Aching For It, by Stanley Bennett Clay, is a short story of long distance love between Jesse Lee Templeton III (Junie) and Etienne Saldano (Etie). This was not the reviewer’s first time reading any books written by Mr. Clay and I was disappointed.
The story begins and goes through about 60% of the book as just one lustful episode after another, without any true developed story line. Yes, there is a story of how to get these two lovers to live in the same place after their lust at first sight turns into fast love.
While reading the book, I began to feel that Mr. Clay sat with a thesaurus to find words and that many of the words were overly ambitious for the story. For example, to use the paragraph – “His surprise when he saw Edgar with Sylvester, my surprise when I realized Edgar was Etie’s ex he’d left when Edgar became a sex worker, a bugarrone, was the shocking and near fatal denouement that threatened to smother our infant love before it was fully able to breathe.” To use the word denouement to describe the possible destruction of their new love was, in my opinion, a little extreme.
It wasn’t until about 60% into the book that I began to moderately enjoy what I was reading. The book at that point began to really tell a story about getting Etie to America and how they were to accomplish that. My favorite part of the book was when Mr. Clay showed the true humanness of Junie and Etie when they talked about their fathers and the effect their upbringings had on their development as men.
While I personally did not enjoy this book, there are many others that might.
-Reviewed by Selina