This is a beautiful short story clocking in at only 65 pages, but take the author’s name and add Virgin Hero to the description and if you aren’t one clicking then I don’t know what to do with you.
Let’s start over. Rennie is an artist who specializes in metal sculptures. She takes a warehouse in a dodgy part of North Minneapolis to carry out her work, but it keeps getting broken into at night and her metals stolen. So she places an advert for someone to rent the bedroom above her workspace for free, as they’ll provide a deterrent and be around to call the police if the thieves come back.
Enter Luka, huge and Viking-tastic with long blond hair and eyes like the center-part of a flame. He’s quiet and everything he says is weighted with meaning and sprinkled with a hint of tragedy. He’s also a dead ringer for Chris Hemsworth. Yup.
Rennie, with her lengths of necklaces and wild curly hair instantly has a lady boner for the guy, but she tries her very best to be professional.
“My gut was pretty ironclad but sometimes my pussy got invested and messed things up in terms of my people-reading skills.”
I liked her style and she made me laugh.
“My pain was attracted to his pain. And maybe some part of me wanted to heal him with my magic vagina or the power of a blow job or some shit.”
She calls his references which all check out, and offers him the room.
Now as with all O’Keefe’s tales, our hero and heroine have meaningful back stories which have in some way shaped them and mostly are continuing to do so. Luka’s is so strange, but he shot straight into my heart like a romance arrow. Think isolation and mountains and you’ll get the gist.
Despite this being a short story (all from Rennie’s POV) it takes a while for him and Rennie to get close – she’s got her own reasons for keeping people at bay – but it’s so tender when they do. And did I say Virgin Hero? Cos hello, hold me, please, and send me your inexperienced guys. I’ll read them all.
“I don’t know how to do this,” he said.
“Well, so far we’re doing sex and posole. And I think you’re pretty amazing at that. Unless you don’t like soup—”
“I like soup.”
“Then we’re rock stars.”
Rating: A cos she’s the queen and can do no wrong
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We Are All Found Things
by Molly O’Keefe
Release Date: November 15, 2016