Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review: Thank My Lucky Scars by Tia Fielding

Thank My Lucky ScarsBlurb:
When London bicycle messenger Matt Rooney has a run-in with a rich guy’s Mercedes, he ends up housebound with his leg in a cast. Bored, Matt uses his suddenly limitless free time to web-stalk American porn star Brian Enola. What he doesn’t expect is for his witty Tweets to develop into an actual correspondence.

A UK promotion brings Brian to London, where the online chemistry explodes into real-life attraction—but a potential romance is foiled by the forces of distance, misunderstanding, and practicality. After all, Matt and Brian live on different continents. But with the support of their loved ones, maybe they can find the strength to give love a fighting chance.

Todd’s rating:

After reading another similarly sweet short story, "Two Night Stand", my friend Renee suggested that I read this story.

(And was kind enough to Kindle Lend it to me, so thanks Renee!)

Although the plot of this book involved a porn subplot, the book was far more full of feels than sexy times.

Local London boy Matt began using Twitter in an effort to escape boredom, after being laid up due to his bike messenger career ending in an altercation with a Mercedes. He lost that fight, in a cast with steel plates holding his leg together.

So he begins following Brian Enola, his favorite hot and sexy US porn star on Twitter, initially afraid to message the man of his dreams, but eventually overcomes that fear.

Matt peaks an interest in Brian, real name Nick, when their witty conversations begin to get a more real.

So when Brian visits his employer's sister studio for a shoot in London, he decides to pay Matt, pet name 'Flashy', a visit and the attraction is both immediate and intense for both young men.

Matt and Nick only get to spend a few days together, but the connection only continued to grow, then Nick had to return to the stats, with them having shared nothing more than a kiss and a desire to make a go of it.

But the States no longer feel like home for Nick, so 'Brian' works feverishly to finish up his 6 month obligation to the studio early, in order to return to London, and Matt, as quickly as possible.

Brian has been over the porn industry for a couple of years and has contemplated retiring and falling back on his investment career for a while now, so with Matt foremost in his mind, he steps away from the limelight in favor of love.

The novella was short and feel-good, with some insecurities, but very little angst.

I personally could have had the story come off as a bit sexier, but with the way it was written, the sex would have been between 'Brian' and another porn actor -- which I did not want to see on page.

The porn was really only incidental to the story line and could have been eliminated in favor of writing Nick as a full-time financial investor.

But let's get real here. Who in their right damn mind would want to get rid of the porn part? Not me, because my momma didn't raise any crazy babies.

The only actual sex scene in the book was sweet and touching, as Matt and Nick totally fumble and laugh their way through their first time, which I found completely endearing and very in-character with the rest of the story.
As I was ripping through the foil with my teeth, the thing slipped somehow, and I ended up watching with wide eyes and the foil between my teeth as the condom flung across the room and ended up somewhere on top of or behind his dresser.

We froze again. Then suddenly Matt’s serious voice asked, “Are you absolutely sure you’ve done this before?
So as the story ends, the boys are headed toward their happily ever after and I'd rate the story a solid 4 *that-wasn't-fucking--no-it-wasn't* stars for this short novella about finding and waiting for Mr. Right.

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