Book Reviews

The Rotten Game by Pepper Espinoza at Amber Allure

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-November-2012

Book Blurb

Paul fell hard for Simon when they met Paul's freshman year, and he's done everything since then to prove it. Except tell Simon his feelings. Or even ask the other man out on a date.

Now, three years have passed without Paul making a move, and as Simon's graduation date approaches, Paul's desperation grows. He can't stand the thought of living without Simon, but he can't begin to tell Simon the true depths of his feelings.

Until Simon comes through with the unexpected assist, and Paul realizes their destiny was always in his hands...

Book Review

Stories about "almost missed" opportunities fascinate me, and this one is particularly cute. It is written with a lot of humor, despite the serious subject for Paul who has crushed on his fellow student, Simon, for three years without daring to do anything. But it was his ability to see how almost pathetic he was which made the story such fun to read. I could see him rolling his eyes at himself, and that requires quite the ability for self-deprecation. Done right, I find this very amusing.


Paul has had a crush on Simon for what feels like forever, but has never dared approach him in all that time. He berates himself for it, but still can’t get up his courage. He thinks the "golden boy" is out of his league. Taking the same classes and generally stalking him is as far as he gets. When he finally gets his chance, in a wonderful twist, the ensuing scenes are very hot! Somehow I think that taking a risk will no longer be as much if a problem for Paul in the future...


The sheer implausibility of that one scene on the lawn (you'll know which one I mean when you read the book) made me frown, then, seen in context of the rest of the story, it made me laugh. It wouldn’t work out of the context of this specific relationship, but it was very hot! If you like short reads that will make you smile, if you prefer your angst with a grain of humor, and if you enjoy stories about students who finally wise up to what they really want, then you will probably like this short book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 7000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 04-November-2012
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