Sep 21, 2010

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Review: Gobsmacked by L.B. Gregg (Men of Smithfield #1)

Contemporary m/m Erotica
February 6 2009
125 pages
Aspen Mountain Press

Yummy Man – Mark Meehan
Yummy Man – Tony Gervase

From Goodreads
“No more Mr. Nice Guy.
Mild mannered Mark Meehan’s good judgment flies out the window when he finds his lover banging another man. Things go from bad to worse as Mark’s crazy revenge scheme uncovers shocking secrets—sending him straight into the arms of hunky lawman and old friend, Tony Gervase, a man of limited patience and secrets of his own.”

This is a big book for me this year.  Not only was it my 100th read of 2010, but it was also my first m/m story that I ever read.  *throws confetti* And since this was my first m/m read, you are probably thinking that there must be some back story to how I picked this particular title.  Well, to that I say…of course there is!

Many of my bloggy friends read and truly enjoy the m/m genre.  So I wanted to play too!  I went to one of the best sources for m/m – KC from Smokin’ Hot Books.  She is cookoo over this genre.  I asked her for advice and recommendations.  She sent me an email with a couple of authors who tend to be pretty consistent in their stories and their writing.  I noticed that one of these authors’s had a new book coming out and I thought ‘perfect’.  So, proud of myself for having decided which would be my first m/m book, I added it to my ‘to-read’ list on Goodreads.  Shortly after I added it, I get a message from Mandi telling me I made the wrong choice and that I should read this instead.  (Okay, she suggested maybe I would want to reconsider my selection since she had already read my original selection and didn’t think it was as good as some of the other books that this author had written .)  I really do appreciate her gesture, because of course she was right in her suggestion – this was the perfect m/m for me to start with.  Light and funny, two things I value in a contemporary book, no matter the genre.  So there is the back story as to why I decided to make “Gobsmacked” by L.B. Gregg my first.

This book gets you going from page one.  Mark, a usually calm and collected man, gets screwed over by his live-in lover and suddenly becomes a vengeful ass.  L.B. Gregg does a great job making you really feel for what Mark’s dealing with and he also does a great job making you really hate Jamie (the now ex-boyfriend).  I find that often in shorter stories, the author almost rushes through the character development leaving the reader feeling rather let down and disconnected, but that is not the case here.  The book is short, but the character development is great.  Not only is Mark well written, but so is Tony.

Tony is a local cop.  He’s been friends with Mark for years, but Mark has been neglecting his friendship with Tony since hooking up with Jamie.  I think we’ve all done that; half ignore the rest of the world once we enter a new relationship.  Tony is not bitter…much.  You can feel their history when these two meet on the page.  And you can truly feel how much Tony cares for Mark and wants to ensure he doesn’t do anything stupid…um, stupider.

I must admit that, while reading the first big sex scene, I was having some difficulty picturing how it was all going down (no pun intended ;)) I really don’t think what I was imagining was quite right since it seemed humanly impossible!  Maybe before I read my next m/m story, I should rent a video or something.  Yeah, I think that would be something I would be watching alone.  I just don’t think my saying “Hey Jason, I rented a movie.  Kind of like research.  Want to watch it with me?” will buy me a movie partner.

Overall, the story is charming and the characters balance each other very well.  You can’t want much more than that in a story, whether it be about a man and a woman or a man with another man.  I will definitely check out the other books in this series…once I have a little wiggle room in my to-read pile.

4 stars

Sigh worthy quote

“I heard him on the stairs before the knock came.  My heart skipped for the first time, I allowed my need for Tony to bloom inside me.  How could I have been this blind?  Sarah was right; I’d denied myself a chance because I was afraid.  I had settled.”

Books in the Men of Smithfield series –
Happy Ending
Cover Me
In and Out

  1. I think the first one you said you were going to read was one of the few Josh Lanyon’s I read and didn’t love..but you MUST read Lanyon in the future…he writes amazing books..and if KC says to read them, she knows what she is talking about. I turn to her now for all my m/m recs 🙂

    Glad you liked this one 🙂 Boys are yummy together, yes?

  2. Mandi – Boys together are yummier than I expected… 🙂

  3. This was also my first m/m read – glad you liked it!!!

  4. I really enjoyed this one. I love LB Gregg humor. Oh that bathroom scene…nom!!

  5. FV – Yes, that bathroom scene… *looks for some cold water*

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