Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book Review: The Dotted Line by Nick Pageant

The Dotted Line
When lonely bookshop owner Jimmy Sommers realizes that he's in love with his best friend, Pete, he decides he'll do anything to get the handsome doctor's love in return. Jimmy gets in touch with a Stevie Nicks loving gypsy named Sonia, and together they summon up a demon from the pits of Hell to put Jimmy's love life in order. What could possibly go wrong?

Todd's rating:

I enjoyed Nick's super-quirky tale of a guy suffering from anxiety summoning a demon to help him get the guy he loves.

At 29, scared-of-life bookshop owner Jimmy Sommers isn't smoking hot or built or even charismatic, but he is determined to win over the heart of one ER doctor, by 'almost' any means necessary.

At 32, ER doc Pete Blackburn actually is all of those things, but he's also down-to-earth and real, so Jimmy's tendency toward theatrics isn't an issue for him. He's secretly longed to be with Jimmy since their first encounter.

But Jimmy, being a nervous dumbass, concocts a plan to sell 'part' of his eternal soul to a demon in order to get Pete to like him. As I've said many times before, dumb boys are dumb.

So with the help Sonia, of Sonia’s Spells and Sundries, a Romanian Gypsy, Jimmy gets his demon summoning spell and before you can say double-headed dildo, Beelzebub, aka "Bill", is standing in Jimmy's kitchen, asking for 10% of his soul.

Bill is not to be trusted, hello, he's a demon who eats souls, but he's actually a very likable character, sort of the consummate bad boy.

I also really enjoyed the side story of Sonia 'love spelling' a gay porn star, Ricky, into loving her and seeing how that played out.

The book has a lot of very funny dialogue, but not so many that it ever really goes too over the top. Several of the scenes do require quite a bit of reality suspending, but I found it to be a fun read and laughed a lot.

The humor actually reminded me a bit of TJ Klune's, to be honest, which I say as a definite compliment, as I LOVE his weird-assed humor.

I could have used a teeny bit more steam, but what's on page is pretty filthy, with a bit 'o kink for good measure, in a good way. Vanessa North would be proud. hehe

This story won't be for everyone, but if you enjoyed Nick's "Beauty and the Bookworm," then you'll probably like this one, too.

I'd have to say this one came in at around 3.75 stars for me, so if you're up for a bit of oddness in your life, this may be the short novella for you.

This was my own copy of the book, not provided by the publisher or author.

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