Title: Boyfriend in a Bottle
Author: Shona Husk
Release date: 28 January 2014
Type: Short Story
His only wish is to be free…
For centuries Gage has existed only to fulfill the most intimate desires of the woman who holds his bottle. Now Gage has a wish of his own—to be a real man and a have a real life even though he knows it’s an impossible dream. This time he plans to take his bottle and break it just to see what will happen.
Paramedic Sasha Watts has seen the damage falling in love does to people and she had no intention of being another of Cupid’s victims. She accidentally frees Gage without knowing what he is. After one kiss he walks away and she never expects to see him again, but the goddess Inanna has other ideas.
As punishment for breaking his bottle she erases Gage’s memory of everything but Sasha. Only Sasha can give him the life he longs for and only Gage can be the man she’s always dreamed of, but first she’ll have to open her heart and he’ll have to finish the job Inanna gave him. If he fails, he’ll cease to exist.
This was a really fun, quick read.
I could really sympathize with Gage and his wish to be free, and I liked Shasha, and her need to move on and take a big step to get out of the rut she’d fallen into.
Most of the action takes place at a party where Sasha and Gage meet, and at the hospital, and author Shona Husk does a great job putting me into the scene so I felt I was along for the ride.
My only complaint with this short story was that it ended too soon, so I guess that’s a measure of how much I was enjoying reading it.