Please Don't Go

Please Don't Go - Felice Stevens Originally posted at Sinfully.

This isn’t a second chance at love story, but a story of reunited friends who have to overcome their past pain and feelings of loss in order to take their first chance at real love.

I was immediately in love with Danny. His loneliness and lack of self-confidence stemming from the fact that everyone he loved in the past has left him, whether of their own choice or not, was heartbreaking. Fifteen years ago, the only friend he had also left him without a word. That pain has stuck with him. Though they were only teenagers and only friends, Danny’s hero worship/crush on Paul has colored so much of his life. When Paul shows up to work at the same office all the hurt comes back and Danny is skeptical of Paul’s attempts to rekindle their friendship and of his apparent attraction.

Paul has thought of Danny often since he was forced to leave his home at 16. He is thrilled when he finds Danny working in the office he just transferred to, but puzzled by his cold reception. Paul is determined to show Danny just how he feels, but for some reason he is hesitant to open up to Danny about why he had to leave. I’ll admit this bothered me a little since I was firmly in Danny’s corner from page one. Paul expects Danny to welcome him back with open arms but he holds back on talking about why he left and that refusal is the one thing that keeps making Danny push him away.

Each segment opens with a flashback to interactions between Paul and Danny as teens and sets the tone for understanding Danny’s grief over Paul’s disappearance and his hesitance to jump right back in to their friendship. It also managed to pour a lot of emotion into this short tale. Danny really makes Paul work for it, but when everything is laid bare, it’s all worth it. Clearly meant to be together, the two have a passionate and intense bond and are very hot together.

The story is short, but it’s a wonderful friends-to-lovers story that’s emotional, sweet, sexy and of course quite romantic too.