3 stars for Fitting In by Sandra Bard #MM #Romance @LT3Press


Title: Fitting In
Author Name & Publisher: Sandra Bard (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 6, 2016 — Short Story


Declan Reid is thirty-seven, well established in his job and next in line for a promotion. Then he’s transferred to Singapore after unwittingly sleep with a client, leaving him hurt and humiliated. Determined to prove to head office they made a mistake, he vows to keep his head down and work hard.

He hadn’t counted on Alvin, however: content with his job mopping floors, happy to remain in Singapore, and significantly younger than Declan. He’s the very last person Declan should be noticing, especially if he wants to get back on track with his ambitions, but the more he’s around Alvin the less appealing those ambitions begin to seem.

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Fitting In is about Declan Reid who slept with a client and ended up being sent to another country to work. The client, Chad, wasn’t even a client yet before they started their affair, but Declan ended finding out that Chad was married. The poor guy was a mess until he met Alvin, who is years younger than him. 21 to his 37.
They had a rocky start, but to give Declan credit, he was the one who started approaching Alvin, who was snarky at the time. They got closer when Alvin started helping him with his Yoga classes. In the end, being with Alvin taught Declan that it’s not all about social status and the heart wants what the heart wants. Declan taught Alvin that he was more than just a janitor at the gym, that he wasn’t invisible.
I gave this 3 stars because I didn’t connect well with Alvin’s character, which made a short story drag to me. Still, I liked the message that the story was sending out.


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Sandra Bard started writing when she was quite young because there was always a story inside her head, but never thought of writing for an audience until recently. She only decided to try her hand at writing for the sake of being published after a series of events left her with some free time and in between jobs.

She grew up travelling the world from Africa to Asia and, though she now lectures full time at a university, dreams of having a job that wouldn’t tie her down to one place. She enjoys reading books, watching anime and, occasionally, visiting a fan-fiction site. She also dabbles in tai chi and yoga in the hope they would keep her flexible and help lose weight. She lives with her pets (fish, cats, and dogs) and has been a volunteer for an organization that takes care of stray dogs (there are many, where she lives) for over ten years.


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