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Nothing Personal by Scott&Scott 
29th-Aug-2006 11:58 pm
Otherwise known as junk food in printed form. My craving for its ilk comes and goes. (^^;

Pomfret, Scott and Scott Whittier. Nothing Personal. Romentics, 2005.
Summary: Cuban-American Carlo Batista turns activism into a political campaign to challenge a corrupt and bigoted Ohio legislator's seat. Unfortunately, his boyfriend Brian Gallagher turns out to be a goon for the other side. In the end, however, Brian decides that his loyalties lie with Carlo, and Carlo ends up winning his bid for office.
Comments: Perhaps the best of the Romentics novels thus far in that it manages to frame the love story in the larger relevant socio-political context--and the politics are, for the most part thankfully, sound. Oddly, it also happens to be the first and thus far only one to include unsafe sex (between a budding politician and the opposition's extortionist muscle, of all things, but, well, romance novels are never about the probable, now are they?). Sadly, the newfound depicted "risk" is a definite waste; the love between the two men struck me as limp and unemotional. I couldn't bring myself to care vicariously at all about the couple. In the Romentics novels that I enjoyed most, you got alternating chapters told from each side's point of view. Since you never really get into Brian's head, you never start caring about him. Heck, you don't even find out exactly WHAT the problem is until very late in the game. And, anyway, Carlo is too busy with is campaign to worry overmuch about Brian's lack of enthusiasm. (P.S. I'm so NOT loving the cover art.)
Notes: trade paperback, independently published with Booksurge, LLC
Rating: 5/10 - A solid enough gay romance novel, I suppose, but the political rallies are more exciting.
30th-Aug-2006 09:12 am (UTC)
I actualy really want to read this one. Any interest in doing a book swap?
30th-Aug-2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I want to hold on to this one. I'm sorry!! T_T

But if you'd like to get a copy for yourself, I recommend BUY.com. They have the cheapest prices on new books in general.
1st-Sep-2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Review archived.
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