I wanted to love this book.
I think I may have fallen in love with it before reading. Well, the idea of it anyway. I love nerds and virgins and humor and men who love men. This was set up to be everything. Maybe I had too much excite prior. The build up was too great. *shrug*
The first 10% was some of the funniest stuff I’ve read in a book; Beginning with Jaxson’s coming out pushing out intervention to the subsequent sex toy mishap. Funny AF! I kept thinking that I really hoped it wasn’t like a comedy movie trailer where all the good parts are in the trailer and the rest blows. It wasn’t. There were super funny parts throughout. But there were also over the top…like REALLY over the top moments that took away from my overall enjoyment of the book.
Jaxson is a 23 year old nerdy virgin. I’m talking, card-carrying-member-of-a-Dungeons & Dragons game-that-is-played-in-a-back-room-with-a-dungeon-master type of nerd. He decides to take his “pleasure” in his own hand… errr or in the Jackhammer. But, he doesn’t add lube.
*take all the time you need to cringe*
This leads to a series of unfortunate events that includes crazy family, a trip to the ER, and a procedure to save his penis. Enter Tyler, Jaxson’s nurse.
I really liked Jaxson and Tyler together. The beginning of their relationship I totally got it. They had great chemistry and Tyler helped offset Jaxson’s insecurity and awkwardness. Then, I felt like so much was skipped over on their relationship development and more writing was focused on the other characters and their antics. It wasn’t insta-love but it seemed close based on the way it’s written and what was left out. When Jaxson got together with any of his friends or family members, there were funny AND ridiculous moments. I found myself skipping scenes because the OTT moments were obnoxiously OTT. They are a group that loves each other but have zero boundaries; even when it’s to the detriment of Jaxson. Some of the shit that went down would be a no fly zone in real life and in here it was like, whatevs.
There isn’t a lot of sex in the book but there is a TON of discussion about Jaxson’s sex life or lack of one. The “drama” was predictable. *sigh*
Maybe it’s me? Clearly, I’m in the minority with my rating. Maybe I would have appreciated it more if I wasn’t anticipating the hell out of it. I enjoyed it. I loved parts of it… just not as a whole.
I’d recommend it for those who like funny, low angst books.