Book Reviews

Plan B by SJD Peterson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 17-April-2013

Book Blurb

Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

Lance's whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has grown to crave Danny's touch, he's not willing to give Danny what he's grown to crave: a boyfriend who's proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.

Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Book Review

I enjoyed this colorful love story which features an androgynous gay male who likes to wear makeup and a straight college jock who is committed to a future in professional football. Told in the point of view of college student Danny, the story opens with the theatre major readying himself for a frat party that he's attending to support his best bud, straight male, Bo. After slapping on a bit of purple eye shadow, some blush, and fluffing up his purple and blonde hair, he's ready to help Bo get the girl he's after. Figuring the best he can hope for is some free beer, as the fraternity crowd is not his style, little does he guess that the night will hold a hint of romance for him as well, in the form of the girl's brother, Lance.

When he initially meets Lance, Danny gives him the once over and decides he's nothing special. In fact, the way the inebriated jock stares at him gives him the heebie-jeebies, enough that he feels justified in leaving the gala. Unfortunately, Lance's stare continues to taunt him, causing him to lose sleep, which isn't good, as he's got a show coming up. He manages to put his mind back on his upcoming production, but then runs into Lance everywhere; the jock appears to be haunting him. Certain that the dude is straight, Danny tries to convince himself that the gleam in Lance's eyes can't possibly be lust, can it?

I really liked Danny, he had none of the stereotypical characteristics typically used to portray an effeminate gay male. Danny comes from a loving, supportive family of actors who accept the colorful, wild child that he is. When he reveals that he is gay, they take it in stride, no questions asked. A talented performer, Danny is pretty happy with his identity as a gay, effeminate male who likes to showcase his personality with a choice selection of makeup and sharp clothes. Boys clothes, girls clothes, it really doesn't matter as long as it matches the mood he's in and makes him look and feel fabulous, He's pretty enough to be a girl, has a sharp mind, and is full of witty comebacks for anyone who opposes his choices. His future is looking good and he's not really looking for a boyfriend. He handles his business through temporary hookups, but he's a flirt, not a slut, and chooses his playmates carefully.

Lance is a star footballer and his future is all laid out for him. He plans to finish college, and become a professional football player, after that his life will just fall into place. Danny is not in his plans, but he can't seem to get over his fascination with the flamboyant male and follows his curiosity around, trying to figure out what it is about the dude that has him hot and bothered. The following around turns to talking, the talking leads to a memory of a dream-like encounter, and that leads to a very real kiss. Which leads to more questions and some very hot encounters between the two men as they fall head over heels in lust with one another.

Danny is more than willing to answer, in a show rather than tell manner, Lance's bi-curious questions, but the jock seems to be overly enamored of his pretty girl features. Does he really get that Danny is a man? And is Lance man enough to deal with his feelings for a man?
These and more questions are answered in this captivating and gutsy, character-driven college drama. The romantic relationship between the two men is well-paced and the story has great supporting characters in Bo, Danny's friend for life, and Lance's sister. Filled with a variety of charismatic settings, I especially enjoyed the visit to the drag club, which, like Danny's character, is written almost stereotype-free.

A gay for you story with growing pains, I highly recommend Plan B; it's funny, poignant, and easy to lose yourself in. Thanks. SJD Peterson; I'll be keeping my eyes open for more of your work.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/67377 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-February-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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