Title: A Thing for Cops
Author: Roland Graeme
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Jim Melton has had “a thing for cops” ever since he can remember. So it is only natural that be becomes a police officer himself. As a gay cop, Jim soon realizes that he belongs to a subculture within the law enforcement subculture. His many erotic adventures with both civilians and his fellow cops give new meaning to the phrase, “to protect and serve.”
This story is told from a first person point of view. It starts out when Jim, our main guy, is eighteen years old and experiencing some things for the first time. Namely, gittin’ it on with a guy he has a crush on. His name is Marco.
The rest of the story is like a journal in the sense that Jim ages throughout the book and each chapter is essentially a sexual encounter. Some chapters do start where the previous just left off but each of them feels more like a vignette. Jim enjoys experiencing and experimenting with people, so we get to meet a full cast of characters through him.
The writing is ok, with some of the typical “rules” broken in the form of run-on sentences, oddly structured phrases and commas galore. Normally, this wouldn’t be so high on my list of criticisms but this unfortunately isn’t the most exciting story I’ve read and things like this stick out more than usual.
Oh and I can’t forget the exclamation points. We get lots of them here. I mention this because it does affect the tone of the story, both Jim’s inner dialogue and that between him and other characters. It feels unnecessarily frenetic and doesn’t really change at all.
Since this is basically porn in word form, we get a grand plethora of those words used to describe body parts, what they can do, where they can go, how they can feel. I should have kept a list, some were rather inventive. Of all things, this is the one that forces one to choose between treating this as a “serious” read or something completely humorous or tongue in cheek. I kept going back and forth between the two and couldn’t ever discern which the author intended.
There are some moments where things flow nicely, mostly those related to the thin story and not the sex. This is partly due to the fact that Jim is mostly likeable. He’s sometimes a bit shy, a bit funny, respects people and is basically honest. Unfortunately, he and the other characters are simply overwhelmed by the endless sex acts and repetitive nature of them. (Yes, I know, I can’t believe I’m saying that, either. Also, I know I’ve just used a lot of commas. 😉 )
Here’s the thing: if you’re going to write porn on the page, make it interesting, keep a few things under your hat, and try not to spell every little thing out like a how-to guide. There isn’t anything wrong with porn on the page, but without anything else to really ground it, it falls flat.
The main thing that kept me reading was to find out how Jim makes out in the end. If or whom he ends up with as far as a partner. As I said, he is likeable, his personality is fun.
I like copper stories, but if you’re looking for one here, you won’t really find it. Yep, we have cops as main characters and a scene here and there at the station but that’s it.
I have tried to address a number of things about this book in this review so as to give you enough by which to make your own decision about it. Some of these things may not = boredom for you. So, if you’re curious, definitely check it out. I say that because this will definitely appeal to a number of people, without a doubt. Vive la difference, fellow readers, vive la difference.
If you have any questions, fire away! And thank you for stopping by. 😀
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