And, as opposed to the things I occasionally make the mistake of picking up from iUniverse, which tend not to be worth the creamy paper they're printed on, this novel actually made me want more. How cool is that? ^_^ The other books in the Romentics series are Nick of Time
and Razor Burn
. I shall see if I can't source out both.
Note that this is the second time in a single week that I've put up an illo of a sprawled out, naked male on my journal... (^^;;;Pomfret, Scott and Scott Whittier. Spare Parts. Romentics, 2004.Summary
: Dan is a mechanic, and Trent is a photographer. However, Dan thinks Trent is a prostitute, and Trent doesn't realize that the older Dan was the evil neighbor next door while he was growing up. Things get complicated, naturally, especially after Dan's former partner cum business rival Rodney starts mudslinging and attacking Dan's character. It all turns out just ducky, of course--when Trent gets the chance to exhibit his photographs, everyone soon realizes that he has captured both the dishonesty of Rodney's repair practices and the honesty of Dan's love for him.Comments
: Though this is my first Scott&Scott novel, it is not my first experience with their writing; I've read both various short stories written individually by one or the other of the authors as well as their well-publicized release with Warner Books Hot Sauce
. Lemme tell ya, though, I liked this one a heck of a lot better. So they're both drippy romance novels in the tried and true formula (including the "gay fantasy" of monogamy), but at least this time I actually envied the happiness of the characters. (A well-off mechanic and a photographer? Not bad. At least marriage to one of these guys doesn't mean a lifetime of entertaining blue bloods.) However, I did not like the main female character of the novel at all. She came off as too much of the cookie-cutter drag queen--I'm sorry, but real women aren't usually like that! And Trent's mother wasn't present enough to even warrant fleshing out. As this is a self-published work, it is a touch rougher around the edges, particularly in the beginning, than is typical for professional works, but the story really starts to hit its stride a third of the way through. The book is marred throughout by a few dozen typos, but I was able to forgive the distraction for the genuine entertainment value and emotional sincerity. A nice relief from the gloom and doom of books of late.Notes
: trade paperback, self-published with BookSurgeRating
- *shrugs* Reading this book made me feel good--and no, I'm not talking masturbation! What more can you ask from something like this, anyway?