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The One for Me, by Hollis Shiloh

A nice, feel-good story*

(*A free dowload I believe on, I paid $3.11 CAD on Amazon.cca)




hollis shiloh - coverStory blurb: Two boys bond, sharing geeky things and fast food. And falling in love.

When Luke’s parents take in a foster kid named Randall, Luke is immediately taken with him, although he doesn’t want to admit to himself why. He wasn’t planning to be gay. He wasn’t planning to fall in love with another boy. But then he met Ran….

I remember when I first met Ran. He was absolutely unprepossessing, all skinny white boy wearing his insecurities on his sleeves, which were tattered and faded on a too-big flannel shirt. He wore jeans that didn’t quite fit him, cheap tennis shoes that had once been white, and glasses that made his eyes look too big in his scrawny, pale face.

And he was holding a trash bag and standing in the middle of my bedroom looking miserable…

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Review by Gerry Burnie

I was feeling a bit lazy this week, perhaps because of the lousy weather in this part of North America, so I delved into my pile of recommended books to come up with a 76-page novella that fit the bill quite nicely. The One For Me, by Hollis Shiloh [Spare Words Press; 2 edition, July 11, 2013] is a charming, feel-good story, that is bound to please most people who just want a nice, uncomplicated story.

The story commences when Ran (Randall) arrives at Luke’s parent’s home as a ward of the foster care system. This is handled quite nicely with homey bits (macaroni and cheese, etc.), and the author wastes no time in bringing the two boys closer together by some rather clever business involving a video blog and arm-around-the-shoulder, buddy-buddy stuff.

As the story progresses we learn that Rand is a closely-guarded, closet gay, (of necessity), and Luke is just discovering his sexual preference; however, it is all handled in an angst-free way, which I believe is so in most cases.

The sex is minimal and discreetly handled, and altogether it is a charming read when you just want to relax without complications. Four bees.


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August 18, 2014 - Posted by | a love story, Brothers in love, Gay fiction


  1. Mr. Burnie,

    I think that it merely slipped your mind when you wrote: “Luke is just discovering his sexual preference. . . .”

    I think you know that one discovers her/his sexual orientation. One does not discover a sexual preference.

    Comment by John D. Cox | August 18, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks for your comment, John, and your visit.

      I tend to see the two as symbiotic. All things being equal, I think one’s sexual preference defines one’s sexuality, and vice versa. This is particularly true of bisexuals — which I believe are emotionally one way, and physically another.

      Good debating point, though. 🙂


      Comment by Gerry B. | August 19, 2014 | Reply

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