Friday, December 24, 2010

All Snug

Title: All Snug
Author: B. G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-745-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Elliott and Shawn want to buy a special gift for the man in their life for the upcoming Christmas holiday and each have decided on a beautiful antique four-poster bed in a local store. Unfortunately for the confused and uncomfortable business owner, they’ve both decided on the same bed and arrive at the shop at virtually the same time. Unable to make a decision between his customers, the proprietor leaves Elliott and Shawn to decide the bed’s fate.

The men settle on a competition that involves selling charity raffle tickets, mucking out horse stalls, collecting photos, and even talking a girdle off a drag queen, all while their mutual attraction grows. The question is, who deserves the bed more; Elliott who can easily afford the expensive gift or Shawn, the newly out-of-the-closet man barely able to make his rent.

All Snug is the first story by B. G. Thomas that I’ve read and despite being easy to figure out where the story was going, it was an enjoyable holiday story from beginning to end. It’s written entirely in Elliott’s viewpoint, so he’s the much better developed character but we learn enough about Shawn as the story progresses to get a good insight into the struggles he’s gone through in his life. Yes, there are some heavy moments but overall the story is rather lighthearted and fun as the two men race around town trying to outdo each other in their crazy, self-imposed competition.

My only niggle is the issue of not using a condom. In fact, it’s not even mentioned and while there’s a lot to be said for literary license, I found the omission a little glaring and out of character for Elliot since he’s been out for so many years. That being said, the sex scene was hot, intense and well written.

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