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A Bayou Boys (Sean and Rusty) short story:Rusty Duchene and Sean Delahunt are each other’s first loves. Emotionally rough high school years and financially draining college years have drawn them closer together and now, with Sean graduating, they are ready to enjoy all the good life their beloved city, New Orleans, has to offer. Laissez les bons temps rouler!After a toughA Bayou Boys (Sean and Rusty) short story:Rusty Duchene and Sean Delahunt are each other’s first loves. Emotionally rough high school years and financially draining college years have drawn them closer together and now, with Sean graduating, they are ready to enjoy all the good life their beloved city, New Orleans, has to offer. Laissez les bons temps rouler!After a tough job search, Sean is offered his dream job—in Boston. But for Rusty, moving to Boston means leaving the career and the family he loves. Stay or go? Either way, someone loses. Will their love survive the sacrifice? This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.Meant To Be is the first story in the Bayou Boys series and is for free as a single download or in the Love Has No Boundaries anthology volume 3...

Title : Meant to Be
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ISBN : 18619656
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 34 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Meant to Be Reviews

  • Exina
    2019-04-25 21:19

    The blurb tells it all.It was an okay story with an abrupt ending. Not bad, but nothing spectacular or memorable either.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-05-23 01:13

    A very sweet picture prompt and an equally sweet story to go with it from the great LHNB event.Sean and Rusty, best friends and the love of each others lives.They have been a couple forever it seems, they have made it through Rusty being disowned and now after finishing college with a boatload of debt Sean can't seem to find a job.Stress and decisions are weighing on them. It's a short, sweet read, Sean is so shy and quiet and feels like heneedsto finally contribute and support himself. I can very much understand his thoughts and wishes, although I get Rusty too.These two are going to make it, I have no doubt.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-05-22 02:22

    This was a short, sweet look into the lives of Sean and Rusty. They have been friends then lovers as Sean went through college and Rusty worked for his family's landscaping business in New Orleans. Now Sean has a job offer but it will mean Rusty moving away from the only place that has ever been home. I liked both of these well developed characters and their reactions to the stresses of tough decision making. That there is a sequel story is pure icing on the cake.

  • Sunne
    2019-05-13 02:29

    Haha, okay, I'm biased, I admit it. It was my pic and promt and I really was curious what would happen to it because to be honest - it wasn't the most original promt ;)But that makes it even more sweet because Chris Cox managed to built a whole relationship, two elaborated MCs with enough background to make me feel like I knew them their whole life, and a storyline exactly to my liking. So she did something really heartbreaking with my promt *sniff*.I was feeling Sean's anguish and pain so much. Why, oh why did I ask for some angst again?Thanks, this was really good. I loved how you built up the contrast between Rusty, so confident, secure and settled and Sean, insecure, rattled and searching.I would have loved for the ending a bit more elaborate, Rusty's change of attitude came a bit too fast for me, but it's a short.Thank you - you did more than I expected with less words than I assumed. Really clever :D4,5 stars

  • Vivian
    2019-05-12 02:32

    Tough decisions.These are the ones in life that tear you apart. Rusty and Sean have a choice to make--it means a sacrifice for one of them--and their relationship is on the line. Love requires constant tending, it can't be ignored. With out right or wrong to make the easy call, which will they decide.

  • Meggie
    2019-05-25 00:43

    This story didn't appeal to me, mostly because it was to short and boring.

  • Helle
    2019-05-07 03:21

    Gift from Debbie :-) Thank you sweetie Merry Christmas with family, friends, love, happiness and laugh *Hugs* *Happy*

  • Trisha Harrington
    2019-04-26 20:28

    This wasn't bad at all. But the way this ended was kinda unrealistic in a bad way. I don't think you normally make up with someone like that after such a serious argument.

  • Brooklyn
    2019-04-28 22:29

    Good story but I hate how it ended. I felt nothing was truly resolved between them and Rusty was just giving in. Maybe not, but that's how it came across to me.

  • Kinga
    2019-04-30 03:32

    Good, very good. Adult responsibility and wanting to have independence from parents it's a tough one and it's portrayed in a realistic light in the story. I'm so glad for the (view spoiler)[HEA!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] , I loved these two.

  • Janie
    2019-05-03 21:38

    I really liked this story, but it was such an angsty deal for Rusty when he heard Sean wanted to take the job, and then he just decides its okay. I felt like the ending was seriously rushed and it ruined the story for me after that.

  • Roger - president of NBR United -
    2019-05-21 19:23

    This is a good solid read and it seem to me who read book 4 first to be a returning to rusty and sean going to try to get in all four in this series in the middle of two now just need to get a hold of three and I will just have to love the entire series. I just love Sean and Rusty.

  • Camille
    2019-05-06 02:23

    This was wonderful....emotionally evocative for me.

  • Melanie~~
    2019-05-05 00:32

    A very sweet story. I loved Sean and Rusty. Can't wait to read more![NOTE: I rate most writing event stories (free reads) 4 or 5 stars because of my appreciation of the author's participation.]

  • Tailtiu
    2019-05-03 20:14

    3,7* downgrade because the ending was to rushed. (view spoiler)[Rusty goes from fighting and big NO to relocating to YES and proposal(compete with rings!!!) in one night (hide spoiler)]

  • Virginia
    2019-05-01 23:37

    Very realistic vibe to this LHNB short. Tough choices and real life problems in this emotional little short.

  • Anna Kļaviņa
    2019-05-20 19:32

    1.5Short and sweet also boring.

  • Hrtnsoul28
    2019-04-25 03:29

    Looking forward to another look into Sean and Rustys life.

  • T.M. Smith
    2019-04-25 03:41

    This was just the sweetest series of Novella’s that occupied my morning and left a big smile on my face!The story of Rusty and Sean started out when they were just children and as teenagers they realized they wanted something more from each other. Exploration and discovery led to love. With the complete support of one family, and ignorance and hatred from the other, one would think they could find a balance and tip the scales toward happiness. They manage to maintain a relationship through college, separation and a move to a new city. In Meant To Be, Sean has just graduated and is having some trouble finding a job. Rusty and his family have always been there for him, loved and supported him even when his only family turned their back on him. But he wants to be a man and be able to provide for himself. When a job offer takes him away from Rusty, will the separation make them stronger? Or tear them apart.In Moving On it’s been two long months that Sean has been in Boston training for his new job. Rusty has decided that wherever Sean is, that is where he should be. So he’s packed up their stuff and awaits Sean’s arrival so his parents can say their goodbyes to their boys as well, before taking a chance and leaving everything he’s ever known behind. Everything but the most important thing, Sean.In Tricked Up for Treats, Sean and Rusty are settling into their new lives in their extremely small, yet extremely expensive apartment in Boston. Now the tables have turned and Sean is the bread winner with Rusty unable to secure a job. He finds the odd job here and there, determined to pull his own weight, when he comes across a flyer for a Halloween drag contest. Without talking to Sean first, he signs them up and prays his lover will play along. This series was just such good fun! The constant throughout all three installments is the love that Rusty and Sean share, a love they’ve shared for over a decade. Cox managed to put a lot of content in the few pages of each story as well. Both young men struggle at different times but usually for the same core reason. Sean still has emotional baggage, even if he has buried it deep, from the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father when he told him he was gay. Rusty and his family have helped him to heal tremendously over the years by giving him noting but love and acceptance, but such things leave lifelong scars.I loved how Cox would show the vulnerability of the characters and then allow their counterpart to reassure and coax them back with love and tenderness. There are no full sex scenes but there is a lot of passion, kissing and blow jobs to keep the reader satisfied. Innuendos of sexiness were dropped like bread crumbs in each book, and I think that only added to the joy of this series. Sometimes just a suggestion and your imagination are quite enough. If you are looking for a fun read to fill a couple of hours, or if you are having a blah day, grab these three stories, I guarantee they will leave a smile on your face!

  • Penumbra
    2019-05-01 03:21

    Meant To Be? was written by Chris Cox for the M/M Romance Group's Love Has No Boundaries picture prompt event.(view spoiler)[Sean has had a rough time of it since he came out to his family. Tossed out and struggling to stay in school, it's his lover Rusty and Rusty's family that take Sean in and help him stay on his feet. Only Sean never feels good enough and always feels like a burden to Rusty and his parents.Rusty on the other hand had no problem coming out to his family and they accepted Sean as one of their own. Rusty is content with the way things are, living close to his family and taking care of Sean. Sean on the other hand doesn't want any more handouts. He wants to make it on his own and become independent.This story is told in third person through the alternating viewpoints of both Sean and Rusty. The pov changes were well defined except for at the ending where there was a single word written 'Or-'That word made me think that the person thinking that word, in this case Sean, knew what Rusty was going to do next in the following paragraphs. It confused me a bit and pulled me out of the story trying to figure out why it was there because it doesn't seem necessary.The author did a good job of conveying Sean's feelings of insecurity, dejection after another failed interview and his depression. I could easily imagine how Sean behaved and his body postures.As to Rusty, I could tell he had a more privileged life from his background history, but I think I would have wanted it conveyed earlier in the story that Rusty was very reluctant to leave his family and the area he grew up in because it would have created more tension between the two men throughout the story. I would have liked to see more of how Rusty was spoiled with having life so easy for him and that's why he was so reluctant to leave when asked.I enjoyed this story. Quick and easy to read with a good conveyance of Sean's moods. I give this 3.5 stars and raise it to 4 stars because I like the way Sean's feelings were presented. (hide spoiler)]

  • joani
    2019-05-20 19:31

    Tough CallI don't know if this is a first book in a series or not. I walked into established relationship between Rusty and Sean. They share a love of a lifetime and I really was able to feel the intensity of the emotions they feel for each other. They are at a crossroads of growing into men and making life altering choices, in which one needs to sacrifice their own comfort for the other. It's a really tough call! Obviously the decision is made at the end and we see where this journey takes them in the next part in the series. I gave only three stars because I hate reading a serial type of series. Too soap opera feel to me. I enjoy a full novel with an end and continuing a series the same way.

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-05-02 03:21

    This book completely shocked me on a couple different levels, and in a completely good way!When I started the book, I thought it would be all about sex, and it wasn’t at all. This was an honest to goodness book about a relationship that is going through a tough decision and how they deal with it. One thing that I loved about this book was the problem they were facing wasn’t solved with sex. Because let’s be honest here, sex doesn’t solve any problems.The characters in this book were extremely likeable and I would love to read more about them in the future. My only complaint about this book is how short it is. I think that it would have been better as a longer story instead of broken up into pieces.Overall, I did enjoy the book!

  • Amber
    2019-04-24 03:20

    I liked this story alot until the end. It has a perfectly nice HEA I like but (view spoiler)[they fight where we don't even see then they are in bed with Rusty proposing? I felt like I missed a whole lot there. I really think it would have helped to have Sean tell Rusty about his job then have Rusty talking to his brother to see who that changed his mind would have worked better. As it was I had no idea why Rusty would fight with Sean if he was just going to agree to move.It just seemed rushed in the end to me and I lost the thread to the characters. (hide spoiler)]

  • J
    2019-05-11 22:28

    Set aside after 25%. I was willing to overlook finding true love with a best friend since elementary school, and the big, cliched heartstrings tug of rejection by their families, but when an MC is seriously considering guyliner for an interview to be a mechanical engineer in the Deep South as part of 'being himself,' while wondering why he didn't get the job offer after a dozen other meetings, it just got too aggravating to continue. 1 of 3 disastifying reads last night. A big strike out for me.

  • Asynia
    2019-05-09 22:21

    Sweet story about two young men who have been together for a time and now they have a difficult decision to make. I wish that the author would make this one into a longer story, even with this brief story I found myself caring about what happens next and what their future will be like. Kudos to the author for managing to write interesting characters in so few pages.Note: I automatically add an extra star to M/M Romance Group Free Read stories, since I'm greatful to the authors who share their work with us this way.

  • Paula Coots
    2019-05-10 00:18

    I've promised myself that I will review everything I read as long as it's not under three stars. If it's under that, why read it in the first place? The characters seem sweet and in love, a very simple short story. Good characterization is key to me as a reader. And having said that, since I haven't read the whole series, I felt like I could see the players quite clearly, so that's a promising start.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-04-27 03:18

    Beautiful short story about Rusty and Sean. Sean just graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been unable to find a job. Rusty works for his family's landscaping business. When Sean is offered a job in Boston it creates turmoil for the two young men. Fortunately, Rusty realizes where his heart belongs and the two have their HEA. Many thanks to the author for participating in LHNB and giving us such a wonderful story for free.

  • Michael
    2019-05-14 21:39

    A very sweet short romance storyA very real romance with all the problems that come with it. The characters are well drawn and believable as is the situation. I wound up falling in love with both of them and it renewed my hopes for good gay romantic fiction. Looking forward to the next book!

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-25 22:32

    I was completely engaged the entire story... it maybe short but it wasnt lacking. i feel im going to be completely caught up in these two. I see where Sean is coming from, being shunned by his father and all. I understand his need to prove to himself his self worth and making it on his own. I respect that in him and I can see Rusty does too.

  • K
    2019-05-16 19:31

    LHNB story released 30.7.13Heading to 3.5 starsVery sweet story of a young couple who have been together since their teenage years as they face the difficulties associated with finally finishing with school and moving into employment and careers. The story is well written but the characters felt a little flat to me.