What if you could hear the words behind the words?
Brad Weston’s life seems perfect. He’s GQ handsome, the chief of staff for a Republican California state senator, and enjoys the power and the promise of a bright future. And he’s in a comfortable relationship with his boyfriend of six years, Alex.
Sam Fuller is Brad’s young blond blue-eyed intern, fresh out of college, running from a bad breakup, and questioning his choices and his new life in politics. To make things worse, Sam also has a thing for the boss, but Brad is already taken.
While looking for a gift for his boyfriend, Brad wanders into a curiosity shop and becomes fascinated by an old wooden medallion. Brad’s not a superstitious man, but when he takes out the medallion in his office, he sees the world in a whole new light. And nothing will ever be the same.
Karla on Exquisite Reviews wrote:
…The medallion is a brilliant twist on a familiar trope, adding a paranormal edge to conventional elements. I was anxious to see what would happen each time Brad wraps his hand around it, and I found myself wondering what it would be like to truly see the thoughts of people around me. Would l like it? What would they be thinking? After seeing what happens in Between the Lines, I’ve pretty much decided ignorance is bliss, although for Brad it does have a silver lining… Raring: Bad Ass Boots
This was a short read but it definitely delivered and kept you wanting more. I wanted to read more from J. Scott Coatsworth since reading his short story in the Candle in the Dark: Anthology. This was a fresh take for me and I enjoyed the book but I was disappointed that it wasn’t longer. J. Scott has a way of writing characters that make you want to read their minds. I know I am selfish in wanting more from him, but I really want him to write a full book. His writing style doesn’t call for extended sexual scenes and most of the time they are sweet or not existent.
I give this book 4 diamonds because even for a short read this had a completed storyline.
Author’s note: My magical realism novella – set in my current hometown of Sacramento, about what happens when politics and truth intersect. This one was originally written for the Random Acts of Kindness anthology from DSP, but they sent it back and asked me to extend it to novella length. It’s one of my favorites so far.