Book Reviews

That's Entertainment! by Clare London at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-November-2012

Book Blurb

Jack and Grady are casual extras in the adult erotic movies made by WrinkleTheSheets productions. Since the day they were caught making out behind the catering trolley during the filming of Spurtacocks, their director Gerry has decided it’s safer and more entertaining to keep them on the payroll, even if their devotion -- and lust -- for each other makes them rather unreliable players.

They support the darlings and divas of the company, from the vain Quinn to the surly Tomasz. They spend their time on cheap costumes and camoflauge, sex toys and phallic props, re-creating alternative classic movies in X-rated pastiches as never seen before. And throughout all the fun and banter, Jack and Grady’s modest love affair is a model of honesty and faithfulness.

But Jack is beginning to have doubts. Grady's sex drive is generous and he’s always eager for novelty. Jack’s no longer sure he can satisfy that, worrying Grady is bored with him -- that Grady wants something else. If only Jack had the nerve to ask outright. Instead, he has to rely on uninvited and distinctly dubious relationship advice from his fellow actors. Why is Grady keeping secrets? Just what are the strange noises coming from behind the locked door of their shared trailer? And does poor Jack really want to find out?

Book Review

'That's Entertainment' by Clare London is simply that—entertainment. It's a love story between Jack and Grady who dearly love each other, won't do scenes with anyone else, but are insecure and have trust issues. Instead of being honest with each other about their doubts, they go to extreme lengths to try to discover what it is that the other one is trying to hide. If they used the same honesty in their relationship as they do in their sexual interludes, they would easily be able to come to a solution.  

What actually makes the story are the witty, tongue-in-cheek, bawdy innuendoes and ridiculous stereotypical porn star characters which had me literally laughing out loud. Everyone is exaggerated to the extreme. Granted, I don't know any porn stars, but no one acts like that in real life. I hope. Merely the names of the movies, i.e. 'Free Willies', 'Seven Pumps for Seven Peckers', and 'Who Poked Roger Rabbit', had me in stitches. Also, the discussions about the movies were over the top and hilarious.

The characters took devilish delight trying to stir up trouble between Jack and Grady, who thought they were being discreet. When Jack realizes the door to his and Grady's trailer is locked, he suspects the worst. Instead of helping, maybe giving good advice, they fuel the fire by imagining what Grady could possibly be doing without Jack. Finally, one of the men suggests that he actually ask Grady what he was up to, but he still doesn't do so. Eventually they end up fighting although they don't know why. Secrets can break down trust faster than anything. The problem and its ultimate solution are just as outrageous as the rest of the story and just as funny. Even with such a light-hearted story, there's a message we'd all do well to heed: “Honesty is the best policy.”

If you are looking to read a story which is a parody of the porn industry at it's exaggerated best, one that will keep you laughing all the way through and leave a smile on your face afterward, even having a happy ending, then you will love this story. Thanks, Clare, for the enjoyable read.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 9194 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-November-2012
Price $2.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=650