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 BooksurgeRating
- Nothing that I haven't already done three times over already with "Scott&Scott," but okay as a momentary diversion from more important reading.