Title: Dallas in Wonderland
Author Name & Publisher: Evan Gilbert (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2015 – 89 pgs
Dallas Fox owns porn movie studio Wonderland and for him, sex is all about business. He hasn’t felt passion in a long time, so he is surprised when he develops an attraction for Johnny Roman, a college student who has recently become a porn actor for the studio, and Miguel Duarte, an office assistant. Dallas is even more surprised when he realizes they are as interested in him as they are in each other. Those attractions violate Dallas’s number one rule: no mixing business and pleasure.
Dallas slowly lets his guard down, and eventually winds up in bed with both Johnny and Miguel. Their painful backgrounds are similar, and they begin forging bonds that could grow into something much deeper. Miguel, however, faces a threat that could endanger them all and destroy any chance of finding the romance they want and need.
I really loved all three characters in this short story. From the start, Dallas was my favourite; I loved the steely power behind the twink facade. The author imbues the graphic detail in his porn scenes with a sense of humour and a touch of realism while the connection between his three leads is sweetly emotional.
Organised crime and family rejection are pretty hefty subjects for such a short story. In a full length novel, there would have been space to fully work through the problems the men faced. As it was, much of the plot felt rushed.
But never mind the plot. The sex is hot, the men are beautiful and the emotions feel real.
Evan Gilbert lives in Memphis, Tennessee, a Southern boy through and through. He thinks writing is a pretty neat way to make a living. When he’s not writing, he enjoys, in no particular order, swimming, going to the movies, reading, long walks in the country, working out, and spending time with family and friends.