“The Falls” by Natty Soltesz, Best Gay Romance 2013 (Cleis Press). Edited by R. D. Cochrane and Timothy J. Lambert.

Okay, I really liked this story, in spite of the fact that the main character seems to lose sight of his moral compass mid-way through. Well, you know, shit happens. Life happens. The human heart is a crazy-complicated organ. And let’s be honest, love isn’t like a fairy tale. It’s often complex and messy. When my parents met they were both engaged to other people. Whoops. Life happens. This is why our society invents things like banns in church bulletins and pausing at weddings to ask if anyone has any objections. Measure twice, cut once.

Like I said, the main character goes somewhat astray, morally. He does this by choosing to pursue someone who is already taken. The author, though, does a nice job of convincing the reader that there is never any malice intended and it all works out in the end, no hard feelings. There is the sense throughout that this is, ultimately, a funny story the characters will tell about and to one another for years to come. And in that case it is a truly romantic story, because it has a happy ending.