Don't Wake Me Up
Dear Author,I first saw him when I was fifteen. My father invited him over for Sunday dinner and I couldn’t even talk to him. He was too cute and I, too confused because I didn’t realize I was gay. Now, I’m a college graduate and have my first job. Heaven help me on my first day at work to catch sight of one of the vice presidents of the company. It was him, the man I’ve been dreaming about for nine years.I don’t think he knows I exist. I’m not even in his department. But every night I go to sleep with dreams of him and every morning, wake up harder than I ever had before to thoughts of being with him. I’m afraid he’ll rebuff me if I ask him out or even that I would be fired. I need this job, but after months of this, I’m beginning to think I need him more.Photo Description: A remarkably attractive man with blue eyes and dark hair is dressed in a stylish blue three-piece pinstriped suit. He stares ahead as if thinking of something, or someone, special. His hands are in his pockets, which suggests a casual attitude, but his face has an expression of fierce determination.This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" 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.

Don't Wake Me Up Details

TitleDon't Wake Me Up
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 16th, 2015
PublisherM/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary, Short Stories, Contemporary Romance, Pop Culture, Geek, LGBT, New Adult, M M Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Erotica

Don't Wake Me Up Review

  • Amy Spector
    January 1, 1970
    So lovely. And hot. And I think Miss Frost has a crush on Matt Bomer. And now so do I.Proper review to follow!***I supposed, since I am actually in front of a computer, I should write up that proper review I was talking about.This is such a lovely, sweet and sexy story.Shane is a cripplingly shy young man with a severe anxiety disorder and a very tense relationship with his father.Oh, and he is into manga.(view spoiler)[Yeah, THAT kind of manga. (hide spoiler)]Okay, now that you're back from pla So lovely. And hot. And I think Miss Frost has a crush on Matt Bomer. And now so do I.Proper review to follow!***I supposed, since I am actually in front of a computer, I should write up that proper review I was talking about.This is such a lovely, sweet and sexy story.Shane is a cripplingly shy young man with a severe anxiety disorder and a very tense relationship with his father.Oh, and he is into manga.(view spoiler)[Yeah, THAT kind of manga. (hide spoiler)]Okay, now that you're back from placing that order on Amazon, we'll continue.I really loved this character, and also that of Mason.While this is a very steamy, sexy read—tags or not—it is more than a story about love and attraction. It's about courage and regrets. And forgiveness. And it's about discovering what's really important in life.Well written and a great read. Thank you to the author and all those behind the scenes of this even.Oh, hell. One more time.(view spoiler)[(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kristan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAww, shucks. This was just adorable.Shane took one look at his father's employee, Mason, when he was fifteen, and fell madly in love. Now, eight years later and not only is Shane working at the same company as Mason, but he's still waking up to wet dreams over the man each morning. When Mason finally gets a look at the adult Shane has grown up to be, he more than likes what he sees, and it isn't long before he's flirting with his employee. But there's more to this story than that. There 3.5 starsAww, shucks. This was just adorable.Shane took one look at his father's employee, Mason, when he was fifteen, and fell madly in love. Now, eight years later and not only is Shane working at the same company as Mason, but he's still waking up to wet dreams over the man each morning. When Mason finally gets a look at the adult Shane has grown up to be, he more than likes what he sees, and it isn't long before he's flirting with his employee. But there's more to this story than that. There's the healing of a father son relationship that may just make your eyes a little damp, one man's realization of what he really wants out of life, and one pretty great epilogue.Here's my one complaint: I think the relationship needed to be developed further, which I realize is an unrealistic expectation with the time constraints in the writing event, but still. I couldn't help but feel like both Shane and Mason's reactions when everything came to light, were too intense for something so freshly new. Shane's rings a little more true. And yes, I know, Shane's been whacking it off to thoughts of Mason for years, but as far as we know, Mason hasn't been doing the same until he finally saw Shane all grown up. If they had been dating for a little while, it would have made a little more sense, especially when it came to Mason. I suppose since Shane's father had been talking up Shane to Mason for years, there's a chance that maybe he fell in love with Shane too? I guess what I'd like is a little more understanding of the depth of feelings on Masons end of things.What I really took away from this story, over the romance, was the healing of a father son relationship, which I wanted for them from the moment I read their first interaction. Overall this was a super sweet, adorable, well written, quick read.My thanks to the author for their effort and participation in the Love is an Open Road event.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    I developed a sort of visceral dislike of one of the main characters, Shane, in the first few pages and couldn't get past it. Also, if you have a character that has been waiting a DECADE to bone the man of their dreams, leaving that shit off page when it finally happens is NOT COOL, Bro. Not cool.Though this story just wasn't my cuppa tea, I want to say thank you to the author for participating in the Love is an Open Road event, and to the editors, beta readers, and the MM Group Mods for all of I developed a sort of visceral dislike of one of the main characters, Shane, in the first few pages and couldn't get past it. Also, if you have a character that has been waiting a DECADE to bone the man of their dreams, leaving that shit off page when it finally happens is NOT COOL, Bro. Not cool.Though this story just wasn't my cuppa tea, I want to say thank you to the author for participating in the Love is an Open Road event, and to the editors, beta readers, and the MM Group Mods for all of the behind-the-scenes work they put into making this FREE event a massive success!
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  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars* This story made me so happy - I just loved the feel of it. It was very easy for me to connect and sympathize with Shane, because I was Shane at that age. He's dreadfully shy, he suffers from social anxiety and he's had a major crush on Mason for many years. Who wouldn't want him to get his HEA with the older, very sexy and confident Mason? Watching him gain confidence through the story and move towards the relationship and HEA was really sweet. I would have liked to see a bit more of *4.5 stars* This story made me so happy - I just loved the feel of it. It was very easy for me to connect and sympathize with Shane, because I was Shane at that age. He's dreadfully shy, he suffers from social anxiety and he's had a major crush on Mason for many years. Who wouldn't want him to get his HEA with the older, very sexy and confident Mason? Watching him gain confidence through the story and move towards the relationship and HEA was really sweet. I would have liked to see a bit more of a gradual build up of the relationship between Shane and Mason (it had a bit of the fairy tale about it) but it didn't take away my enjoyment and I loved this regardless. A couple of notes:-- this story also had a touching side story about Shane and his Dad, and-- despite the off page tag, there WAS one sexy scene :)
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Super adorable, flufftastic little story about a teenage boy who falls in love with a young man, dreams of him for years, then meets him again at his new job, and all the things happen. Good exploration of characters, some family drama and healing, some realizations, and a lovely epilogue made this a pleasure to read.Free from the Love Is An Open Road event from the M/M Romance group.My thanks to the author!https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
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  • Meep
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the author for participating and offering this freebieAwkward Social Anxiety suffering main character. The guy is at work, gets called to say hello to his crush/father's friend and ..he faints! Seriously, I just can't! Simpering Harlequin maidens have never been this bad. Not a trope for me.DNF - didn't get past the fainting, wouldn't be fair to rate.Ok, so I did go back and skim further, it's not for me.
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  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to the author who have participated in this eventShane felt like a virgin maiden (he actually fainted when Mason called him into his office!! Okay, due to low-blood sugar, but it didn't mention previously, so my initial reaction was "Really?!?"), Mason felt like he was coming out of my old Harlequin romance book (handsome, charming, successful, in his early thirties). I actually like Shane's father better than these characters because he felt more rounded, more complex ... a gu Thank you so much to the author who have participated in this eventShane felt like a virgin maiden (he actually fainted when Mason called him into his office!! Okay, due to low-blood sugar, but it didn't mention previously, so my initial reaction was "Really?!?"), Mason felt like he was coming out of my old Harlequin romance book (handsome, charming, successful, in his early thirties). I actually like Shane's father better than these characters because he felt more rounded, more complex ... a guy who tried his best to make up for lost times when Shane was still younger (By the way, I thought Shane was being a little brattish for the past twelve years to his Dad! I know he's hurt, but still, his Dad is trying!!).Oh, and the sudden POV switch for the epilogue felt rather weird (the whole story was in first person but the epilogue is written in third person).So, a "Meh" read for me *shrugs*Note:Per my own policy, any story from this year's event that I can't give 3* rating to, will be left unrated
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  • V
    January 1, 1970
    Some people dislike this story some others loved it. I found it freaking lovely.
  • Trisha Harrington
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!
  • Sachi
    January 1, 1970
    This was so cute I thought my heart would burst out of my chest.It also made me cry and that normally means five stars from me.Thank you for such a great story Hunter, one of my favorites of LOR.
  • Tj
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Wake Me Up is cute and sweet but also deals with some painful things such as anxiety, forgiveness, and the willingness to stand up for what you want and not settle for second place. Thank you Hunter. The ending was adorable.
  • Dawn Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet, cute read. I loved Shane and Mason. There was just the right amount of sweet mixed with a little bit of angst and a lot of hot in a suit.
  • Debbie McGowan
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow when I get a minute.
  • Jilrene
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, dear. It's my turn to be odd reader out. ;) This is more of a 2.something for me. I rounded up because, well, it's free. And that has to count for something. Plus the plot was good, I just couldn't connect.
  • Leaundra
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it . I would have loved for it to be longer.
  • Karlijn
    January 1, 1970
    Oeh, this was a nice one. Wish there was more.
  • Dante Love Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    This is quite cute and had a lot of elements that I like but for me suffered a bit from being such a short story. Mason suffers from extreme anxiety. Already I'm on board and want to cuddle him. He reads Yaoi (Bara?) manga. I'm there! But he is also 24 and acts like he is 15. His resentment of his father screams rich people problems and I just wanted to slap him and tell him to grow the fuck up.I think Mason would have benefited from a few months in a homeless shelter or having to choose between This is quite cute and had a lot of elements that I like but for me suffered a bit from being such a short story. Mason suffers from extreme anxiety. Already I'm on board and want to cuddle him. He reads Yaoi (Bara?) manga. I'm there! But he is also 24 and acts like he is 15. His resentment of his father screams rich people problems and I just wanted to slap him and tell him to grow the fuck up.I think Mason would have benefited from a few months in a homeless shelter or having to choose between heat and a full stomach.Since the story is told from Mason's point of view, we don't learn very much about Shane, just the few things that we are told, and again here this story would have benefited from some length. Both of the MCs act out of character, or at least out of character for the little bit me know about them and there isn't the time taken in the length we are given, for me to buy these behaviors as a reader. Still, I think Hunter Frost is someone I would happily try again. She has a nice, easy style and there is a lot of good things here but maybe this was just too big a story for the length given to work with.
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  • Jeanne 'Divinae'
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 rounded up to 3. There was no actual hot steam office sex, which was what I was looking forward too.Shane has been crushing on Mason for years. Mason used to work for Shane’s dad and has been out for at least that long. Mason is a few years older than Shane and (since then) left working for his dad and has made his way up the corporate ladder. Now Shane is ready to get his first ‘real’ job and lands a lowly job at the same place Mason works. But they are on different levels. They start seein 2.5 rounded up to 3. There was no actual hot steam office sex, which was what I was looking forward too.Shane has been crushing on Mason for years. Mason used to work for Shane’s dad and has been out for at least that long. Mason is a few years older than Shane and (since then) left working for his dad and has made his way up the corporate ladder. Now Shane is ready to get his first ‘real’ job and lands a lowly job at the same place Mason works. But they are on different levels. They start seeing each other more often and Shane’s crush is back in full force, but he worries because Mason his technically his boss(his boss’ boss). Sparks fly from both sides!I liked both of the characters and happy they were able to make it work out. Shane’s dad was a good secondary character. I was a bit disappointed that there was no office sex, just an office blowjob… Additionally, I was expecting a May/December age gap, but it isn’t that huge of a gap.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw the prompt photo, literally my jaw dropped open and my eyes bugged (and I had just enough self-consciousness to realize that I was doing a fair job at imitating a cartoon character). As for the actual story, it may not the most original or realistic story, but it was entertaining and I really liked the ending.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Cute. I liked it. Might read more from this author.
  • Mirjam
    January 1, 1970
    Short, sweet story written for the Love is An Open Road event on the M/M Romance groupUnbeknown to Mason Richards,31, the son of his former boss Shane, 24, has had a crush on him for nine years and is working now for the company where Mason is the Vice President.Shane has low blood sugar, is utterly shy, suffers from a severe anxiety disorder and has a difficult relationship with his father. Mason and Shane tentatively start seeing each other, had to overcome some major issues to finally get the Short, sweet story written for the Love is An Open Road event on the M/M Romance groupUnbeknown to Mason Richards,31, the son of his former boss Shane, 24, has had a crush on him for nine years and is working now for the company where Mason is the Vice President.Shane has low blood sugar, is utterly shy, suffers from a severe anxiety disorder and has a difficult relationship with his father. Mason and Shane tentatively start seeing each other, had to overcome some major issues to finally get their HEA.
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  • Jenny Wood
    January 1, 1970
    Shane meets Mason when he's 15, he's friends with his dad... I can't remember it ever saying how old he is, but I'm assuming he's closer to Shane's dads age, than Shane... Shane has extreme anxiety so he's kept his crush hiding since then, always doing something else when Mason came around for dinner and stuff... Some years later, Mason offers Shane a job at his company he's a VP at..at first I think he wants them to be friends, but after a while it's obvious Mason has feelings for Shane as well Shane meets Mason when he's 15, he's friends with his dad... I can't remember it ever saying how old he is, but I'm assuming he's closer to Shane's dads age, than Shane... Shane has extreme anxiety so he's kept his crush hiding since then, always doing something else when Mason came around for dinner and stuff... Some years later, Mason offers Shane a job at his company he's a VP at..at first I think he wants them to be friends, but after a while it's obvious Mason has feelings for Shane as well...Unfortuantely, someone finds out about them being more than friendly with each other and threatens to fire Mason, making Shane stand up for him and quits himself...It takes a while for Mason to come around, I was surprised by that, but eventually he came for Shane.And the epilogue was super cute :)Cute short read, I liked it.
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  • Alexis Woods
    January 1, 1970
    Another cute short from Ms. Frost. Shane's had a crush on Mason Richards for a long time. When Shane lands a job at the same company Mason works for, it stirs up all kinds of erotic dreams (wanted more). After having avoided Mason for years, when they finally meet, Shane faints, and other events happen and we learn a lot more about Shane. This was fast build when I wanted slow, Shane's problems fly out the window when he finally lands his crush. Still, it was sweet and the ending was perfect. De Another cute short from Ms. Frost. Shane's had a crush on Mason Richards for a long time. When Shane lands a job at the same company Mason works for, it stirs up all kinds of erotic dreams (wanted more). After having avoided Mason for years, when they finally meet, Shane faints, and other events happen and we learn a lot more about Shane. This was fast build when I wanted slow, Shane's problems fly out the window when he finally lands his crush. Still, it was sweet and the ending was perfect. Definately worth the hour's readtime.
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  • Gaa-chan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for contributing and offering this story. Truth be told, I am not sure what to say. It exactly reads like a script for yaoi manga that would have been popular in Japan years back. The time when psychological yaoi dramas, based on the character study and development, hadn't taken over the market yet. And thus we have: an unrequited (turned requited) love between two salarymen, one older and successful (especially a friend of the family), other younger and inexperienced. All peppered wit Thank you for contributing and offering this story. Truth be told, I am not sure what to say. It exactly reads like a script for yaoi manga that would have been popular in Japan years back. The time when psychological yaoi dramas, based on the character study and development, hadn't taken over the market yet. And thus we have: an unrequited (turned requited) love between two salarymen, one older and successful (especially a friend of the family), other younger and inexperienced. All peppered with an over-the-top drama. There you have it.1.5 stars
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  • Janie
    January 1, 1970
    I thought Mason and Shane were both great characters. I liked that Shane had a crush on Mason when he was younger and then ended up working for him when he was older. I'm also really glad that Shane decided to put aside his anxiety and stand up for the man he loved.
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  • Hannah Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Shane, the protagonist, was boring, weak, with little personality, and everyone treated him like he was a pubescent child. And not to mention the storyline was completely cliche: rich, sexy boss wants plain, dull, average person. Like, c'mon…get real.
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  • Sofia Grey
    January 1, 1970
    This was sweet! I loved how awkward Shane felt around Mason, and the whole loving-forever-from-a-distance trope. Very nicely written, with plenty of depth to the characters. Quick and easy read, with a definite feelgood vibe.I'm definitely going to look for more books by Hunter Frost :-)
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  • Olga
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 stars. Everything was perfect, except for the speech in front of HR and the epilogue. To much wrong placed heroism and sap can drag the story way down.
  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story. Nice interpretation of the photo and the story letter. Thank you Hunter Frost for donating your story, your time and your talent.
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