Grumpy Old Man by Tedbiker

Description: Older divorced man, younger battered damsel in distress, motorbike and boat. What more do you want?
Size: 52 KB ( ~ 9,861 words)
Type: Romantic
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Heterosexual, Fiction, Interracial, Slow

Review by funkso   [other reviews by funkso]

Reviewed: 2014-05-13

There's something about Tedbiker's tales that make them so very enjoyable. There's a formality to the language that is very English, but they're always very whimsical and almost aspirational - hopeful.

Joe's wife has left him, and he's become an old, grumpy, dour man. He has the opportunity to do for himself, however, and makes several changes towards contentment.

A motorbike, a sailboat, and a change of scenery later, and he's happier - but not happy.

And then...

Well, all I can say is that it's a very Tedbiker tale, and enjoyable right to the end.

For some reason I really enjoy detail in stories I read. Where a lot of tales might go into depths of character background - it's really when the detail of a world gets filled in that I get drawn in. It happened that way with Six Month Turnaround and its business focus, The Millionaire Next Door - and it's empire building, and A Flawed Diamond - and I know nothing about baseball.

Here, the little aspects of sailing that fill in the detail of Joe's life just add that veneer of breath, of life beyond what is occurring... to make it feel so much more real.

The bunk on the boat leaving your feet under a sink - it's a detail that you know comes from the experience of having been there, and it's just something I love to see in a story... an attention to trivial elements, important minutiae that amounts to something bigger.

Anyway, I'm rambling - but this is one story that left me feeling good so I wanted to ramble :)

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 8 | Appeal to Reviewer: 8