Monday, January 30, 2017

Book Review: The Epic Love Story of Doug and Stephen by Valerie Z. Lewis

The Epic Love Story of Doug and Stephen
A comedy about a bisexual mechanic turned model who aims to get the man of his dreams and save the world as soon as he finishes smoking this joint.

Todd's rating:

This story was equal parts awesome and spastic.

It took me a very long time to warm up to Stephen, who was cold, negative, bitchy and the most terminally unhappy person you'd never hope to meet in real life.

But Doug. Sweet Jesus, Doug made me laugh and smile so hard. He was such a breath of fresh air and a complete whirlwind of feel-good emotions on every single page. No, he'll never be the smartest person in the room, but he'd be the one you'd remember most, in the best possible way.
"I'll have pie with you right now, for a period of no longer than forty-five minutes. But in return, you will promise to stop calling my house and hanging up."

"For how long?"
Doug asked.

Stephen looked at his watch. "I'm leaving at five thirty."

"No, I mean for how long do I have to stop calling your house and hanging up?"

Stephen paused. "Forever."

"That's not fair. How about until Wednesday?""

It was strange, but I never really questioned why Doug, who'd always preferred women, was suddenly head over heels for the gruff and scary Stephen. Much like Doug himself, it just was and didn't require much scrutiny.

I also especially enjoyed the side characters in the story, too. Wilson, Doug's pot dealer. Alex, Doug's flaming photographer at the magazine. Even Albertus, the homeless accountant, who helped bring down the big, bad corporation. They all just really worked here to support the story and make it feel more complete.

My only complaints regarding this highly-entertaining story were the fade-to-black sex scenes, the difficulty tracking some of Doug's frequent flashbacks and the rather abrupt ending, but in the grand scheme of things, those turned out to be minor niggles for me.

Overall, this story was a complete hoot and I'd highly recommend this *FREE* read, with it coming in at around 4.25 stars.

NOTE: If you're still not quite sold, be sure to read my 'Reading Progress' comments below. Those quotes from the book were freaking hilarious.

I got the story for free with my Kindle Unlimited membership, but the author said she also has it for free on her website.

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