Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Date published: August 2012
ISBN: 13: 978-1-61124-305-5
Gay / Contemporary
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Duane Hanson’s been out of work for a year and no one’s hiring. He shares a house with his best friend—who’s about to get married. Added to that he’s bisexual in small-town Indiana, which doesn’t add to his popularity either. When Myrna, his best friend’s fiancée, introduces him to Marvin, who rescues ducks and bunnies, Duane thinks life can’t get any crazier. But Marvin’s sweet and cute and… he doesn’t have a trouser snake, it’s a trouser anaconda.
I chose this book because it sounded like it was something just a bit different. There certainly were some great moments in it, and some funny lines too. Myrna, especially, is a wonderful character. But I never warmed to Marvin at all, although I respect his career choice, and I found Duane, at times, tiresome and childish.
There were also a couple of things in the book that I couldn’t quite reconcile. Marvin is described as young, called “the boy” several times during his first meeting with Duane, yet later on is described as “almost thirty” which is hardly a boy. Also, it was Duane who seemed to me to be acting more immaturely throughout the story.
As well, there were a couple of mid-paragraph POV shifts, one particular piece of grammar misused several times, and quote marks facing the wrong way, all of which should have been caught by the proof reader/editor.
But what really caused me to mark the book down was Duane going on and on and on about the size of Marvin’s equipment, and how much it hurt to take inside, and how difficult it was even to suck. If done well, in a BDSM story, this may have worked. In such a fluffy romance as this, it didn’t.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.