Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ARC Review: Cutie Pies by Barbara Bell

Cutie Pies
Joey works at Cutie Pies, the smallest adult store in Sydney. After his parents kicked him out years ago, the haphazard shop became his home away from home and is the only place where he can embrace his queer, quirky, and—okay—sometimes a little awkward self.

When Mick, a new-to-town customer, walks in asking for a dildo, Joey thinks it’s all a part of the day’s work. Except Mick’s large dark eyes, shy smile, and kissable lips—along with the ten-inch dildo he bought—quickly win him a starring role in Joey’s nightly fantasies.

Joey can’t stop thinking about him, and Mick’s continued visits to the store make him even harder to forget. Mick is shy and sweet, but also secretive and uncertain. As the two grow closer together, Joey starts to wonder what Mick really wants from him, and whether he can risk falling in love with someone who might not be free to love him back.

Todd's rating:

 This short and sweet story was fun, but it didn't totally blow me away.

Also, other than the initial two items that Mick bought at the sex shop, the premise that Joey worked at a sex shop felt pretty under-utilized.

I mean, it's a SEX SHOP , for Christ's sake! Weird shit has to happen there all the time, right? But not so much in this story.

I would have also liked a LOT more background info provided about what precisely happened between Joey and his religious, conservative family, and also more details as to what Mick's "boyfriend" had put him through before moving to Sydney.

Overall, the parts of the story that I felt could/should have been more rushed lingered on a bit (amor between the lesbian best friend and their boss, for instance), but the relationship development, the thing that I really was hoping to see, well, that wasn't overly in-depth enough for my liking.

The steamy bits were 'kind of' steamy, but only kind of. The wallpaper was never in danger of being scorched or set ablaze.

But both Joey and Mick were extremely likeable characters, so I enjoyed reading their story, but I'd hoped for a bit more *WOW* than what the book actually delivered.

So yeah, 3 *throat-numbing* stars this time around.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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