“Splatterdays” by Steve Isaak from Best Gay Romance 2012 (Cleis Press). Edited by Richard Labonté.

What fun this story was. The main character, Jeremy, is in a club listening to a heavy metal band, when he meets Adrian. There’s an instant physical attraction and they bond further over their shared love of the music. I particularly loved the names the author ascribes to bands and the songs in this story. I loved that we see a little time pass, that there’s a build-up to the next level. Also, this is the second story in a row to see its characters reach for condoms. Good deal.