WHEN I ENTERED, THE ROOM APPEARED EMPTY. THE DOOR SWISHED SHUT BEHIND ME. I WONDERED IF I’D MISHEARD MY FRIEND WHEN A HAND APPEARED ABOVE THE VERY LAST STALL, WAVING AND THEN HUMOROUSLY POINTING DOWNWARD INTO THE STALL. I CHUCKLED TO MYSELF. HE WAS AN IRREPRESSIBLE ROGUE. I MADE MY WAY TO THE END STALL. THE DOOR OPENED, AND HIS FACE APPEARED IN FRONT OF ME WEARING THE SMIRK OF THE DEVIL AS HE WIGGLED HIS EYEBROWS. “I’M SORRY, SIR,” HE SAID. “DO YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE THE TIME?” – EXCERPT FROM A SUMMER OF GUILTLESS SEX BY DAN SKINNER -
Bill, a 22 years old bridal store clerk and “closeted” designer did not experience the best beginning of the summer season. Being gay and living the “gay life” he stumbles from one unsatisfying relationship into the other, feeling more and more lost with the direction his life is taking without actually even realizing it. Just coming out of another frustrating relation that once again eats away on his ever dwindling self confidence, he meets Ted, a gay mans fantasy come true. 18 Years young, handsome, college student and part time lifeguard at Bill’s apartment complex pool. Except… Ted is straight.
For some cosmic reason Bill and Ted start to converse and soon realize that, different as they might be, they have one thing in common. They are both unhappy in their love life. But where Bill is reserved and protective of himself, Ted is a free spirit. Though Bill is the older one, Ted’s mind seems to be more mature and more open to what life has to offer. The two young men embark on a friendship that takes them beyond the boundaries of simply hanging out. Ted is curious. Hungry. Bill is mesmerized and, though reluctant at the beginning, willing to reach out and follow where Ted will take him.
Two very different men, from two walks of life find common ground for an exciting and unique adventure. Their chance meeting at this low ebb in their lives and an off-the-cuff remark about what they both needed as a temporary solution to their physical needs, lead to a unique and adventuresome pact between the two. They agree to be what's lacking in each other’s lives. They begin a journey of self-discovery. One that will only last the length of the summer but will forever change their lives and ideas about love and friendship. One season of guiltless sex.
A Summer Of Guiltless Sex is yet another successful novel by writer/photographer Dan Skinner. And as always with Dan Skinner stories, it is not at all what you expect. This is not a book full of hot, steamy and tearing-off-the-sheets kind off sex scenes, though there are enough exciting paragraphs to make this a novel for adults. No, this book is much more than that. The sex is there, but it is meaningful. Soulful. More importantly, this is a story of self-discovery. Of forming a deep connection with someone, knowing it wasn’t – isn’t – meant to be. A story of an unforgettable friendship. A story that will make you smile and – be prepared – cry. A Summer Of Guiltless Sex is fun, entertaining, and thought-provoking and an absolute must read for everyone who has ever had a relationship. Or who has ever had a dream. –BM-
A Summer Of Guiltless Sex, as well as other novels by Dan Skinner, is available on Amazon.
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