5 stars for Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde @queerlyobscure #Trans #Genderqueer #Bisexual @LT3Press


Title: Defying Convention
Author Name & Publisher: Cecil Wilde (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28th, 2015 — 65 pages


Danny and AJ have been online friends for years, and secretly in love with each other. When the opportunity to attend a comics convention comes up, they decide to go and share a room. But friendship online does not always translate to friendship offline, and both are anxious about how the meeting will go, and the friendship change, when faced with challenges easily avoided behind the safety of computer screens…

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This was so cute and sweet and charming. I loved both Danny and AJ right away, and I loved how we got to know them without the specifics about their genders (other than their pronouns) until well into the story. I think that was probably the best part and certainly the hallmark of expert writing. I was also thrilled with having the premise revolve around the sci fi/fantasy convention. My inner geek rejoiced, and I wished I was there with them!

The sex was delicious, steamy, and sweet, a perfect combination and a good fit with the rest of the story rather than feeling like an add-on or a distraction. The story would have been fine without it, but it was just as good with it. I loved seeing a couple with an established friendship taking it to another level.

I really appreciated the way the situation with Christie was handled. Too often, it feels like trans stories include transphobia without any real resolution to the characters or scenarios introduced. This had nice closure.

The only thing that made me hesitate is that I thought AJ fell a little bit into a particular narrative of being genderqueer. There could be many reasons for that, and AJ wasn’t a cliche, just a bit on the “gender trendy” scale, and only in the physical appearance sense. Everything else definitely “defied convention,” as the title suggests.

All in all, this is one of my favorite new stories, and I think I may have to read it several more times just to experience the lovely feelings over again.



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Cecil Wilde resides in Australia, accompanied by a cat who takes up most of the bed, a family of possums in the roof space, and more spiders than they’re entirely comfortable with. They write altogether cuter queer romance than their image as a grumpy cynic might suggest.

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