on April 12, 2013 :
This is one of the best books I've read on Smashwords. I loved the protagonist Harry, but all the characters are so vividly portrayed. It's not the typical gay romance you seem to get - the trite story of gay couples overcoming the prejudice of their families and finding a perfect HEA. Instead, this story is funny and a little dark. The characters are very flawed but so wonderfully written that you can understand their motivations and like them anyway. The themes of S&M and prostitution are written in a sympathetic and un-sensational manner that makes it educational, understandable and a joy to read. I loved it. There's also a free story set after this one called 'Tinsel is like Bondage for Trees'.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on March 19, 2013 :
Someone did a review which drew me in and made me decide to get this book, but I am sooo glad that I did....it's extremely funny, it's irreverent, it's shocking, it's painful sometimes but never, ever boring!!
This book is about hookers plain and simple, no beating around the bush, and mostly it's about Harry, the twink in the body of a bear, who is really just looking for love like the rest of us. We learn about Harry's past (not at all pleasant), we learn about Harry's employees at the agency he runs with the scary Lena, his protegee Danny (whose real name is Linus), Harry's problematic customers including the slightly weird and spooky Logan, and eventually after lots of heartache, we dare to hope that Harry finally gets his own HEA.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)