Author: Lilah Suzanne
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
As writer of the popular Ask Eros advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team.
Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?!
Spice is my first title from Lilah Suzanne. She has a unique style that not everyone will like. However, I found her approach refreshing, honest and simple. The prose isn’t flowery. There is no fluff to pad the word count.
Each chapter starts with a question and answer from Simon’s “Ask Eros” advice column. The following chapter then, in some small way, relates to that advice. You get to see how the advice works or doesn’t, in real life. Each chapter (after a point) ends with a summary from his “Spice” sex column, where he sums up his feelings on various sexual exploits he and Benji try. It was an interesting insight into Simon’s mind that you don’t get in many books.
I rather liked Simon and Benji together. They both have their flaws. They are both a little too hot-headed and prone to run. They are both a little geeky and insecure. They are great together. They fall fast and hard.
As the story is told, there are time jumps. For example, one minute they are dating and then the next they are already living together. The reader isn’t privy to the discussion. It just is. The first time a jump like this was made, it was a bit disconcerting, but once I got used to the style, I was able to go with the flow. Other events happen in similar manners. There isn’t always the explanations you are used to. A lot of those explanations are implied through the aforementioned advice columns.
Now let’s talk about the storyline. Overall, I wanted a little more conflict. I kept waiting for something to happen. It never did. Yes, Simon had a douchebag-ex. Yes, said douchebag-ex harassed him. Yes, said douchebag-ex tried to get him in trouble. Then, nothing happened. Simon’s mother has a health scare, and Simon goes running. Then, nothing happens. Maybe I am just jaded, but I wanted a little more movement out of the story.
If you can get through Suzanne’s style of writing and read between the lines, you will likely enjoy Simon and Benji’s journey to forever love.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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