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Shining Victory by K.C. Kendricks
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Shining Victory is a nice May December novella. Stacy is a 40 years old business man; he has a comfortable life, a good job and a beautiful home, but he is alone. Truth be told, he is not searching hard someone to fill the void: when he was 20 years old Stacy was charged for assaulting a 16 years old boy he was teaching martial arts. Obviously Stacy was innocent, but the experience weighted on him and now he is weary when trusting someone else. Even is consciously Stacy tells to himself that he doesn't need a man near him, all his attitude is for finding that one man.

Even if Stacy is 40 years old, he is still behaving like half his age; he lost that part of his youth and I think he missed it. So when he meets Levi, 25 years old but look younger, it's like a second chance to be young. Levi is all strutting and cocky attitude, and that leads Stacy to believe that he is dealing with someone old enough to have a relationship with. Even if they joke on the age difference, Stacy calling Levi 'puppy', and Levi calling Stacy 'old man' or 'daddy', all in all they seem quite on the same level. There is not strict roles in the relationship, no top or bottom, not daddy / boy game.

Till this moment the novella was nice and enjoyable, but average; it was a good read but it didn't give any particular thrill. I was already filing it in the nice reads, when the author chose to give a shift to it: it comes out that Levi is not so experienced as he appears, that he is not out with his family and that probably Stacy is his first male lover. The balanced roles are now shattered, Stacy is facing his worst fear, to be framed once again of corrupting a young man. And this new side of Levi gives him also a deepness that he was before lacking. Truth, the shift brings back the story to a more ordinary may / december theme, but all in all I prefer it like this.

Overall the story is not so dramatic, the main focus of it is for Stacy and Levi to find a way to rebalance their relationship. The point is that, the age difference is there and it matters. Levi, even if he parades himself around like an independent man, is still a young boy who has not had the chance to grow into a full man. On the other side, Stacy is a grown man who wants to still feel the thrill of a 25 years old man. The two together complete each other and give to both of them the chance to have what they want. I think their is a potential good relationship, even if I wonder what will happen when Levi will realize the power he has on his hand, the power of youth.

  elisa.rolle | Aug 31, 2009 |
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