Sins of the Heart by Allison Cassatta

Story 8
Presentation 9
Total 17
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
M/M, contemporary
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When the spark in his relationship fizzles, Dominic thinks he’s doing the right thing by breaking it off with his lover, Brody, but he never expected his good boy to go so horribly bad. Consumed with guilt, Dom confronts Brody about his self-destructive behavior, only to find himself second-guessing his decision to leave him, and now Dom will have to sort out his feelings for Brody before fate ties his hands.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

For a short story, Sins of the Heart carries quite a punch. I can’t say that I liked either Dominic or Brody very much. Where Brody is clingy, reckless and co-dependant to the point that he’s punishing Dominic by destroying himself, Dominic wasn’t much more redeemable as a character. He isn’t responsible for Brody’s self sabotage, yet he took responsibility. I don’t want to give away the story, but want to offer my opinion on the story. Simply put, Dominic was an ass in how he handled Brody. Brody was foolish, and honestly his behavior really only confirmed, for me at least, that Dom made the right choice in leaving. And yet, I bawled my damn eyes out at the end so that means, I got the story as it was intended to be read. It wasn’t a pleasant read; it was one filled with angst, regrets, forgiveness and maybe a little understanding at the end.

1 comment:

StarLady said...

Sin of the Heart is one of the most emotionally powerful short stories I have ever read.

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