Book Reviews

A Taste of Honey by Ari McKay at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-May-2017

Book Blurb

Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend—now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only “woman” Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It’s a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.


Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a “date” with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.



First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016.

Book Review

Families, and especially Southern mothers, can exert tremendous pressure on their children to settle down, find a nice partner, and provide grandchildren. It can get to the point where Boone ends up in this story: he has to come to the family reunion with a girlfriend or face his mother inviting some “suitable women” on his behalf, all with the expectation of him falling in love and marrying one of them sooner rather than later. Boone is not the first young man, I am sure, who has the brilliant idea of bringing a “fake girlfriend” with him just so he can have a fun weekend without Mama’s nagging. But his plan, unlike those of many others, has a couple of very particular flaws and with them comes the potential for a particularly nasty turn of events. I was certainly holding my breath from the moment I figured out what he was going to do.

Boone is a programmer, a pretty logical and stable young man – under normal circumstances. When his mother presents him with what he perceives as an ultimatum, he knows the perfect solution is right under his nose. Since he has no intention to “settle down” anytime soon, and has no current girlfriend because he spends all his free time with his best friend Rob, and since Rob performs as a drag queen… Boone has an instant girlfriend at his disposal.

Rob has worked at the same company as Boone for a while. Rob is a graphic artist with a lot of flair, enjoys cross-dressing and performing in drag in front of an audience, and he is gay. He also has a huge secret – he has a crush on Boone but wants to be his friend more than anything and is not ready to risk alienating him by coming on to him – not that he thinks there is any point since Boone is straight. Right?

When Rob agrees to be his alter ego, Honey, for a weekend to help Boone out, neither he nor Boone has any idea of the consequences. Boone finds out what it’s like to see his favorite guy interact with him as if he were a woman – causing all sorts of reactions and feelings Boone never knew he had for Rob. Rob finds out what it is like to be stuck in hell – to find the man he loves look at him as if they were together as a couple. How they deal with it and what happens when an unexpected kiss makes them both pull back in shock (for very different reasons) makes for an exciting, unusual, and very thought-provoking read.
If you’re ready for an unusual coming out when a man suddenly sees the friend he loves appear in the gender he thinks he prefers, if you want to find out more about two men who are best friends only to learn they could be so much more, and if you’re looking for a read that is as interesting and unexpected as it is heartwarming and hot, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 88 pages/31672 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-May-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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