There isn’t a real in-depth look into all the characters, just Dex and David, but with Colin on the cover of this novella, I’m even more curious about him and Alvin. I would definitely be interested in a sequel to learn more about this mysterious couple.
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