Book Reviews

Busy Doing Nothing by Elinor Gray at Silver Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-August-2012

Book Blurb

Jake is overqualified for scooping ice cream, but what better way to spend the summer before senior year than living at the beach with his best friends and working on the boardwalk? Plenty of sun and surf, not to mention Michael, the hot lifeguard who comes to the stand to flirt.


When he invites Jake to a party, Michael sparks a hot, playful fling that Jake almost can't believe is happening to him. But summer has to end, and Jake has a policy against long-distance relationships. He breaks up with Michael and heads back to college.


Will Jake realize how special Michael is before he slips away for good?


Book Review

Short and cute, this story describes a summer full of good friends, who are fun characters, and some poignant moments as Jake makes the transition from high school to college. The fact that Jake tells it in present tense made everything more immediate for me, but then, I like present tense on occasion. The title is a great description of the feel of this story: nothing much happens externally (this is NOT an action/adventure), but a lot happens internally, as Jake finds his way in a changing world.


Jake is excited about having a summer job near the beach, even if he says he is overqualified for scooping ice cream. The point of this job is not making a career of it, but giving him the opportunity to interact with his friends and have some fun, while earning some money and possibly making a few new friends. Jake's emotions and thoughts are very clear, typical of a young man at that stage, and brought out the developing understanding of who he is and who he wants to be really well.


Michael is the object of Jake's admiration at first, and who can blame him for liking the hot life guard? But as the two of them become friends then test the waters for more, Michael turns out to be very supportive and genuine. Jake totally underestimates how much they have come to mean to each other and almost loses it all due to the rigidity of his principles.


If you're looking for a light, entertaining read about a young man on the threshold to independence and true adulthood, and if summer sun and beach sounds like a good setting, you will probably like this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 141 pages, 26679 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-July-2012
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