Book Reviews

Convenience Store Romance by Red Haircrow (in Boys Getting Ahead at STARBooks Press)

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Fiction
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-November-2010

Book Blurb

STARbooks Press is proud to release the latest in the series of anthologies edited by Mickey Erlach, carrying on the tradition of STARbooks Press founder, John Patrick, with Boys Getting Ahead – erotic stories of hot young men climbing the corporate ladder.

Everyone has heard of the casting couch, but did you know it stretches far beyond Hollywood? Many a stud has used his “talents” to get ahead, whether in an office, a loading dock, a store, or especially in politics. After all, to get ahead in life, you sometimes have to take it like a man – or give as good as you get! Some boys will do what it takes as often as necessary to grab the brass ring or at least wear it. There are no limits to what some of these guys will do. If the boss wants it rough, that’s cool. If the boss wants romance, that’s perfectly acceptable. And, if the boss wants to throw you to the curb and treat you like a whore, that’s the chance you take when you use your body to get ahead.

Who said achieving success was going to be easy?

Boys Getting Ahead features the erotic writings of David Holly, Derrick Della Giorgia, Jay Starre, John Stewart, Landon Dixon, Logan Zachary, Mark Apoapsis, Michael Roberts, R.W. Clinger, Red Haircrow, Rob Rosen, Stephen Osborne, and Wayne Mansfield, just to name a few.

Do you have what it takes to get ahead? Or, do you want to know what it will take to get ahead? These stories will help you achieve success the hottest way possible!


Book Review

This short story made me think. It isn’t your usual m/m story, and doesn’t fit the anthology description – not exactly, at least. And that was what made it so interesting to me.

In a way it does talk about Darren getting ahead, but he doesn’t do it by pushing his way onto the career ladder. Rather, he attracts Rob’s attention, and Rob ends up helping him figure a few things out – because that is who Rob is. The lesson is hard for Darren, because Rob ends up leaving to pursue his own career goals. But that, also, is who Rob is.

I did struggle with the fact that there isn’t a happy ending – but in the end, both characters are true to their nature, the story is very realistic and will stay with me much longer than many others I have read. A very nice surprise!

DISCLAIMER: This is a short story that was published as part of an anthology (Boys Getting Ahead). I have not read any of the other stories, since this one was supplied by the author for the purpose of a review.

Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Anthology/ short stories, 252 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-October-2010
Price $2.99 ebook
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