Steamy Sunday - A Monthly ECD Meme

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's time for Steamy Sunday: M/M Edition. Steamy Sunday is basically an (new) excuse for me to read a bunch of smutty books and then complain about how awful the free ones were.  Also my attempt to get into a more regular posting schedule.  This week I was all over the hundreds of just barely mediocre free m/m romances they have in the Kindle Store.

Uh, this contains spoilers for all books but...really I'm just saving you the trouble.  None of these have a star rating here because frankly they're just not worth it. I DID rate the first one 2 whole stars on Goodreads but it was mainly the nekkid parts that warranted the rating.

To begin, I would like to note that the titles of a LOT of m/m romances are simply preposterous.

For example, I read His Roommate's Pleasure by Lana McGregor first.  I rolled my eyes so hard when I read the title and glanced at the cover (see left).  I mean really.  What the hell is that?  I almost didn't buy it, but it was $0.99 and almost all of the reviews used the word hot in varying degrees (including scorching - sign me up), so I figured why not. In case you're looking for a summary - it's pretty much what it says on the tin.  Adam somehow clicks on his roommate's (Josh) porn folder while trying to submit a paper. A pretty steamy series of exploratory sexytimes ensues (there are paddles and restraints involved. FYI) and then of course they fall in love (which, for a while, I didn't think was going to happen).  There is very little plot, but what little there is comes together (NO pun intended, please, I'm better than that) in the end.  Good times all around.

I also read Cuddle Buddy by Nate Tanner which, despite my hope of all hopes, contains no (actual) sex (with or without feelings).  I feel misled because: "This category-shattering 10,000-word m/m romance contains brief adult content and is not suitable for those under 18."  I mean I guess it does say brief but STILL.  And I think we all know that nothing about those 10k words is "category-shattering" - if only because there's NO SEX.  It's literally about two guys who become cuddle buddies.  They cuddle together like 3 times a week - in addition to having their jobs, girlfriends, and other hobbies.  An...interesting, if disappointing, read.

Let's not forget about the wholly embarrassing and thankfully short read of Freshman Orientation by Brandon Reed.  Just read the description - and, sweet Lord, what is that book cover?? - it's pretty much self-explanatory.  Boy meets boy (after rather creepily stalking the entire incoming freshman class for potential young hook-ups), boy overcomes increasingly outrageous obstacles (including but not limited to scary raccoons threatening them after a romp in the courtyard) to get in other boy's pants, and 50 pages later they fall in love and live HEA.

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