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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Torque Charli Coty


1) Torque is one of those stories that is a full sensory experience. Red dust - I could almost taste the dry red dust pluming up around spinning wheels. The title is absolutely perfect, reflecting the tension in the narrative, and I loved the characters, the setting - pretty much everything about the story. Whilst I could have happily done without the intimate scenes (personal preference), the stark emotional connections and the open, honest portrayal of diverse LGBT characters (bi/trans) makes a welcome change. This is a tough story - emotionally, yes, but more it's about the kind of people whose marginalisation in society is repeated all too often in fiction (lower social class), and it was great to see them taking centre stage.

Torque Charli Coty
Bisexual - Contemporary General Fiction
File Size: 3311 KB
Print Length: 161 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: CeeTwo Publishing; 2 edition (March 9, 2017)
Publication Date: March 9, 2017
Amazon: Torque Charli Coty

Sometimes letting things get complicated is the best way to figure it all out.

Mick Randall is on the run, from the biker culture he grew up in and his impossible vision of love. Alaska should be far enough to escape his old life—until he rolls into a wrecking yard and gets lost in a pair of pale, bottle-green eyes.

Scotty Bell has spent years learning to channel his fiery temper into the heat of a welding torch. His sexual heat has always been slower to ignite, but one look at Mick rouses confusion alongside desire. In all his life, he’s only been attracted to one other person—his best friend, Mercy Taylor.

Mick lands a temporary job at the yard, and finds an uneasy crash pad at Scotty’s place, where the ragged ends of his emotions get tangled up in Scotty and Mercy’s relationship.

But when Mick hears a Harley engine from his past bearing down on him, his first instinct is to go back to the half-life he’d been living, lest his secrets destroy the only two people who’ve ever made him feel whole.

Warning: Contains references to abuse, subversive ideas about sexual identity and gender expression, and a free-range bisexual on a mission.