bump get any bigger. It’s not just his baby; it’s also his breakdown.
Bump is a phenomenal and unique romance by Matthew J Metzger.
David, a transgender man, unexpectedly finds himself pregnant. What follows is a wonderful and thought-provoking tale of how he and his husband deal with this surprise.
The author does an exemplary job of approaching this situation with knowledge, heart and thoughtfulness. The largest topic discussed is that of gender dysphoria and I am thrilled with how well it was handled. I felt very in touch with how David was feeling at all times.
As well, this story hits on topics such as disabilities, suicide, mental health, homophobia, transphobia and more. All these are well touched upon in an interesting, and informative way, opening the readers eyes to the realistic things that people face each day.
I definitely recommend Bump. It is so well written, has such an important message, and is positively gripping, as well as interesting. I applaud Matthew J Metzger for his ability to tackle this plot with so much integrity.
creeping darkness at the edges of his vision, the hyperawareness of his own skin, the tightness across his ribs like he was having an asthma attack. He tightened his grip. He needed to get control of himself. He was thirty-two years old. He could—would—handle this like the responsible adult that he was.
was cool outside, threatening rain. The short walk helped clear the rest of the panic out of his head, and refocus. Ava didn’t need to know about it. Everything was fine, all happy and normal, no problems whatsoever, nothing.
sight of two frizzy baubles of hair stuck out either side of a pair of wide, searching eyes.
decency to get tired by seven o’clock like normal five-year-olds. She went to bed at the same time as her parents—and usually rocketed back out of it again by six o’clock the next morning.
car and get into the driver’s seat, she’d started a whole new deluge of noise masquerading as conversation, all about how rainbows were made.
lock himself in the bathroom, and have a cry in the shower under the pretence of a long, hard day at work. Maybe even have a soak in the bath. He felt bad palming Ava off on her dad, especially on a Thursday, but—
near Wakefield. According to everyone else—including David, who wasn’t even from Yorkshire and was therefore regarded as an immigrant—it was in Wakefield. The rest of the street was occupied by elderly white people called Gerald and Betty whose lives revolved around gardening, Antiques Roadshow, and Women’s Institute bake sales.
thought Ryan was ex-army, which meant all the old blokes liked him by default. But when David moved in, that popularity had taken a definite dive.
behind her lace curtains, as he pulled into the drive. He waved, and the curtain dropped.
rather than eight hours.
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Meet the Author
Matthew J. Metzger is an ace, trans author posing as a functional human being in the wilds of Yorkshire, England. Although mainly a writer of contemporary, working-class romance, he also strays into fantasy when the mood strikes. Whatever the genre, the focus is inevitably on queer characters and their relationships, be they familial, platonic, sexual, or romantic.
When not crunching numbers at his day job, or writing books by night, Matthew can be found tweeting from the gym, being used as a pillow by his cat, or trying to keep his website in some semblance of order.