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This is the first Christmas Eve in memory that we've not done the Italian thing. 
24th-Dec-2005 12:12 pm
So I don't know quite what to do with myself today. We have a depressing number of errands to run today, and my mother's compensating for the down time by baking pecan pies (because, Goddammit, we didn't have pecan pie on Thanksgiving! T_T) and quiches. Maybe I'll go see a movie...

Anyway, I finished the last Romentics novel this morning. It finally showed up in stock at B&N online, so I jumped on it. Unfortunately, the cover art was probably the best thing about the book. ^^;

Pomfret, Scott and Scott Whittier. Razor Burn. Romentics, 2003.
Summary: The unemployed gay man Ben meets the closeted and married Blayne at a coffee shop and lands himself a blowjob. He also, in a roundabout way, lands himself a job at Blayne's father's corporation, masterminding the launch of a new razor. The two men can't deny their attraction to each other, along with the sense that they've known each other in the past. Eventually able to overcome their lost memories, they realize that they had been lovers in college but that Blayne's father had done his utmost to divide them. Together again at last, the two men quit the company and go off to live happily ever after.
Comments: This novel is significantly longer than the other Romentics novels, and though I definitely like Spare Parts the best (for the amount of personal growth and self-realization that the story and past circumstances require of the characters), Razor Burn is certainly a solid example of the romance novel formula reinvented for gay men. As usual, the characters sleep only with each other throughout the course of the story, and though Ben has had other lovers (or tricks, as he doesn't seem to have had any other serious relationships), it's quite possible that Blayne, despite being over thirty years old, has only ever had sex with Ben. Go figure. Also, the stuff keeping them apart was mostly circumstantial--Blayne's loveless marriage, his control-freak father, Ben's unwillingness to associated with closeted, married guys, etc.--and though the characters are economically unequal, the personal differences between them aren't as striking as in the other novels Pomfret and Whittier have written. After all, they were the same age, and they went to the same college. As such, this novel just didn't achieve anywhere near the emotional depth for me that the other two self-published books did. I guess I'd rather read about internal conflicts in romance novels than external ones. While the length allowed them to add more characters (both Emily and Todd were lots of fun), it did not necessarily make things better. For what it's worth, though, this one had lots of sex scenes in it, way more than Nick of Time, all of it safe and vanilla.
Notes: trade paperback, self-published with Booksurge
Rating: 5.5/10 - Nothing that I haven't already done three times over already with "Scott&Scott," but okay as a momentary diversion from more important reading.
24th-Dec-2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
That is some set of tan lines cover ^^;;

Although, whenever I see tan lines, the only thing that goes through my mind is, "Wear sunscreen dammit!" Skin cancer just isn’t sexy......
24th-Dec-2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
It could be a spray-on tan. You never know. ^_~
24th-Dec-2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Wouldn’t that wash off in the shower? ^_^; Maybe not....
24th-Dec-2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on the type...?
24th-Dec-2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Shows how much we know about tanning ^^;
24th-Dec-2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
*snorts* No kidding. If it weren't for the multivitamin I take everyday, I'd be vitamin D-deficient for sure.
25th-Dec-2005 12:39 am (UTC)
Well I live in Florida and haven't gotten a tan or sunburn since I've been here ^^
25th-Dec-2005 12:52 am (UTC)
Not even the slightest browning? You must not go swimming outside, then...
25th-Dec-2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Dermatologists say I'm doing a wonderful job taking care of myself, everyone else thinks I'm a freak ^^;; I do go swimming, but really not that much and I put my super heavy duty sunscreen all over well before.. You'll pretty much never find me hanging out at the beach though, even though it's just a couple miles away...
25th-Dec-2005 01:46 am (UTC)
It's doubly hard not to get sunburned in unshaded water, though. The water reflects the light right back onto you, so you're getting it from both directions. Snow does that, too, which is apparently why people who live in the tundra are often dark-skinned.
25th-Dec-2005 02:13 am (UTC)
I guess I just don't stay in long enough.. Plus, my good SPF 45 waterproof ^_^ Of course, my ancestors come from someplace with little sunshine, hence the virtual lack of pigmentation ^^
25th-Dec-2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* I've always found that "waterproof" stuff to be not really. But then, I love drifting along on the waves for hours at a time. ^^;
25th-Dec-2005 03:19 pm (UTC)

I think the salt water will scrub off anything before too long ^_^; A lot of people also seem to just slather it on, and jump right into the water, washing it all away instantly...
25th-Dec-2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
I've used "waterproof" sunblock since I was really, really young...but it was never all that it claimed to be.

Heck, I get burned on the top of my head, right through my hair, when it's OVERCAST! *grr*
1st-Jan-2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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