Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Deanna Jamroz
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/13/2015
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Truck driver, Derrick Choi needs release in the worst way, and Paul Fontana is just the man to give it to him-with no apologies.
Derrick Choi hasn’t had sex in months, and he’s about to explode. At the end of a particularly rough day, Derrick decides to unwind at a club and is surprised when the lead guitarist of the band turns out to be the manager at one of his delivery stops. Paul Fontana is a sexy older man who takes what he wants, with no apologies. Both men have a special chemistry and they have to decide whether to leave things as a two-night stand, or pursue something serious. It could be, though, that they have all the time in the world.
I picked this book because I am attempting to give chances to new to me authors and lesser read (for me) publishers. I have had issues with this particular publisher’s work in the past and so am leery of their new releases. Despite my reservations, I wanted to give this book a shot. This story did nothing to change my mind.
There isn’t anything special with Truck Me How I Like It. It has generic characters that don’t stand out at all, a shallow POV, awkward dialogue, and insta-love based on absolutely nothing.
I love both May/December romances and interracial couplings. Usually, I can put up with a lot and still enjoy a story, but there was just too much to dislike for my love for the tropes to overcome the negatives.
First is the over-the-top sex talk. The MCs say things like ‘cream my crotch’ and then there’s this particular excerpt.
I twisted, swerved and did figure eights with my ass and hips, and every time I came close to the dildo, I squatted over the sex toy until it just kissed my hole.
The editor could’ve done a lot with some of the descriptions here, especially if they had ever actually spoken to a gay man.
There isn’t much subtlety in the dialogue and it often comes off as exposition instead of natural conversation.
“He’s being treated in a center that cares for people with PTSD, paranoia, flashbacks, you get the idea. He came back from Afghanistan completely messed up, and we used to live in this shitty apartment that wasn’t helping things at all.”
These guys move at lightning speed, using pet names almost immediately despite no real connection. I have no idea what these two men saw in each other.
Add in Derrick’s unrealistic neighbors who have a rather unhealthy fascination with his sex life and there is a story with very little to offer.
I don’t rate books down for bad covers, but this one didn’t help. It’s rather skeevy looking and makes it look like the Paul is a pedophile and Derrick is underage.
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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