Author: Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/13/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
To prove to his annoying older brother that he’s a man, well-to-do sculptor Rupert Pemberton tries to repair his broken toilet. But he has no knack for practical tools and no know-how. After a flood of biblical proportions, he has no choice but to call for help.
A gorgeous hunk of a plumber named Paul Cooper shows up at Rupert’s doorstep with a ready toolbox and a sexy smile. With Paul at his side, Rupert realizes he wants more than a quick fix. After a couple of cozy dates and a few bouts of steamy sex, Rupert wonders how he can keep Paul around for good.
This story was strange and I did not connect with it at all, which is unfortunate.
There were times this story felt overly simplistic. Like when Paul was thinking through every tiny step of what he was looking at inside Roo’s toilet. And times when this story was random, like when they info-dumped and explained “what it meant to be a goth,” or when they talked about bisexuality, which by the way both felt totally inserted just because and I am not sure how they fit into the story.
There were other times where this was nothing more than a written version of a cheesy porn video, complete with pun-filled “dirty talk.” Then there were times it was a bit like a “first-time insta-love” young adult story, full of “yays!” and “giggling.” Finally, there were times this felt over the top, like the perfect ending to the “Christian establishment” they were asked to leave because they were holding hands at dinner. The mix did not blend well together and left the story with an overall disjointed feeling.
In addition to the strange randomness of the story itself, the characters were also a bit odd. Roo was a rather unbelievable and immature character. Totally naive about how to do anything yet he was supposedly a great sculptor. Wouldn’t he need to know what tools are to work with stone as his preferred medium? So then wouldn’t he know he had a toolbox? And other than talking about how he was a goth, I never got any goth vibe from him.
Because of Roo’s innocent and overly naive personality, Paul came across more as borderline lecherous rather than experienced. Except when he came across as old world gentleman with his “courting” of Rupert. Then he turned into the perfect boyfriend. It was more oddness to add to the overall strange feel of the novella.
I would like to say I enjoyed this one, but it was just too perfect, too rushed, and too disjointed for me.
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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