Title: Heard on High
Author: Lee Benoit
URL: Torquere Press
Other Information/warnings:explicit m/m, naughty words
Summary (from author):
Hal is a composer and director of the local gay men’s chorus. Arlie’s a young tenor who comes highly recommended, but his voice doesn’t measure up to his reputation. Hal likes Arlie a lot, though, and decides to take a chance on him as something more than a singer.
This is a cute seasonal short from an adept writer who just loves her porny little choir boys and their naughty songs. The premise of the story – a boy soprano who doesn’t live up to his early promise when his voice breaks – is all too believable, and though it’s a teeny bit schmaltzy, it’s not too over the top. Arlie has enough sass to leaven the sugar, and he and Hal make a hot little couple. A gay men’s chorus provide the comedy and the snark as counterpoint to the romantic goings on.
A warm and fuzzy accompaniment to mulled wine and mince pies, it doesn’t outstay its welcome at 10,000 words, and if your gorge is rising at the 5,000th rendition of ‘Away in a manger’ or ‘Walking in the air’, this could be the perfect antidote to seasonal floss.