The Dotted Line by Nick Pageant ~ Book Review by Lirtle

The-Dotted-Line-cover-1Title: The Dotted Line

Author: Nick Pageant

Publisher: Pageantry Books

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/02/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance


When lonely bookshop owner Jimmy Sommers realizes that he’s in love with his best friend, Pete, he decides he’ll do anything to get the handsome doctor’s love in return. Jimmy gets in touch with a Stevie Nicks loving gypsy named Sonia, and together they summon up a demon from the pits of Hell to put Jimmy’s love life in order. What could possibly go wrong?

My View:

Jimmy is in love with Pete. Pete is a kind, observant, and patient guy, as well as a doctor. Easy to see why Jimmy might be in love, eh? He’s just gotta get up the nerve to ask Pete out on a first date to get the whole love ball rolling. (It’s ok, I’ll wait… 😉

This story kept me on my toes in more ways than one. Pageant is unafraid to gift his characters with what most would consider ‘out there’ perspectives on the world, favorite things to do and enjoy, and the like. I loved every one of them. I could never rest on my laurels (who wants to do that anyway?) with these characters and their ballsy approaches to life (yeah, I’m rolling with the theme), even Jimmy. The surprises kept popping up like I was in a literary version of whack-a-mole. I loved it.

I laughed and snorted and snortled many times, along with moments of ‘awww’ and ‘hell yeah’, especially with a certain… frog.

I’m still trying to figure out how to describe these characters at least a little bit, more than that intro up there, without giving too much away. I think I’m going to fail in doing that, in regards to the describing part of the equation. The same goes with using any quotes or passages! Every sentence of this story is vital and propels things forward, even the mini side trips, especially those within Jimmy’s head. I highlighted a number of those, the laughs and awww’s and hell yeah’s. I don’t wanna let the frog outa the pocket, so to speak. (Hmmm, another frog reference, you say…)

Pageant’s humor is abundant here, but in a new way, showing growth in tone and usage. As I’m sitting here, writing this, I’m giggling again. This time, it’s Sonia’s fault – she’s a friend of Jimmy’s and she knows what she wants and how to get it and makes no apologies. My kinda gal! Additionally, the level of heart displayed and explored with these characters is given in healthy doses, making for a delightful mix

There were a few instances where either head-hopping was happening or the phrasing made it read that way. I reread a couple of sentences in each case and got back on track. Honestly, though, having to re-read any part of this? Not a hardship.

If you pick up this little ditty, you’ll get a neurotic store owner, a sweet doctor, and supporting characters that will have you pumping your fist in solidarity, triumph, and hilarity. It all reads like a modern fairy tale, mixing children’s bedtime stories with very adult challenges and fun, and I enjoyed every moment. This one doesn’t take itself too seriously, except in making sure the audience has fun and turning a few misconceptions back around on the idiots who believe them. 😉

I’ll leave you with this:

”First, call me Bill. Second, yes, I can help you… for a price. Now, where is this guy? Let’s get him over here. I’ll scramble his brains and he’ll have his legs in the air before you can say ‘Mephistopheles’.”

Who is Bill, you ask? I’ll let you find that out for yourself. 😉


The Dotted Line on Goodreads
Pageantry Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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