This looked like a fun and humorous adventure from an author who’s short stories I enjoyed, Kyle Adams. I had also heard good things about Gina Rogers and so wanted to check this out!!
Author: Gina A. Rogers & Kyle Adams
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Where can a sexy alpha cop and the hottest man on the planet solve a murder, save a fabulous plant, fall in love, and discover an endless supply of lube? Homosapia, of course, where absolutely anything gay is possible.
All American Ram Rage is a dedicated officer of the law. He hates crooked cops, communicates in growls, and loves his applesauce. But when the town heartthrob calls in a stiffie—pun intended—Ram is drawn into the web of a sadistic killer who is every gay man’s nightmare: a vagina. The investigation leads him on a wild chase involving a sassy retired stripper, a strange little town, and, of course, crazy hot acrobatic stunts of an intense sexual nature with the gorgeous man at the center of it all.
To meet Kory Pleyes is to instantly fall in love. Literally. However, Kory has never returned those feelings until the moment sexy alpha cop Ram Rage comes barging, lights and sirens, into his life. Kory’s friends keep popping up dead, but it’s NBD and provides Kory with the excuse he needs to cling to the one man who doesn’t seem to mind that he’s a slow poke—this pun also intended. When the killer threatens the man he loves, will Kory be able to protect him with nothing but his average wits and incredible charm? Duh! It’s Homosapia, where anything gay is possible!
A Gay Romance had moments of brilliance!! Layered under puns, satire, spoof and raunchy humor was insightful commentary on all the tropes found in gay romance today. There were so many moments I found my self going “I see what you did there!” and laughing out loud.
However, this was not the book I expected. I hadn’t read any reviews and so was looking forward to a humorous novel, not a parody. And subtle this book wasn’t. It was a club over the head. Everything was in your face, cheesy, and overwhelming at times. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get through the first chapter. It was over the top awful, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. I powered through and found the story smoothed out after that first bit and was more balanced. There were twists and turns, some I figured out, others were a surprise; hot love scenes just this side of being too ridiculous; a whole cast of outrageous stereotyped characters that managed not to be flat; and an actual story.
Having read A Matter Of Time by Mary Calmes, I was able to appreciate the parallels between Ram Rage & Kory Pleyes and Sam Kage & Jory Keyes, but I think that it isn’t necessary to have done so to get the humor in their characters.
Bottom line: from a random point of view of a plant, a plethora of inventive names for an anus, and coming 22 times in one night to a enemies to lovers plot, insta-love and perfect characters every thing is covered in this book. It is not for everyone, but if you love spoofs and groaners and can get over puns, this book will entertain you!
I would like to thank MLR PPRESS for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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