After having some great chat with Obsidian today over her piece, it gave me cause to look back at the scene I've posted and something else (other than my cause to revisit the scene) caught my eye. I've been very back and forth as to the actual physical appearance of my two fellahs'. The story is being written with the gay male audience in mind, men are undoubtedly much more visually keyed, and I'm in a conundrum! When I started out on this story, both my fellahs were the very definition of pulchritude. Handsome, built, tall, eyes with sparkle to rival the stars, smiles to blind weaker men, laughs both voluminous and hearty. They were veritable demigods. And then I tired of that description, and with a quickness. For some time I've been altering the appearance of Brena to something approaching actual mortal men. Deavon remains the very son of Zeus, though. With all that said, what's your opinion on that as regards Erotica? Be it str8, gay, whatever. Do the players have to be heart-stoppingly beautiful? There was a thread not long ago here in the forum where a member made mention of being told that his romance novel was a stillborn because the actors were not in their mid-twenties. That worries me. Would the same be true for a gay Erotica novel if the guys are not the very stuff of myth and legend? For several reasons, I would actually rather that my guys were less than perfect, or at least Brena. Opinions other than it's your story, do what you want?