Audie Currell and Calhoun Chatteron run off into the Charleston night together and start dating in secret. Can Audie overcome his fear of intimacy, born of an abusive childhood, and keep the boyfriend he loves?
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Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Beach Romance, Coming of Age, First Time, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, InstaLove / Love at First Sight, Love Can Heal / Redemption, True Love, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 15200
Setting: Charleston SC and Savannah GA USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Audie laughs and tucks Calhoun’s hair behind his ears. He still can’t believe the things he says to Calhoun every goddamn day. Audie never imagined using words like these with another person. You don’t hand your heart to someone else. As soon as you do, you know it’s going to shatter one day. It reminds him of a hurricane slamming down the Carolina low country, Hugo or another big one: you can’t stop the storm from coming. You can only close the shutters and pray the seawall holds.
ccreadsbooks on Instagram wrote:
Title: Hurricane Dreams: Audie and Calhoun 1
Author: Julia McBryant
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 9, 2019
Genre(s): Youthful Erotica
Page Count: 62
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Audie Currell, the only son of one of the richest families in Charleston, runs off from his parent’s wine tasting with his father’s business associate’s son, Calhoun Chatterton, another well-off teenager from Savannah. They start dating in secret. But Audie’s abusive childhood stands in the way of an authentic relationship — as does their family’s homophobia. They have to hide their relationship while coping with Audie’s trauma. Can two naive teenagers manage such a difficult task?
Hurricane Dreams presents the second set of characters from Ms McBryant’s Southern
Seduction series; the first was Wills and Crispin, in It’s Enough, a collection of two short
stories and a novella, and Like Sunshine, both of which this reviewer rated very highly.
The current book’s three related stories are also set in the deep south, take place in an
unspecified but somewhat contemporaneous time, and concern two main characters who
have just barely passed out of their adolescence. Blessed youth! Inexperienced, Audie and
Calhoun meet and, almost immediately, begin engaging in lovely sex. My, how young
hormones act as a perfect antidote to virginity!
Audie is the son of a homophobic, hyper-masculine, bully. As with so many gay
youngsters, Audie is bound on the secret trek of self-doubt; early awareness; driving
curiosity; and, finally, physical fulfillment. The trip is either scary as can be or awesome –
sometimes both. Calhoun, his objet d’erection, sends out all the right signals – much as
would a perfume sample salesman at a department store entrance, he emits all the right
pheromones. Immediately, they make the perfect pair. Audie is dominant, directing and
instructing the more submissive Calhoun. The more aggressively Audie acts, the more
Calhoun wants it so.
As the three connected episodes proceed, the heroes’ relationship becomes deeper, more
balanced, and more mutual. As in Ms McBryant’s earlier work, she fully evidences her
knowledge of male physiology with lovely detail and appropriate heat. I noted with her
previous work, “She really nails it!” Still so!
Audie is seen maturing in these stories. Attraction turning to love equally elates and
terrifies him. He rapidly realizes that he is falling hard, but fears falling flat on his face.
He is deeply concerned that, by giving his heart to someone, it will break – much as an
hurricane destroys that which is in its path.
HEA? Too early to tell.
HFN? Absolutely – as Ms. McBryant beautifully shows the reader how a first, youthful
“true” love can grow and reach beyond the mere physical. Wow!
Wendy Stone on Rainbow Gold Reviews wrote:
Another sinfully delicious story of first and true love by the remarkably talented @julia_mcbryant . Julia's unique writing style draws you right in, you're there experiencing Audie and Calhoun's first kiss, while the sneak off together, away from their high society expectations and when they try to navigate their budding relationship in their rigid world. This quick read is sweet, but it's also so hot (you must use the Adam Sandler voice for that part). I recommend you read this, and anything from the author you can get your hands on! Hurricane Dreams will be released September 9th.
Why I read this story: This is the 4th installment of the Southern Seduction series and I’ve loved the other stories in this series.
Once again, Julia McBryant proves that there can be romance and plot and substance to an erotic short story. These young men are so sweet and loving and have those tortured souls that cry out for love and rejoice when they find each other. I will follow the story of these two into their old age if the author takes us there. I’m loving this Southern Seduction series so much! They have all been wonderful and exceeded my expectations for an erotic short. The way this author can make me so invested in her characters is amazing. I feel like I could know them, be their neighbor or perhaps an adopted auntie that hands out hugs and baked goods. She can do all that and still make me swoon and melt into a puddle. ❤
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended