Crankset is a romantic vignette about two guys, Matt Robinson and Jason Hicks, in a committed relationship living in the fabled Mission District and working for a bike courier service. These two charming guys have a dilemma–should they move from their current digs or tough it out. Roman’s main characters in this brief piece have a long history with each other and their relationship is solid. But stress over living arrangements can strain the best relationship.
How Matt and Jason cope with the situation is entertaining and fun. Despite the lightness of the story, Roman makes it obvious that Matt and Jason endured much hardship to come to the place they are in their relationship. The love between these two men is clear, as is the trust. Crankset is a nice read about two nice guys dealing with life in the big city.
Roman is a good novelist with a fluid style and great characterization. She has a nice focus on the stage of her stories and pays attention to detail. Crankset is worth 3.5 stars.
Originally reviewed for BlackRaven’s Reviews
Publisher: Torquere Press
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