Read meant to be by Rawiya Online


Dear Author,I’m a thirty-something successful African-American male and I’m gay. I don’t fit the stereo-type for gay men in my neighborhood, flaming, sissified, acting like queens/women. I’m what my mother and most African-American females refer to a catch. I appreciate the female form but it doesn’t do it for me, I love men! My mother always told me growing up “don’t brinDear Author,I’m a thirty-something successful African-American male and I’m gay. I don’t fit the stereo-type for gay men in my neighborhood, flaming, sissified, acting like queens/women. I’m what my mother and most African-American females refer to a catch. I appreciate the female form but it doesn’t do it for me, I love men! My mother always told me growing up “don’t bring no white girl up in my house”. Not a problem Mom, no women in my future… so how do I tell her I’m gay and the man I love is white. He completes me… he laughs at my jokes, holds me when I’m feeling insecure, and he doesn’t judge me. So how do I tell my mother and the rest of my family that I’m gay and in love with a white man who is my everything?Photo Description: A black man hugging a white man from behind, both are shirtless. White male has a tattoo on chestThis story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings....

Title : meant to be
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ISBN : 21948953
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 35 Pages
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meant to be Reviews

  • Meep
    2019-03-20 10:09

    Thank you for the freebie.For me this didn't work, none of the characters felt real and there's not enough interaction to show what made Seth worth the effort. Also libraries must pay better than I thought if Thaddeus (never shortened) can afford to buy his mother a house and keep a high end apartment.There seemed to be a lot of big issues in this short fic and none were resolved through conversation. Racism, homophobia, coming out; were all built up then resolved almost flippantly.The character dismissing slavery as 'centuries ago' made me uncomfortable.

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-02-23 11:08

    This was a good prompt, it had kind of a "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" vibe. I love both versions of that movie. :)This story had some decent points and some not so decent points. I like the cover. I think both men are hot and it was my fave thing about the story. I also like the premise of a black guy and Jewish guy being a newly formed couple trying to sort their way out on the road to established couple. I also liked the fact a college educated, professional found love with someone who was unemployed. Some things made me pause. Such as:- "nothing more embarrassing than asking your man for money when you hadn’t even slept together yet."Would it be better if you fucked first then ask to borrow money? Do you get a higher rate of cash if your genitals touch? - the main characters were interchangeable to me. Their voices read the same.- things were wrapped up kind of neatly.Other things I just closed my eyes and swallowed:- the nosy co-worker, Lisa, that Thad was not too keen of, yet still shared his personal info with. (I get the character's purpose in the story but I didn't care for her)- the no sex decree until the MC come out to his family ultimatum. (I don't like ultimatums personally and would raise that no sex policy with an even crueler option - finding someone else) I won't even get into the topic of forcing someone to come out of the closet by withholding sex. *smh*- the ignorant mother that was asked for in the prompt. She was the bitterest pill to swallow - great job on showcasing her ignorance. I don't believe we live a fairy tale world. Racism is a living and breathing monster that continues to be fed by ignorant people like Thaddeus' mother. Maybe it's because I know pieces of work like this in RL that made able to sorta swallow this character down.Overall a decent story.Thanks to the author and the team behind the story. No rating for me on this one. I just can't figure out how to rate it.

  • Vivian
    2019-03-01 14:54

    Interracial relationship that has all the big conflict points.This was nice. That said, it was a salve to reality in that it overly simplified solutions to problems. Race, religion, homophobia and socio-economic inequity are resolved quicker than a fairy godmother waving her wand. I love the idea of things being worked out so easily, but I had a hard time letting go of reality and accepting it. Btw. Thaddeus and Seth are beautiful.

  • K
    2019-03-05 11:55

    Short contemporary story about Thaddeus, a closeted librarian, and his fairly new partner Seth and the difficulties that Thaddeus faces because his mother is adamant that he shouldn't bring home a white woman and would be even more horrified that it was a white man that he was bringing home. When he fails to come out, Seth breaks his restriction on no sex whilst Thaddeus remains in the closet, but when his mother phones the next morning Thaddeus comes out to her over the phone. This was an enjoyable story, but felt a little flat in places. I did like Thaddeus' brother, who appears in the epilogue, and Lisa, his colleague made me laugh, even if she was a little annoying.

  • Shelby P
    2019-02-18 13:10

    This was a short novella and it was painful to read. There was zero chemistry between the MCs. I didn't like the story. Thaddeus didn't feel real to me. It was kinda interesting to have an unemployed MC but we didn't get to know much about what he did at his job. Nothing really made sense here. I despised Thaddeus' mom's viewpoint on race relations.

  • mah1
    2019-02-28 10:44

    Good story and it was nice to read about a character who was struggling with unemployment since, a change from all the MCs who always seem to have great careers.

  • Sarah_loves_books
    2019-03-05 12:59

    Another LL story where I really liked the prompt photo, but the story itself - not so much. And I knew it from the tags: homophobia, racism. I don't want to read about those, it makes me too sad. The world is fucking crazy.Worse still if the main characters themselves hold such beliefs. And judging by Thaddeus's unwillingness to come out, and also by the following sentence, that might, to some extent, be the case here:"An emotion, more than just sex, a spiritual connection that reached way beyond their beliefs." Their beliefs...what beliefs? It wasn't explained at all. There was just that one sentence.I did like that Seth was unemployed (only because there are so few unemployed or poor characters in romance), and I was totally satisfied with Thaddeus being a senior librarian...until I saw how rich he was. Librarians don't make that kind of money, I'd think.No rating this time, since I suspected this wouldn't be for me even before I started. Love the photo, and that made me want to try this :)

  • Dee
    2019-03-17 12:53

    It was OK but not for me so 2 stars.The writing and sex scenes were all fine, but the plot just didn't click for me. I think maybe where I'm from a very integrated family sometimes plots with interracial prejudice don't always gel for me. I mean, I get that people are racist in the world but the situation with Thad's mother felt a little false and then felt a bit rushed with the resolution. Also not sure I sensed much about why Thad and Seth actually loved each other - not particularly strong emotionally. As said though I suspect it has considerable to do with my own upbringing though as I said the mum just felt like she was plunked in as a stereotypical plot point rather than a fleshed out homophobic and racist woman (hmm, so what I'm saying is I guess she wasn't racist enough?? Or something. It just felt a bit fake).

  • Jeanne 'Divinae'
    2019-03-12 14:56

    Thaddeus and Seth are a couple. While Seth has been out for over a decade, Thaddeus is not. At least to his family. Even though he is in his thirties, he has a fear of disappointing his mother. Let alone is he gay, but he is dating a ‘white’ man. His mother keeps on him about never bringing a ‘white woman’ home. How will she react when she finds out the truth. Thaddeus has to decide sooner than later to be true to himself, if he wants to keep Seth in his life. I enjoyed how it ended. His mother didn’t jump on the bandwagon right away, which was more realistic.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-16 11:57

    Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love's Landscapes event. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!I like the prompt but reviews say no chemistry and maybe pushy on the racially focused momma.

  • Sung Koon
    2019-03-16 12:04

    There are very few stories or published books for that matter, that address let alone write a plot for mixed race couples. This is one of the best. It is a story about an African American man that has a good status within his community and a good Christian family. He just happens to be a gay and in love with a white man. In the story he faces coming out of the closet and losing his family or losing his man. One of the best.

  • Serena
    2019-03-05 13:43

    My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • Misty
    2019-03-05 16:08

    ** 2.5 Stars **Nice little story but too short to be really satisfying.Thank You

  • Heather
    2019-03-18 11:05

    I just kept waiting for a spark between the MC. I was happy to see the mom come around. That was a very pleasant surprise.

  • Shaztwirl
    2019-03-19 16:42

    A bit stiff, lacking in something for me.

  • Verity
    2019-03-19 14:49

    Review to come

  • Regencyfan93
    2019-02-25 12:55

    I respect Thaddeus for finally letting his mother know about his sexuality. As a result, he could deepen his relationship with Seth and repair his relationship with his brother Spencer.

  • Melanie~~
    2019-03-12 11:12

    [NOTE: I rate most writing event stories (free reads) 4 or 5 stars because of my appreciation of the author's participation and gift.]

  • jules0623
    2019-02-23 14:01

    1.5 stars

  • Tamara (緑)
    2019-02-26 11:44

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  • Sarah
    2019-03-15 15:46

    DNF. Very inexperienced writing.