Today is a very special review, the review of Percolation, Poetry and Passion by A.V. Sanders. The author is an activist for love, a supporter of other writers, and a generous interviewee. If you have not yet read A.V.’s interview, make sure to check out our Author Babble. [goodreads review]
The Percolation Station is how Beckett worked his way through college but now that he’s been offered a chance to get his graduate degree, he may serve a few more customers. When Simon enters the shop and catches the eye of Beckett, the two begin a relationship that starts out as friends and naturally morphs into more.
Simon and Beckett are wonderful characters. They have just the right amount of depth for a short story that doesn’t leave me needing more, but got me hooked. Their interactions with each other are genuine and sweet, starting from their friendship to their romantic relationship, and even when they argue. Their love feels real and natural, as if it bloomed right out of the page on its own.
For a short story the author was very ambitious, multiple locations, all important to the story and integral to the character of Beckett. It was a winning gamble. The environments were rich and colorful, described to be lifelike, and they supported the romance without getting in its way. The settings were backed up with a well executed sense of time passing and neither the love or the seasons felt rushed.
Overall, the story is sweet. A delightful read about two people and how their love and relationship grows over time. The reason Percolation, Poetry, and Passion only received four stars and not five… the ending. It was perfect, ended the way I was praying it would, had a nice climactic spike, but then… nothing. Just over. At first I wondered if I had a corrupt version or the ebook. Nope, it just ended. Not by any means a deal breaker, the story is wonderful, I just fell in love with Simon and Beckett and wished they didn’t have to leave so soon.