Book Reviews

The Naughty Boy by J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-May-2013

Book Blurb

Brin and his Dom, Ferg, have enjoyed a fun, sexy domestic discipline relationship for years. Brin knows his role--flamboyant, fabulous brat--and Ferg knows it\'s his job to play the big bad Dom, giving Brin the punishment he desperately craves. When Brin is tasked with dressing his new friend Lane Moredock for a date with Brin\'s ex, Derek, he\'s excited--fashion is what he knows best, and Lane is going to look stunning. But what should be a fun afternoon takes a serious turn when Brin sees that Lane has been injured, and Lane\'s reluctance to tell Brin the truth about it makes Brin start to question who he is, why things didn\'t work with Derek, and what people really think of him. Is he just a flittery, glittery fashion fairy? Or does he mean something more to the people he loves? And can he find a way to bring these doubts up with Ferg--or is Ferg going to have to Top his way to the bottom of this?



Sequel to The Good Boy



Book Review

This is a great companion book to The Good Boy (reviewed here). As angsty and deep as that book is, this one is the perfect addition because it is light and funny. Interestingly, that doesn't mean it isn't deep, and I love how J.A. and Lisa use a totally different style here to expand on the point that friendship and respect, no matter what the rest of the relationship looks like, is a crucial fundamental without which a partnership won’t last.

Brin, at first glance, is the flighty, glittery, utterly flamboyant gay man of the stereotype so many people think of as the "typical" gay man. He is a sub, capable of throwing epic tantrums to get exactly what he wants, and that's the way he normally likes it. The thing is, talking to his friend Lane, Brin realizes that isn’t all he wants to be. The image is so strong though, and has offered him a certain level of protection for many years, that it is hard for him to see the truth. His biggest fear is that he really is that superficial and can’t be a good, true friend to anyone. Self-doubt starts eating at him to the point he goes into a mini melt-down.

It's a good thing Fergus recognizes this when he comes home. Like the good Dom he is, he "Tops his way to the bottom of the issue" (as the blurb promises), and finds the right actions and words to fix the problem. Everything he says and does speaks of his deep love of Brin, and even though it takes a while to get through Brin's funk, eventually he does succeed.

The book is written in Brin's voice, and that being about a mile a minute, it gives a high level of energy to the entire story. If you like stories that follow up with some of the characters from a longer novel, if you enjoy reading about men who have a great sense of humor and are loyal to a fault, but doubt themselves, and if you're looking for a short read that has more depth than usual stories of that length, then you will probably like this short book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 45 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-May-2013
Price $1.99 ebook
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