College student Carey Gardner is still
trying to figure out who sent him an enormous box of
chocolates for Valentine’s Day when he goes on an unexpected
date with his professor’s assistant, Walter Sterne. Carey
isn’t used to not knowing where he stands with a guy, and
with Walter he’s clueless. His secret admirer is unnerving
him too. Does he want to date Carey or murder him?
Carey seems to jump from the frying pan
into the fryer when he dates Walter, who is as mysterious as
the secret box of chocolates he gets. Walter is enigmatic
and he comes off as aloof and contrary, but his emotions are
not that hard to read. He wants what Carey wants; he just
doesn’t have as much experience interacting with people in
social settings. Combine Walter’s social inadequacies with
Carey’s uncertainty and desire for Walter, and you get a
slow-paced romance that is delightful to watch develop.
Carey and Walter‘s relationship takes center stage in
Slings and Arrows, but there is a darker undertone
as well. The Petit Morts series is proving to be as
entertaining and fun as I hoped it would be.