Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Public Display of Everything by Cara Dee

Public Display of EverythingBlurb:

 Is there a voyeur inside you? Or are you the one who would like an audience in the bedroom?"

Cory can’t keep a job. Flynn has a job he can no longer hide behind. A simple proposition in an effort to solve both of their problems leads two young men to confront the heartbreaks of their pasts in order to make a future together.

What starts as an innocent bit of voyeurism turns into a public display of…everything.

You know you like to watch.
Todd’s rating:

I undoubtedly liked the book, don't get me wrong. But another part of me really wanted the volume on the book to be turned up a few notches.

Cory is a very sweet 30 year old waiter / construction worker with an unused History degree, who tends to be a klutz, which causes him to quickly lose job after job after job. Long story short, he's floundering.

Flynn is the awkward, semi-nerdy, word-savvy 22 year old creator/owner of a popular London voyeurism and exhibitionism web site, Public Display of More. He has money, a nice apartment and loves his job, but he's lonely for something *more*.

After months of watching handsome Cory from a distance, "the kid" finally gets past his awkward nerves and approaches the out-of-work Cory with a proposition.
"Hi, my name is Flynn. Would you like to pretend to be me and whack it in a hotel window for my voyeuristic viewers? For $1,000 bucks."
Cory needs the money more badly than he needs his dignity to remain in his rat-infested youth hostel home, so he reluctantly agrees to touch himself, down there, for public consumption. (And it was definitely hot.)

And as secretly infatuated as Flynn is with Cory, Cory's attraction is most definitely reciprocal. So the slow burn that began as friendship eventually sparks and catches fire, consuming both Cory and Flynn.

Although both men were wronged in the past and have issues with trust and insecurity, they begin to overcome together with a lot of head-on determination that I found very admirable.

Flynn's betrayer is firmly in the past, on another continent even, but Cory's is still attempting contact, several years later, through sporadic Facebook messages, which we're privy to at the beginning of each chapter of the book. (The messages gave an ominous "Oh, shit, here it comes" sort of edge to the story.)

It was a very cute book, but here's a bit of my own "more" that I would have liked to have seen:
➜ Cory, the klutz, being more "klutzy". We're repeatedly *told* that he's a klutz, but didn't *see* much proof of his complete and utter 'klutzdom' very often. Please don't tell me, show me.

➜ Flynn, the awkward blurter, being more "blurty". His Google searches and lists were hilarious, but a bit infrequent, so including more on those would have been great.

➜ The voyeurism and exhibitionism hook of the story getting a few more scenes on-page, because the fairly limited number that we did see were H-A-W-T.

The book had a lot going for it and watching Cory and Flynn's relationship develop was a joy, but I didn't find a lot that differentiates this story from a lot of others out there.

3 1/2 *gimmie-a-bit-more* stars.
This was my own copy of the book, not provided by the publisher.

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