Rough Draft by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Rough Draft
Author: Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
Genre: Gay Romance/Erotica
URL: Torquere Books
Price: US $5.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m sex
Summary [from the publisher]:
Grey and Paul were good friends in college. Good friends with privileges. But they haven’t been together in years. When Grey puts pen to paper and writes Paul a letter, he half expects it to be ignored. But Paul writes back and their old flame is rekindled.

Or is it? Has too much water gone under the bridge or can Grey and Paul reconnect and deal with the issues that took them in different directions after college?

Tune into this epistolary romance and find out!

My review:

Gray is a college professor in a small New England town. Paul is a construction worker and children’s theater director in California. Gray and Paul were once friends and lovers, but upon graduation went their separate ways. After five years, Gray decides to rekindle that old friendship by writing a letter to Paul.

Rough Draft is a story told mostly in letters. The letters Gray and Paul exchange are sweet, angry, hurtful, sexy and very revealing, sharing details about their jobs, friends, lovers, and eventually their own feelings for each other. Right from the first page, I was hooked.

Rough Draft was unpredictable and full of surprises. At times, it looked as if Paul and Gray really had a chance of getting together and working out their past differences. At others, it looked as if their relationship would end before it got started.

I really enjoyed the letters between the two men and was hoping their meeting would be as satisfying. Just like in their letters, there was difficulty in communicating, issues to be worked out, and the start of a promising relationship. There were also a number of interesting and well-developed secondary characters that added depth to the story.

I really loved this story! It tugged at my heartstrings and made me really care for Paul and Gray. It also makes me want to start writing letters again.

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