Dorian West is truly a lost soul, with a revolving bedroom door and an unhealthy obsession with a statue at his local church. Add to that an unrequited crush on his straight friend Josh, and Dorian's life reads like a sad catalog of loneliness and pain. Dorian finds release only through rough, anonymous sex and, oddly enough, art.When he hits rock bottom, however, it is noDorian West is truly a lost soul, with a revolving bedroom door and an unhealthy obsession with a statue at his local church. Add to that an unrequited crush on his straight friend Josh, and Dorian's life reads like a sad catalog of loneliness and pain. Dorian finds release only through rough, anonymous sex and, oddly enough, art.When he hits rock bottom, however, it is not Josh but Dorian's new lover Mark who picks up the pieces. Can Dorian find a way through the maze of fear and doubt to find peace? And will his lust for a statue of an angel lead him finally to everlasting love?...
|Title||:||Like a Prayer|
|Number of Pages||:||23 Pages|
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Like a Prayer Reviews
There isn’t much left to Dorian’s life anymore. There is his art, and the students he teaches at the local college; there is his unrequited crush on his straight best friend Josh; and there is his obsession with the statue of the Archangel Raphael at the church of St. Gregory’s. They all seem to lead him to depression, pain, and a long-standing guilt, though none do so more than his rapidly escalating sex addiction, where each rough encounter gives him a moment of truimph and fulfillment, then leads him into a miasma of guilt and shame. The only thing that gives him some comfort is the statue of Raphael, though his lustful thoughts toward the angel only deepen his guilt. Then, there is Mark, the first man in a long time who has shown him the least bit of respect — something that Dorian can’t see that he deserves. The real question put to Dorian is: Who is the angel and who is the sinner?I enjoyed this story quite a bit. Like a Prayer is a Classic Sip from Torquere, so it has been around for several years now, but I’m happy that I read it. It faces a problem that many other short stories do, when the ideas presented are a bit grandiose for the limited space of exploring them. While some parts of the story fell behind, the rest of the story made up for it. The theme presented here, and the major lesson that Dorian is faced with is self-redemption from his guilt over his sex addiction. This part of the story was done very well, and I felt like I got to know Dorian quite well by the end of the story, where his self-depreciation from the sex addiction had almost stooped to madness. He has been at odds with his own religion (Catholicism) for many years due to his sexuality, especially in the face of the myriad of nameless men that pass through his bedroom every night. The beginning of the story shows this reconciliation between the two parts of him with his first confession in three years and the dialogue between Dorian and the priest. This is also shown by his dual innocent love for the purity of the angel Raphael, while alternately sexualizing him, to the point of having to restrain himself from touching the statue.The difficult part of the story, for me, was the actual romance. The POV is solely Dorian’s, and Mark is only in around 25% of the story (in my estimation). There is a short scene in the first half of the story, then no more until the end. Naturally, then, the romance came off at Insta-Love. I wouldn’t have minded Insta-Lust (No, siree!), nor would I have minded Mark and Dorian being on the road to falling in love at the story’s end. I thought this would have been more natural, and it certainly makes more sense. I can understand, after seeing Dorian’s experiences with lovers, that he might think what he was feeling was love, when the first man who came along showed him some respect, but the story is just too short to expand upon their relationship when the focus is on Dorian’s personal journey. In my opinion, it is better not to qualify those feelings at all. Instead, leave the characters with the opportunity to fall in love. Furthermore, there was a sweet sex scene between Dorian and Mark, but the majority of the sex in the story isn’t erotic at all (which is the point — however, it is still forceful and depreciating to Dorian).This story was much more about one man’s depression as the result of two conflicting parts of his life than a romance, though I still enjoyed it very much. There is a lot of sensory detail in the writing that I enjoyed, particularly from Dorian’s keen eye for art. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable story that has certainly stuck around for a while instead of falling into obscurity. Though I would have liked more of the story development between Dorian and Mark, I enjoyed the story for what it was.Recommended.For the original review, please visit Reviews by Jessewave.
Very good story, but far too short.