The King's Mate

The King s Mate Russell Pine goes to the caf every morning to enjoy his time chatting with Sam Tesh the caf owner a friend made over the past twenty years So when Sam asks a favor Russ reluctantly agrees to play i

  • Title: The King's Mate
  • Author: Ashavan Doyon
  • ISBN: 9781623808334
  • Page: 133
  • Format: ebook
  • Russell Pine goes to the caf every morning to enjoy his time chatting with Sam Tesh, the caf owner, a friend made over the past twenty years So when Sam asks a favor, Russ reluctantly agrees to play in a chess tournament But the contest isn t the real challenge Russ finds himself the focus of a secret courtship in words and pictures left for him to discover each morniRussell Pine goes to the caf every morning to enjoy his time chatting with Sam Tesh, the caf owner, a friend made over the past twenty years So when Sam asks a favor, Russ reluctantly agrees to play in a chess tournament But the contest isn t the real challenge Russ finds himself the focus of a secret courtship in words and pictures left for him to discover each morning, leading him to the question In a caf full of young and beautiful minds, who is looking at the graying chessmaster

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    1. Ashavan Doyon

      Ashavan Doyon spends his days working with students as part of the student affairs staff at a liberal arts college During lunch, evenings, and when he can escape the grasp of his husband on weekends, he writes, pounding out words day after day in hopes that his ancient typewriter trained fingers won t break the glass on his tablet computer Ashavan is an avid science fiction and fantasy fan and prefers to write while listening to music that fits the mood of his current story He has no children, having opted instead for the companionship of two beautiful and thoroughly spoiled pugs A Texan by birth, he currently lives in New England, and frequently complains of the weather.


    1. I liked the story, but the writing style was frustrating. Too many unfinished sentences/thoughts. The MC's understand what they were conveying to each other but I didn't. Luckily this isn't the case for the second part of the story A Wounded Promise which I enjoyed much more.

    2. Maybe 3*I liked the idea behind this story. Russ and his backstory are a bit secretive in the beginning but when his friend and owner of the café he has coffee at every morning asks him for a favor, he does it.He starts getting secret notes from an admirer. It's cleared up pretty quickly who the admirer is, so there wasn't a lot of tension there. Both Russ and his admirer have difficult issues in their past to deal with and get overbut I had a few issues I had trouble getting over.First of all [...]

    3. This was a 3.5 star read for me. I liked the story and was moving to really like it but my full enjoyment was prevented due some of the writing style. The use of half-finished sentences was totally overdone and frustrating to read. I just wanted the characters (primarily Justin) to spit it out and finish what they were saying!My thoughts concerning Justin were also mixed. He was a wonderful character - a lovely, thoughtful and romantic young man who has the courage to go after what he wants (whe [...]

    4. A sweet story about two obviously different men that have to overcome trouble in their past as well as the present to move forward together. This is a hard one to review, I don’t want to give away the identity of Russ’s secret admirer and ruin the read for you guys. I will say it was quite a journey for both men as they fought to overcome the issues in their pasts, and an age difference that would make some people question the validity of their relationship.The story was off to a good start [...]

    5. What a brilliant story! Real, sweet, and with characters that pulled me in from the start, it is built around a friendly chess competition intended to draw more customers into a café. The owner asks his best friend Russell, a formidable chess player, to anonymously play six contestants, with the winner getting a year's coffee for free. Russell reluctantly agrees. Both he and his "pursuer" have been hurt, are scared to death of loving again, yet cannot resist each other. Well, Russell does, init [...]

    6. This story is way to short, but sweetly romantic. I liked both MC's. Justin was young, but he knew what he wanted and that was Russell. I would rather read a longer novella or even a novel with this storyline, because the way it was released it didn't feel complete. But in overall it was a great story.

    7. i liked the premise of the story. I liked the main characters Russ, Justin and Sam and will go on to read the next book.

    8. The King's Mate is a beautiful story wrapped around a lot of pain. I'd not read anything by this author before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not completely convinced that his writing style is to my taste. The beginning was a bit confusing. It had multiple POV's and sudden head-hopping, too many characters introduced at the same time so they kind of blended together for a while, and repetition that continued throughout the book. Much of the repetition had to do with mentions of the main ch [...]

    9. ♥.•*¨)☆♡¸.•*´¨)☆♡¸.•♥*´¨)☆♡♥♡☆(¸.•♥´Falling for his best friend's sonA second edition that introduces us to Sam, cafe owner, his son Justin and Sam's best friend Russ, who had lost his partner and trying to find a way to move on. It begs to question, what happens when the object of your desires turns out to be too close to home?Sam's Cafe was the one place Russell Pine felt at home in. It was where he met the love of his life, it was where he cultivated h [...]

    10. This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.This was one of those stories that touched my heart. While not perfect, I fell in love with Russell, his troubles and how Chess played a role in it all. The fact that he has issues with Chess but willingly helps a longtime friend generate interest in his café by playing in a tournament was heartbreaking for me because it was obvious how much Russell hated it. The story is short but it revolves around Russell, his secret admirer and the possibility [...]

    11. I think there is a line, not all that fine either, between angst and whining. I thought there was far too much “pain” on all sides, including the father. Another thing was it really irritated me that so many conversation sentences went unfinished. As if enough detail was given for the reader to be able to fill in the blanks and I have to say, there wasn’t for me. You can elude to hesitation but not absolutely every sentence. And this story, in every conversation, there was an unfinished se [...]

    12. Beans: First I love that a chess story was in a grouping of sports novellas. Second this is a must read. This story felt new. Beautiful. All of the men in this story made me ache. Sam watching two hurt men that he loves dearly, find their way into a relationship. He is scared for them both, but is so amazing with his love, encouragement, and protectiveness. Russ is wary of loving again. He is still healing, but so is his secret admirer. I was deeply moved and adored this short story.Nina: A beau [...]

    13. Achy, sweet, trepidacious love.Sam's coffee shop is feeling an economic pinch and in an effort to increase sales he convinces his friend Russ to take part in a chess tournament--winner gets free coffee for the year. Russ has an admirer at the coffee shop who leaves him beautiful notes. Discerning what he can from them he keeps an eye out to determine who is leaving them and is he surprised when he figures it out. Unfortunately, Sam is not happy about the identity of the creator of Russ's love no [...]

    14. In Ashaven Doyon’s short story, “The King’s Mate,” 20-year-old Justin indicates he might be open to an affair with Russell, who is “in his thirties.” The problem for Russell isn’t so much the difference in their ages as it is Justin’s father, who has been Russell’s friend for as long as Justin has been alive.Given that background, this story easily could’ve ended in a checkmate on its first page. I’m happy to report, though, it doesn’t.Doyon gives us three-dimensional cha [...]

    15. I liked the concept but hated certain parts of the story because of how the author chose to convey the voices of the MC's. I didn't like that characters were stuttering or stumbling over what they wanted to say to each other. Yes, both the MC's were shy and somewhat nervous around each other but they could have still completed their sentences. It would have been okay once or twice but when a majority of their conversation was " In'tbut.I don't" etc. it gets a bit annoying. It was enjoyable learn [...]

    16. Wonderful story !beautifully written great built up and you can really feel the characters and their emotionwonderful way also to treat the make a play prompting Totally different and uniqueChapeau mister Doyon Great debute and I hope to read more in the future x Dani

    17. A little too sweet for me but I enjoyed the younger/older theme. Chess and coffee are the game of choice in this short. I felt a little bad for Sam in that he wanted Russ. It was a well written easy read.

    18. I enjoyed this tale of how two very different men, both broken in their way, find their way to each other. As a fan of older characters, I really like Russell's character, particularly his reticence in getting involved with someone so much younger.

    19. Reviewed by:ViVian Genre: M/M ContemporaryRated: 3 hearts Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

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