Gerry Burnie

Strawberries and Cream at the Plaza: a Review by Gerry Burnie


I posted a short list of the book review sites a week or so ago that I often check out when I’m looking into buying a book. And when I mentioned that I often read Gerry Burnie’s reviews for lgbt books (especially historicals, which I know nothing about), Gerry decided to review one of my books. Check out the link and check out all of Gerry’s reviews; the full review is below.

The book he reviewed is a short story e-book titled, STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM AT THE PLAZA, and I’m thrilled to see that he liked it. This story is one of the few things I’ve ever written in the first person, and also one of the few things I’ve ever written where there’s almost no erotica at all.

I received flack from some of my readers about there not being any erotica in the book. But sometimes a story just doesn’t call for too many erotic scenes. And with this story, an overkill of erotica wouldn’t have worked.

Sometimes fate really does work in your favour … Well, in fiction, anyway. That’s the premise behind Ryan Field’s charming short story, Strawberries and Cream at the Plaza [loveyoudivine Alterotica, 2010], and it comes across quite delightfully.

The main character, Kellan—a free lance writer and first-person narrator—is given a writing assignment to review a blog authored by Jason Patriot. Impressed by what he sees he contacts the writer to set up an interview, choosing a neutral place to meet in Central Park. They meet, and as these things sometimes do, events progress to where Patriot invites Kellan—not to bed—but to the dining room of luxurious Plaza Hotel for strawberries and Cream.

To reveal more of the story line would be a bit of a spoiler, but I can say that the narrative flows like strawberries and cream, and the story is as tasteful as a sprinkle of sugar. If I have a quibble it would be that the ending is a bit truncated without a satisfying resolution.

Enthusiastically recommended for a short read. Four stars