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Psychocat Reads Review of BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO by Deek Rhew
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
In a stretch where real life has been full of chaos and change, I jumped at the prospect to read and review something that promised to be more fun and less serious drama. Let's see if BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO managed to live up to my hopes.
The Characters: There were four characters in the book I found myself most caught up with. The central focus of the story is on Lindsey, the wife that is pretty much over everyone's shit and ready to reclaim her life. While in real life I may not agree with her choices, as a fictional character I absolutely loved them. There's Stewart, the cheating asshole, that was just too much fun to hate. Then there's Cindie, the "holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend," that makes you sympathize with Lindsey's reaction to the entire mess. Finally, there's Dios as the sexy and at times naive boy toy. It didn't take long for the author to evoke a reaction from me for each of the, and as the story progressed it was pretty clear my reactions were as intended.
The Relationships: Messy. If I had to describe the relationships in the book in a single word, that would be my choice. If you read the blurb, you know going in that the marriage between Lindsey and Stewart is going to be nothing short of a train wreck, and those two deliver. But the fun in the book is just starting with those two.
The Smut: I rate the smut in this one as more of a fun tease that added an edge than anything hardcore. And I don't mean that as a bad thing at all. What's there fits the tone of the book. Anything more would have detracted from what the story was meant to be.
Jen's Final Rating: 4 STARS!! BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO was a short, fun read. It made me laugh, cringe, and shake my head in turns, and I enjoyed the entire thing. Deek's writing is smooth and engaging. On the whole, the book doesn't seem to take itself too serious, and that was just what I was looking for.
Psychocat's Final Rating: If Stewart and Cindie thought Lindsey was hard to handle, they should start running now and pray that Psychocat doesn't get a hold of them.
Title: BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN GIGOLO
Author: Deek Rhew
Released: January 19th 2016 by Tenacious Books
An old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband's cheating--and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend--inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.