Reviewed by Katinka C.
TITLE: Taboo For You
AUTHOR: Anyta Sunday
BLURB: Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . .
Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years. Who also happens to be his best friend. Who Luke needs to tell the truth, but he just . . . can’t . . . seem to . . .
Jeremy’s freaking over-the-moon. It’s the countdown to his 15th birthday, and his goal is simple. No matter what, he’s going to spend heaps of time with saucy Suzy. But first he needs to get his over-protective, no-girlfriend-’cause-you’ll-get-her-pregnant parents off his back. And what better way than pretending he’s gay?
Sam, Luke, and Jeremy. Three guys who have a lot of history together, and a lot of future too—
—well, if they can sort out their issues, that is.
A Friends to Lovers Novel
I think the experience of reading Taboo For You comes closest to floating around in a warm bubble-bath. I had a serious case of warm, fuzzy feelings when reading this cute story. Considering that I usually only have a sweet tooth when it comes to food and not to my books… What can I say? The author did a great job. She wrote a heartwarming and amusing gay for you book — and wrote it well! My cheesedar didn’t detect much to bitch about.
Taboo For You in a nutshell: Two neighbors: Sam and Luke. Sam accidentally knocked up a girl when he was only 15 and has been playing the responsible parent to his son Jeremy ever since. But now that he is about to hit the 30, he can’t help but think of all the kickass stuff he’s missed out on. Like swimming with sharks and doing something sexually taboo… Luke, on the other hand, has secretly been in love with his straight neighbor for years and helps him out with his son where ever he can. There’s only one problem: now that Sam’s BD is lurking around the corner, Sam has decided to step up his game. Meaning that time is running out for Luke, who snatched a copy of Sam’s bucket list and wants nothing more than to be part of his neighbor’s taboo fantasy…
I already mentioned the cuteness of Taboo For You. So let me just add that, while this story gently flows on and is pretty much angst and heartbreak free, a lot of stuff happens. You will be entertained the entire time. I smiled on many occasions, experienced a few feels and rooted for the sympathetic MC’s. The unreleased sexual tension (UST) is strong in this one too. UST mostly drives me crazy in a good way. As long as the tension isn’t kept intact by artificial plot-devices and doesn’t become too unbelievable (since Sam came across as the friendliest, but not the brightest bulb in the box, I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt here ;)). And as long as I’ll get rewarded eventually, of course!
I’m not Mother Mary! Psht!
Rewarded I did get. Although I have to say that one of the sex scenes made me raise my cyber eyebrow. You see, it included a bar of soap going a place where I think bars of soap aren’t supposed to go. And then it was used as a lubricant too? Ick! Seriously? Believe me, the last thing I want to do is chat about rectal suppository’s here, but they kind of illustrate that everything you put in there is absorbed by your body reeeally well…and I don’t think your health will benefit from soap much?
Weirded out. Yeah, that’s what I was. Weirded out that apparently no one of the mentioned beta readers and editors climbed on their soapbox because of this scene.
Something else I didn’t like were the numbers. It’s likely that it had something to do with the fact that Sam turned 30 and his kid 15, that emphasis was put on every single number in the text, by making it bold and 3 times bigger than the normal text. But the joke got old fast. And during certain scenes (if you get what I’m getting at), bold, inflated numbers have no business popping up. I suppose you can ignore them fairly easily though. Or crack up about them. Maybe it’s just me thinking it was a lame trick.
All things considered, bubble-baths are pretty damn wonderful every now and then. And this one in particular will definitely put a smile on your face.
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