I first read Plan B by SJD Peterson almost a year ago. I loved it then. I love it even more on audio.
Author: SJD Peterson
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he’s immediately attracted to Danny’s feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance’s first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.
Lance’s whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has grown to crave Danny’s touch, he’s not willing to give Danny what he’s grown to crave: a boyfriend who’s proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.
Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
When I read this story the first time, this is what I had to say:
Great book. I spent much of the second 1/2 with tears in my eyes. Danny is awesome, everyone should have a Danny in their lives. Wanted to strangle Lance, but he redeemed himself in the end. Would love a follow up on Danny and Lance.
Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Want a longer review? Buy this book, you won’t regret it! Still not long enough? Okay here goes.
Plan B is told in first person narrative from Danny’s perspective. Danny is an out and proud, flamboyant gay man. He is who he is, and he doesn’t make apologizes for that. One evening he catches the eye of straight uber-jock (and twin brother to the best friend’s girlfriend) Lance. Unsure exactly what Lance wants with him, they start a tentative friendship turned experimentation, turned jack-off buddy relationship. Lance, unfortunately, can’t reconcile his need for Danny with what he thought his life was supposed to be (i.e. his Plan A). After being jerked around by Lance’s hot and cold running reactions enough, Danny finally ends it… but not before his heart gets involved.
Plan B is more than an Alpha-meets-twink, insert lust, rinse and repeat story. It looks at the damage that can be wrought when societal pressures forces someone to be something he or she is not. It looks at the effect those pressures can have on not only the individual, but also the ones they love and who love them in return. It shows that sometimes love comes where it is least welcome. It shows that sometimes life starts when you move from Plan A to Plan B.
This is my second time through Plan B. It is by no means my last. Even on my second read, even on audio, Danny tugged at my heart strings more than once. I said last time that I spent much of the second 1/2 in tears. This time the tears did not fall, but they were stinging my eyes on more than one occasion.
Abs-freaking-lutely fabulous. That is all I really need to say about the narration of this one. Andrew McFerrin nailed Danny. I fell more in love with Plan B my second time through because McFerrin was the perfect Danny. He just got the character and, more importantly, he was able to portray the character with only his vocal inflections. At the same time, he brought life to both Lance and Bo (the aforementioned best friend).
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audio version of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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