By Design

By Design Dear Author I came in to get his signature on a couple of documents and there he was in his comfy office chair just staring out the window I ve caught him just lost in his thoughts like this than once

  • Title: By Design
  • Author: Kate Islay
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 382
  • Format: ebook
  • By Design

    Dear Author,I came in to get his signature on a couple of documents and there he was in his comfy office chair just staring out the window I ve caught him just lost in his thoughts like this than once.He s higher up in the company and I ve always admired him We re not close friends by any stretch of my imagination but when he s just tuned out like this, I can t helpDear Author,I came in to get his signature on a couple of documents and there he was in his comfy office chair just staring out the window I ve caught him just lost in his thoughts like this than once.He s higher up in the company and I ve always admired him We re not close friends by any stretch of my imagination but when he s just tuned out like this, I can t help but wonder what he s thinking about.Is there something going on with the company that s caused him to have such a serious look on his face Or is it someone in his life that he s concerned about Can I hope the someone he s thinking about is me Then again maybe this is just wishful thinking on my part.But a guy can hope thoughright Photo Description Front view of a man in a white dress shirt, matching grey vest and dress pants, and shiny black dress shoes His legs are spread wide as he leans back in an office chair His head is turned to the right, his chin resting on his right hand as he stares out of a wall of windows, lost in his thoughts.This story was written as a part of the M M Romance Group s Love is Always Write event Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.Read the story here or find it in Love Is Always Write Volume 2.

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    1. BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions

      Something about the writing style kept me at a distance. Not sure what but it felt very impersonal. The characters were so-so I guess. Honestly I didn't see any connection with his boss. The relationship with Lewis the guy he goes on one date with had more of a connection then the whole boss thing. And it really wasn't developed at all lots of jumping around and then boom they are hooking up in the office the end. The whole Julian thing was way underdeveloped and left to vague to leave any kind [...]

    2. Samington

      There was a lot of potential, and the characters all seemed relatively interesting, but the length coupled with the slightly meandering structure (now Connor goes on a date with a one-off character who doesn't seem to contribute anything to the plot, now Connor goes to visit his family and nothing really happens) meant that it just felt a little empty. What was the significance of Lewis, or Connor's relatives, or Julian? Why focus so much on Connor's soccer injury when it didn't actually play a [...]

    3. Yvonne

      This felt more like a set up for some future novel than an actual short story. It felt like there could be something interesting going on but it all ends up being a little vague. It's all about architecture but when Rafe asks Connor to help him out on a project, Connor seems to contribute very little. He doesn't offer any kind of input so you end up wondering why this plot point was introduced. The same could be said about the soccer storyline, the blind date & the meeting with the family. T [...]

    4. Sandra

      Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group.Great picture, and the perfect story to go with it. Loved everything about it and it did end well, but I definitely want some more please! There were definitely a lot of things that were set up but then not developed full (Julian, Conner's soccer injury, etc) so I'm hoping that means Ms. Islay is planning on continuing this story.

    5. Cole Riann

      3.5 starsAs is, seems much like a prequel to a much more indepth future story. As it stands, it could use a bit more development to feel like a self-containted story, but otherwise really solid characters and story. It feels settled, as if the author has really sat with these characters and is invested in them, so I'd be happy to read more if the author continued this with another story or novel. A novel would work quite well because there's a lot set up in this short.

    6. Mandy*reads obsessively*

      Cute, but I didn't quite see the attraction between the MC's.Connor was more fleshed out, but I have no clue about Rafe, what he is about or who he is.The Julian situation was a bit distracting and the ending felt more like a teaser was at best a HFN situation for me.I'm sure I would have liked it better had it been a bit longer and I could see where the relationship was goingor why.

    7. Kendra T

      I really liked this story. There was an air of secrecy around the character of Rafe, which I felt was written nicely and kept me intrigued. I would love to know more about these guys and how their relationship progresses and how it affects work (if at all).

    8. Virginia

      I liked this although way too short with lots of hanging stories. Nice start to the relationship and am hoping it is the start of a series.

    9. Victoria

      Nice story. Love the interpretation of the photo. Thank you Kate Islay, for donating your story, time and talent.

    10. mw138

      2.25 starsI wish the characters and relationship had been more developed. In the end it all seemed a bit rushed, but I wouldn't mind reading more about these characters.

    11. Hannah

      3.5 stars. Great romantic tension. The use of present tense is distracting at times, but over all I think it adds to the story.

    12. Wendy Ann

      There was a definite air of mystery surrounding Rafe in this story and it stayed that way throughout. Since the story was told from Connor’s point of view, he was a much more open book. The author stated that her goal in writing this story was to “capture that post-college angst wrapped up in a longing for the unattainable, only to find that maybe it isn't after all”. I think she nailed that particular goal! Very nice:)

    13. Shelley Chastagner

      This little book has so much potential. The characters are intriguing and I wanted to know so much more about them. This felt like more of an introduction that a complete story, but I enjoyed it all the same. Adult read

    14. CB

      This was entertaining for a short story but I think the author needed more pages to make it really interesting. There was the potential for things to happen but not enough time in the story them to actually happen.

    15. Otterpuss

      2.5 stars It was alright. The writing was a bit disjointed and seems to meander off in strange directions. There are certainly too many loose ends for me personally but the characters were ok.

    16. Kallie

      Way too short, when I got the the end I was like no wait there has to be more! Hence the 2 starsbut it was cute nonetheless.

    17. Penumbra

      I like the characters, but the setting of an architectural firm just didn't resonate with me, so I had a difficult time getting into the story. I can tell it's well written, just not my style.

    18. GlamLawyer

      2.5 stars rounded up becayse I'd like to read more. I was intrigued by the plot and the characters are likeable. But the rushed ending doesn't fit the beginning.

    19. Pete W

      I liked how the author able to put many subtle contents and contexts into this short story and make them all blend together.

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