A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: To put it bluntly, I found this book to be unbelievable and confusing.
Blurb: Wade Criss has always known there was something a little…off about him, but he hasn’t been able to admit it until now. He wants to sleep with another man. But not just any man. He wants his geeky, sexy acting classmate Zac.
Zac has been watching Wade all semester, waiting for the moment the other man would renounce his straight boy ways and fall into his bed. But when the two of them are paired together for their final exam, Zac isn’t sure how to react. What if Wade finds out his secret?
Zac is an Adult Phone Entertainer, and it’s that knowledge that turns Wade on more than anything. After all, there’s nothing hotter than the anonymity of phone sex. But it doesn’t matter how hot the sex is; everything always gets more complicated once feelings get involved. And Zac and Wade’s relationship is far from the exception.
The most disturbing thing for me didn’t happen until after I had finished the book. I read it, thought about what I was going to say in my review and then looked at the cover picture for the first time. I was dumbstruck when I saw the cover models. They were nothing like I had pictured them. The worst part is that I’m still not certain which model is supposed to be which guy. I can take a guess, but I’m not at all certain I would be right. If this is what Zac and Wade are supposed to look like, how did I have a completely different impression of them? To me, that was an indicator of weak character development. I say that because I only had a vague understanding of Wade and Zac was an enigma to me throughout the book. I never connected with him at all.
I also had a problem believing how quickly Wade accepted being gay. When we meet Wade, he’s looking at straight porn but it isn’t doing much for him. He sees a side ad for a gay porn site and clicks on it. Voila, gay porn does it for him. That revelation opens the floodgates and he is suddenly fantasizing about Zac, a fellow student he barely noticed before. When Wade finally makes a move on Zac, he goes from kissing, to rimming, to blowing, to having sex with Zac in their first encounter. Wade is totally comfortable with developments and ready to immediately come out and show his boyfriend off to the world. I have never known anyone to go from believing themselves straight to openly gay so quickly. It may be possible, but the author didn’t give me enough to make it believable.
I know I missed something important to the story because I’m not familiar with Wicked. Wade and Zac are partners in their acting class and have to perform a song from the musical. It’s supposed to be about the realization of love (I think?) but the importance was lost on me. A fan of the musical would probably be impacted by it a lot more than I was. I was a bit lost as to how this song could be such a perfect example of their love. I read the lyrics but they had no impact on me. I felt as though this song should have had a deep emotional impact on me, but I completely missed it.
I’m also not a fan of unrealistic drama in books. I thought it was ridiculous for Wade to throw such a fit over Zac’s job. Wade knew before they got together that Zac was a phone sex operator. He thought it was hot then, but once Wade and Zac are together, it’s more than Wade can deal with. I can understand why he might not like it anymore, but there was no need to throw a fit and storm out when a simple conversation would have resolved the issue. All the hysterics felt very immature to me. Not surprisingly, they resolve their issues and live happily ever after.
I have tried to tone it down and keep my frustration out of this review, but I can’t seem to help myself. This book is a superficial, sweet, HEA romance which isn’t my favorite to begin with and then add onto that a bunch of things which annoy me on a good day. I’m sorry for the less than eloquent review, but it’s the best I can do.
My bad attitude and irritation aside, the author does show great potential. Even though I didn’t love this book, I still enjoyed the writing style. I can’t recommend this book but I will say that this is an author to watch in the future. I’m actually pretty excited to see how much he improves with subsequent books.