Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BENNIE’S WISH by Xara X. Xanakas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: 4 May 2012
ISBN 9781613724934
MM, contemporary
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher

Aloysius Theodisius (Ally) has parents who’ve ignored him most of his life, friends who expect him to do what they want while paying all their bills, and an enormous fortune. He’s also overweight and balding, something his friends tease him about.
Benedict Arnold (Bennie) grew up with poor, uneducated parents in a trailer, but made it big as a model and sent his folks to school. Now they’ve got good jobs and self-respect. One look at Ally’s dimples and he’s lost. The fact that it’s No Pants Day is a bit of a problem though, as is Ally’s friends’ attitude toward him.

This book grabbed me from the start and I couldn’t put it down until the very end. Ms. Xanakas has a wonderful sense of humor that shines through every scene. All sorts of issues and situations come way out of left field to attack the main characters in the middle of the action. Action which is very fast-paced, leaving the reader breathlessly turning the page to find what happens next.

The reader’s preconceived notions are shot to pieces in an instant, and those of the minor characters simply add to the fun of the story. The main characters are brilliant. Ally is so very much not hero material, who grows amazingly as soon as he has some care and support. Whereas Bennie is completely droolworthy and it’s his inner resources that really add to the story. Even the minor characters have their parts to play and play them so well. Butlers and wait staff and others are all there at the perfect time to kick the story around an unexpected curve or back onto the main track.I loved the little personal touches like the blushing as well.

For a roller coaster ride of rollicking fun, grab this book today.

Note: This male/male book is more sensual than erotic.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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