Book Reviews

Peepshow by Clare London at Amber Allure

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-July-2013

Book Blurb

Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people’s lives? Ken doesn’t have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new shopping centre. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break—and plays sexy to the camera.

Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he’s behaving like a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken’s confused and thrilled in turn. It’s like living in one of the movies he’s studying at university. He knows the man can’t see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch.

Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide an explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to the real-life chance of romance?


Book Review

In 'Peep Show' by Clare London we meet Ken, a college student with a boring summer job watching surveillance cameras for a new shopping center. It's not the most exciting job but he needs the money. As Ken keeps an eye out for anything suspicious, he's surprised to find something very intriguing. There's a waiter at one of the restaurants who goes out on his break and attracts his attention. It's much better than watching the other dull things he usually sees. Ken has never thought of himself having voyeuristic tendencies, but he becomes fixated on Mr. Waiter. The longer he watches, the more explicit Mr. Waiter's antics become and Ken has a sneaking suspicion that he knows the waiter; there's something very familiar about him that he just can't place. It's exciting, but the more Ken thinks about it, the more Ken feels guilty and dirty, yet he just can't stop watching and reacting to Mr. Waiter.

Ken has a group of very close friends with whom he shares almost everything. He tells them about Mr. Waiter and they have an interesting and very British exchange speculating about who he might be. Unfortunately, they aren't any help. Ken has just about given up when he accidentally meets Mr. Waiter. When he finds out who he is, he's not so sure about wanting to be with him. What is good in theory, isn't so good in reality, so he hesitates getting together with him.

This is an entertaining short story. It's witty, cheeky, and enjoyable. It even leaves us with a message: Fantasy is one thing and reality is another thing all together. It may be exciting and pleasurable to fantasize about something, but often those things should stay in your imagination. Thanks, Clare, for the cute story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 16000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-June-2013
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