Ta Weezo's Blues Layla DorIne LGBT, Gay Romance NineStar Press December 24, 2018 83
Sabre never had any intentions of becoming the teacher’s pet. In fact, most of his school years have been spent trying to avoid attention. The scar that mars his cheek has made him wary of strangers, their questions and prying eyes leave him feeling exposed in ways he’s uncomfortable with. Accustomed to blending in, he lurks around the shadows in the back of classrooms, turning in exemplary work but rarely taking part in discussions.
Professor Locklear’s Native lit class is different though. Sabre’s interest in the subject matter, coupled with a dedicated scholar’s need to turn in the best work possible, leads him to seek out a more advanced reading list, much to the delight of Professor Locklear. When he comes across Sabre reading material beyond even the advanced list, Professor Locklear invites on a fieldtrip to a nearby village. Along the way he learns more than just the knowledge contained in the books. He learns about trust and discovers that there are others out there just like him— shapeshifters.
What he believed was an individual anomaly turns out to be something beyond legend and lore, a whole different culture he’d never known existed. The only way he can move forward is to let his shields down long enough to trust the man whose conversations he’s come to enjoy, but to do that, he’ll have to stop distancing himself from everyone.
This is a sweet, quick, relatively angst free read. Sabre is a very bright, but haunted young man. He comes to the attention of his professor, Drax, at first because of the quality of the papers he turns in to his Native Literature class, but soon, the two find themselves moving from a teacher/student relationship to much more.
Although this is a shifter tale, it is a secondary feature. The focus is truly on the developing relationship between these two men. Watching Sabre blossom with Drax’s attention is so beautiful. The best part of this tale was the flawless inclusion of the Native elements. It gave the story a unique and intriguing focus.