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Premise: Mr. Ortiz is a recently divorced student affairs coordinator at a college in upstate New York who can't seem to get out of his own way. You see Mr. Ortiz has a tendency to let the little head think for the big head and on a campus filled with beautiful co-eds that could be an issue. But it gets more complicated than that because Mr. Ortiz's libido is on a mission to destroy his life and career and nothing is spared including his friend's wives. And Mr. Ortiz knows the right thing even when he rationalizes his Lothario antics with his ever sliding scale of morality. Mr. Ortiz thinks he knows what he wants out of life be it his career or to reconnect with his one true love. However these goals are directly at odds with his behavior. It is said that the path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. For Mr. Oritz sake, we hope this is true.
Summary: Wow! No seriously wow! I really enjoyed this book. The author paints a picture of a troubled unsettled protagonist in such a way that you relate to him at his worst while always hoping for the best for him. An impressive feat by this first time author. And the authors deft touch also includes erotica. A few steamy scenes will require one of two things after you finish; a cigarette or a significant other. Trust me because I read those passages a few times. Regardless you will find yourself rooting for the protagonist to do the right thing, then the wrong thing(his friends wife was hot) and then the right thing again. If you finish a book and days later you are still thinking about certain passages and characters then its a five star book. This one was an easy five star for me and one I highly recommend.
If you're a Syracuse native or have more experience with Central NY (like what comes from being and alumni of Syracuse University like the author) then you'll appreciate the attention to detail regarding the area and landmarks and such. The author lets his experiences as a Latino and a fan of classic Hip hop and Latin music shine through in the narrative as well, which appealed to me as well, sharing some of those interests in common with the Otero. Looking forward to the next book.
The first half is a 5 star read. It's full of action with humor and punchy dialogue. The second half felt more like 3.5. The quality of dialogue and editing dropped off. Some parts felt like a technical manual or a brochure.
I would definitely recommend it, though. A fun, fast read.