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Neil Plakcy
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Living in the awesome gay candy store called South Beach, Brian Cohen laments his inability to score a great job or a sexy boyfriend--until he lands at the website, where his hunky boss may want more from him than just his management skills.

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Review is a hilarious and fascinating story. The very amusing Neil Plakcy illustrates some of the intricate details of constructing an internet business with this superb story which with most people can relate. --Literary Nymphs

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  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608200361
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (December 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD5VXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brian is an unemployed 30-ish gay man, who relocated to Miami's South Beach as a change from his dead-end work history, and - hopefully - find a Mr. Right among the oh-so-wrong beauties in that diverse gay community. His BFF, Stella (a model), gives him a job lead at GayLife.Com, a start-up company looking to debut the ultimate gay website for the community. Brian is immediately in lust with Nick, the big boss, but knows that Nick is partnered with Paavo, a hunky supermodel who makes Brian look like a waste of skin by comparison. Reluctantly, Brian takes the job as Nick's assistant, using the time-consuming nature of the work to cope with the frustration of being so close, yet so distant, from his boss. A series of internet hook-ups do little to help, but Brian takes some comfort in knowing that his hard work and dedication is helping Nick (and Paavo, who is an investor in the business) make their site successful. A subsequent revelation gives Brian new hope, but soon an unexpected event, right before the site's IPO (stock offering), threatens to separate him from his job as well as Nick's friendship.

Author Plakcy is best known for his Hawaii-based wonderful "Mahu" series of crime mysteries, but he lives in Miami and that connection is obvious in the realistic local flavor of this deliciously-layered "coming of age"/romance novel. The relatable characters seem to leap off the page, with even minor players (such as Brian's family in NYC) creatively managed. Excellent escapist read, which I will give a full five Sobe stars out of five!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobe indeed! August 4, 2009
Having spent some time in SoBe and South Florida, Brian Cohen is spot on. The trials and tribulations of living in a gay mecca are not easy for anyone. Eye candy everywhere, users, abusers, abound, and finding Mr. Right is just as hard as Brian makes out. There is more truth than fiction to this romance. All the characters are real in the sense that I've known people just like them in SoBe, and through the ups and downs, the story is well told, hilarious, poignant, and insightful. Thanks Neil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars by Neil Plakcy July 27, 2009
By Elisa
Format:Paperback is the name of the website where Brian, unemployed thirty something gay guy in Miami ends to work for, but it's also the summa of what the story is the "gay life" of a man who is at that moment in life when he has to take a decision, living forever like a globetrotter, without basis or purpose, or doing something with his life. The time is the late '90, I believe for two reasons: first, the Internet was still enough young that the adventure to launch a gay website could be still something new and original and second, maybe the out and proud movement was not so strong, and some of the events that take place in Brian's life were still possible and common.

Brian is not a bad guy; he is average handsome, average clever, average funny... he is average, but a nice type of average. He is still self-conscious enough to not be too much bothered by that, he comes from a supporting family that gave him that security that allowed him to follow his mood: from small town near New York City, to living in New York City itself trying to find his way in the Broadway industry labyrinth, nor good actor enough, nor good director enough, nor good stage manager enough... and truth be told, not interested enough. From New York City he moved to Miami, always living on temporary jobs and mourning the lack of a steady boyfriend, but then bedding the first man he meets on a club without too much second thoughts. Brian tells to himself that he wants a good man, but the first thing he notices on a man is his look; true, he is nice enough to move over it if the man is interesting, but still I believe that he is not so convinced of what he is saying to himself, I don't think that Brian is really ready to set with a man, since, truth be told, he is not yet set with his life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and well paced April 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having just read Plakcy's Mahu series, I thought I'd try one of his other books. This one's a different sort of pace to Kimo's stories, but not unpleasantly so. It's a relatively quick read, being drawn along by the pace of the book.

The Spanish needs a bit of a review - writing realistic code-switching is difficult! - but I applaud Plakcy for putting it in there (even though I wanted to correct it). More bilingual bonuses in fiction!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AIN'T LIFE GRAND ! July 7, 2009
By Ro
Format:Paperback is a hilarious story of Brian Cohen's life and his adventures while getting settled into a new job. Single gay man living in South Beach,Florida surrounding by "eye candy" and still looking for Mr. Right. The story is an M/M because of the love interest, but everybody can relate to the very funny situations illlustrated, "people watching", the "oops" made while learning a new job and of course the fantasties of finding "The One". The story is well written with a great emotional balance and realistic characters. A fantastic read that will stay with you.
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More About the Author

I've wanted to be an author since I was about sixteen, when a high school assignment on A Separate Peace showed me how powerful writing can be. At the University of Pennsylvania I studied creative writing with Philip Roth and Carlos Fuentes; I went on to receive my MFA from Florida International University.

Kimo Kanapa'aka, the detective hero of my Mahu Investigations (Mahu, Mahu Surfer, Mahu Fire, Mahu Vice, Mahu Men, Mahu Blood, Zero Break and Natural Predators) has had a powerful hold on my imagination for many years. I love writing about him and hope to keep doing so for a long time.

In addition to writing about Hawaii, I've edited a collection of essays about gay men and their dogs, called Paws and Reflect, as well as erotic anthologies: Hard Hats, Surfer Boys, Skater Boys, The Handsome Prince, Sexy Sailors, Model Men and Beach Bums. My romance novels are, Mi Amor, The Guardian Angel of South Beach, The Buchanan Letters, and the books in the Have Body, Will Guard series: Three Wrong Turns in the Desert, Dancing with the Tide, Teach Me Tonight, Olives for the Stranger, and The Noblest Vengeance. I've also written a YA novel called Soul Kiss.

I live in Hollywood, Florida now, with my partner and our golden retrievers, Brody and Griffin. Our previous golden, Sam, was the inspiration for Rochester in my golden retriever mystery series: In Dog We Trust, The Kingdom of Dog, Dog Helps Those, Dog Bless You and Whom Dog Hath Joined.

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