Reviewed by: Sooz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Approximate word count: 8,000-9,000 words
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Alex Clermont was born in New York City. Much of his writing career has focused on artists and musicians. He was the managing editor of “Plateau,” a quarterly print magazine that focused on independent musicians.
Learn more about Alex at his website.
Andrew is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend when his friend calls to ask for a favor. He needs him to fill in as an usher at his cousin’s wedding because of a bad moment at the bachelor party that wound up with someone in jail. Andrew helps his friend, but finds himself getting more out of the wedding than he ever anticipated.
A break up can make people do crazy things: forage on foods, sleep all day or falling for the wrong people to get over it. Human nature often makes people crave things they can’t or shouldn’t have, indulging in the forbidden.
Alex Clermont dives into this realm in his short story, looking at what could make someone be unfaithful – even on their wedding day.
Clermont’s story is realistic regardless of how you feel about the actions of the characters. The truth is people are complicated, scared and passionate.
When you pull the layers back to reveal all of those emotions, you get a quick tale like Clermont’s, a sensual piece that does not apologize for doing what feels right. It’s a snippet in Andrew’s life, who looks on at his friend’s family life, craving what he didn’t get to have when he was a child.
But you know what he learned? Nothing is perfect. Not the two live birds pictured on top of the cake, not the big family that loves and makes you laugh and not even the perfect girl who you can’t forget about.
Sexual scenes and cursing.
Rating: **** Four Stars