I don’t read many short stories because I often feel like there is a whole lot missing that could have been a better read if it were a longer book.
However, Inspiration for Hire really surprised me. It’s a very short, quick read that packs a lot into a little bit.
Ramon is a rock star, who believes Zuhal is his inspiration and muse. He feels Zuhal is who makes his music for him. He has little faith in himself. Zuhal has told him that he is the one with the music in him, but it fails to penetrate Ramon’s feelings.
Circumstances, however, tend to help change feelings, and that is what happens here. Terpsichore, a true muse, has set her sights on Ramon so it seems, and she starts leading Ramon down a path of sex, drinking, and false belief. When Ramon’s manager hears the music he is writing under the tutelage of Terpsichore, she calls it noise and disjointed. He doesn’t understand. He hears his best music yet.
To help Ramon escape the clutches of Terpsichore, Zuhal takes him to Purgatory, which is Zuhal’s home. (And by the way, Purgatory is not what your belief system has told you it is.) But Terpsichore finds them and attempts to steal Ramon back. There is a dialogue of sorts in which the two bargain for Ramon’s life. A compromise is come to, and the book ends.
Now, there is much more to this short book that makes it even more interesting than I have tried to portray. And like I said, for such a short book, it really packs a lot of fun and sex into the size of it. The sex is hot and good, and you develop feelings for the characters. Whether it is sympathy for Ramon, love for Zuhal, or hatred for Terpsichore, you feel it. Coral Moore describes the people, the emotions, and the surroundings so well. I enjoyed this little treasure. It has something for everyone, almost. There is a touch of m/f sex, but a much better m/m sex scene.
Her dialogues are thought out, and make for interesting reading when the two non-humans are discussing Ramon and what he has inside himself, and who is going to help him get himself where writing music is right for him again.
I found Inspiration for Hire to be a great read just before bed. It kept my interest, was hot enough that it was fun, and being so short, it wasn’t ponderous, which a story like this could have been.
Ramón Santos is a musician who hasn’t written a decent song in years. He owes one more album on his contract and if he misses his date his career might as well be over. Luckily, he knows someone who can help, or rather something.
Zuhal is a magical being who sells inspiration, and has helped Ramón find his groove in the past, but there’s always a price to be paid. Ramón might just get the music he needs, if he can survive the encounter.