Craving Stains by Alina Popescu

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Release Date: 10 April, 2015

Wynn Brenwood has been trapped by his mother since birth, shut away in a sterile, hospital-like apartment.

Is it her desire to keep him safe that sees him locked up in his pristine cage? Or are her motives less innocent and well-intentioned?

Wynn longs to break free to experience the world he sees beyond his window.

Desperate to escape, he meets Doyle, a handsome, leather-clad, and enigmatic stranger.

But is Doyle real, or is he just a figment of Wynn’s imagination?

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CHAPTER ONE

WYNN could barely contain his enthusiasm. He sat quietly on the armchair facing the window wall separating his living room from the city outside, his clothes perfectly positioned to avoid any wrinkles. He had chosen tight white jeans, a white V-neck tee, and a sports jacket, equally white. He checked the laces on his bright white shoes, and brushed the non-existent impurities off his pant leg. His whole body pushed him to fidget and fuss, but he knew a disheveled appearance could, and probably would, be used against him. So nothing but the dazed smile, the sparkle in his eyes, and the rhythmic drumming of his fingers on the armrest betrayed the turmoil inside.

He was going outside, the first time in his whole life! After years of begging, making promises, complying with the strictest diets, fitness regimens, and bi-weekly checkups, his mother had finally agreed to take him outside. Nothing fancy, just a walk around the neighborhood, to see how he felt. Wynn was convinced he’d show her he wasn’t sick anymore, that the outside world wouldn’t attack and kill him the moment he stepped foot outside.

A nervous giggle escaped him and he rolled his eyes. It was hard to keep his emotions under control. Twenty years made for one long wait to finally breach the confines of his apartment. He looked around, taking in the large, pure white room with its scarce, minimalist furniture. The wall made of nothing but floor to ceiling windows was his favorite part. Sure, it threw away anything from the sun that was not pure light—UV filters, air cleansing devices, and CDC grade measures all made sure no microbes or bacteria ever penetrated this cage—but it was still his only direct connection with the outside world.

Wynn snorted, thinking of how unnecessary it would all become the moment he stepped outside and returned home alive. Only then would these absurd measures his mother had taken be forgotten. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. He had to prove to her he could stay healthy and walk outside. He was tired of the Maid Bot 2000, his computer, his TV, and the books he kept buying. He supposed he should be thankful for the ‘Rise of the eBook’, yet he could not love them, not really, not like a normal reader. The TV programs, the news and stories on the Internet, the photos and videos of faraway places, the gripping stories in the books he read, they were all cruel reminders of the life he’d been denied. A normal human being, even if they never did go to that exotic beach on the other side of the world, still knew they could. They weren’t stranded, abandoned in their own home, with the somber doctor that came to inspect every inch of Wynn’s body as their sole contact with the outside world, other than his mother of course.

He perked up when he heard the click of the outside door opening. It unlocked when a certain code was pressed into the keypad on its right side. Wynn had seen the process through the security system; he’d never been on that side of the apartment. His mother’s high heels clicked on the floor, the hiss of dry showers cleansing her followed. Ten meters of different heads pushing air and heuristic nanobots, mixed into the traditional bacteria- and virus-killing formulae. It was all the rage in disease control: microscopic machines programmed to guess what would make a potentially deadly intruder, and isolate the tiny killers before they could be spread. Wynn imagined it cost a lot, but there was nothing his mother wouldn’t do to keep him alive. To what end, he could not guess. Maybe she just enjoyed having him a prisoner.

A bright smile curved his mouth, this time reaching his eyes. Wynn did not have to fake his pleasure at seeing his mother; it was as natural as it could be this time around. She was taking him outside. He supposed it made sense to even think he might love her one day. If he got to enjoy a normal life, experiencing the outside world, Wynn was ready to forget everything about how she’d kept him locked up and alone for as long as he could remember.

She walked to the armchair he was sitting on, taking step after stiff step. Wynn had always thought he hated the sound of her heels hitting the marble floor, but today it heralded amazing new adventures, so he smiled and stood up. She took his hands in hers, giving them a little squeeze and gracing him with a tight smile.

Moira Brenwood was a beautiful woman, he knew. She was tall and slim, always full of grace, perfect in every detail, from the way her hair was pulled up into a messy bun, to the impeccable line of her eyebrows, and the flawless makeup.

“Good morning, darling. How are you today?” Her voice echoed in the large room, coming back to him with the same rehearsed warm notes.

“I’m great, Mother. Let’s go!” he urged, shaking her hands and chuckling.

“Wynn! Where are your manners?” she hissed through clenched teeth. He saw the disapproval in her look and the way her lips were pressed together. Moira didn’t take too kindly to rude people.

He cringed and gave her an apologetic smile. Damn it, don’t screw this up! Don’t give her any reason to take back her promise of allowing you outside!

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8 reviews for Craving Stains by Alina Popescu

  1. World of Diversity Fiction
    4 out of 5

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    4.25 STARS

    “I really hope the author continues to write more about Wynn and Doyle because they are hot together.”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://wodfreview.com/?p=9102

  2. Rainbow Gold Reviews
    5 out of 5

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    9.5 POTS OF GOLD!

    “After being extremely upset one day, Wynn lays on the floor beside his big windows, and curls up and falls asleep……. when he wakes he is in a room with a huge man, wearing leather….. now enter Doyle, or does he?? …… or is Wynn awake, or is this just a wonderful dream??

    I will let you buy the book and make your own decision…………”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/craving-stains-by-alina_popescu-review-lgbt/

  3. Bike Book Reviews
    5 out of 5

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    4.5 PALM PRINTS ON GLASS

    “I love this premise, and need even more! Thanks Alina for giving us a book that keeps us guessing and ‘craving’ more of this wonderful, inventive story!”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://bikebookreviews.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/craving-stains-blog-tour.html

  4. Frosty's Adventures
    5 out of 5

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    “This novella takes us on a twisted journey through the minds of various people in a dystopic world.
    The sci-fi element to the story is mild, however, just like with every story that is set in the future, we’ve got to leave our own perceptions of how things might function and look at it through the author’s goggles. To be fair, Alina doesn’t really give us any chance to complain on that front.
    I, for one, would have loved the story to go on and on, since i like the premise so much, but the tight wound suspense of the story and how/where she chose to end it makes it even more delicious.”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://myrandomhandiworks.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/craving-stains-by-alina-popescu-blog.html?spref=fb

  5. Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess
    4 out of 5

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    “With around 50 pages Ms. Popescu has crafted a thoughtprovoking and atmospheric tale where fantasy and reality are blurred to lead readers on a merry chase. With bits of sci-fi and futuristic elements too readers are shown a world full of dangers that a cruel woman uses to her advantage in her perverted name of love to wrap up with an ending that leaves readers guessing.”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/book-tour-for-craving-stains-by-alina.html?

  6. Cathy Brockman
    5 out of 5

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    “This book has a bit of a sci-fi feel. There is also a bit of a chill factor as we meet his mother. She is one scary woman. When Doyle is introduced you have to use your imagination as to where he may have come from. Is it a figment of imagination, a dream or more? I’ll let you read the book and figure it out on your own. It’s really worth a read. Short, hot and thought provoking what more could you want from a short story?”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://cathybrockman.com/2015/04/28/craving-stains/

  7. Gay Media Reviews
    5 out of 5

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    “I so enjoyed this short story by Alina as she keeps you guessing is Doyle real or the very creative imagination of a guy locked up his entire life by his mother. Whether he’s real or not, the hot encounters were mind blowing and you are rooting that he’s real for Wynn’s sake. I liked that Alina has created something so very different from the other MM novels which was a huge delight to read. This mother OMG how she beat the system in making everyone think that Wynn has mental issues but it’s actual her that is nuts. Will Wynn defeat his crazy mother and escape and experience the outside life for the very first time? Will the mother gets what’s coming to her? Is Doyle real as Wynn needs someone finally in his court?

    This novel was a complete joy to read as Alina takes us on a new type of journey. The way she created the characters, especially Wynn was just simply some brilliant writing. How the author keeps us guessing if Doyle is real and how exactly they meet is some of the best writing I have come across in awhile. I have to personally thank the author, Alina Popescu for writing a brilliant, steamy and thought provoking novel….Craving Stains. I highly and I mean highly recommend this novel to everyone as you will not be disappointed in the least!!!”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://gaymediareviews.weebly.com/blog/craving-stains-by-alina-popescu-blog-tour-5-star-review-excerpt-trailer-and-giveaway

  8. Saguaro Moon Reviews
    5 out of 5

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    “I will say that reading Craving Stains was an absolute pleasure. While there wasn’t any solid answers as to weather Doyle was real, imagined, a dream or somewhere in between, I loved the way this story played out. It was thought provoking and imaginative giving the reader something to sink their teeth into while having many different layers within the story. Craving Stains and the story that it presents draws out the many questions that you would need to look into yourself and get the answers for. One person’s reality is someone else’s dream. While there is the stark polar opposites of Doyle’s black to Wynn’s white, this novella leaves you with seeing the multi shades of grey that can meet in the middle. I would highly recommend this story to any of my friends.”

    To read the rest of the review, please visit:
    http://saguaromoonreviews.com/blog-tour-craving-stains-by-alina-popescu-review/

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