- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481836447
- ISBN-13: 978-1481836449
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,806,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His Undoing: A Gay For You Erotic Short Story Paperback – December 25, 2012
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However, I do have one strong reservation about the book- the portrayal of the assault and the actions of the main characters surrounding it seemed both unrealistic and odd. After ending up in the hospital and possibly being raped in his dorm room, the protagonist jokingly implies that his roommate would have probably 'liked it' since he was gay- sooooo not funny even for socially unaware college boys to say. While Ms. Grace touched on the shame that a person tends to feel after being attacked in this way, there wasn't much of an emotional effect demonstrated by Mike- no nightmares, avoiding being alone at night, none of the jumpiness, etc. which is kind of par for the course of being victimized.
Lastly, after catching the perpetrator in the act of attempting to re-assault Mike, they let him go after he promised not to leave them alone! I guess I understand that they could just be immature or not want to deal with a trial, but I had to wince thinking that the boys' were foolish to believe a psycho who says he won't come back and wondering who would be the object of his next fixation and attack.
Like other reviewers of this story, I feel that only having the one point of view is what made this story not as great as it could have been. I enjoyed reading from Mike's POV but I this story would have made better sense and would have been better at the execution if we could have peeked into what Brett was feeling as well.
Mike is a guy who has always had a hard time talking to girls. He is still a virgin, scrawny and tall, and not very muscular. He is starting college and is dreading wondering who his roommate will be. When he enters his new room, he meets Brett who happens to be a muscular jock. He thinks he is going to be picked on by Brett and his friends, but they both become good friends. Brett even introduces him to his game buddies, the cheerleaders and eventually fills Mike in that he is gay.
While Mike is trying to figure out who he really is -- gay or straight like he has always though he was -- he is attacked in the dorm. This is the part that would have made having Brett's point of view to give us a little more. When it is revealed who the attacker was, it is a character pulled into the story from no where. This is someone who is not mentioned throughout the story and we never even get a glimpse at this person. It made the suspense and buildup of the "who-done-it" quite a let down.
While the tender and sexy moments were written pretty well, this story really need to have Brett's story told as well.
The first thing that would've made this book a little better would've been having Brett's POV. I pretty much assumed that Brett was attracted to Mike right away based on how he immediately took him under his wing. But it would've been nice to "hear" how he felt and what he thought when he first saw Mike, when he spent time with him, after the accident, etc. Since the whole book was told by Mike, the reader can only go off of Mike's assumptions of how Brett felt. #2, I thought the whole thing with Mike and Maggie was a little off. Brett wanted Mike, but he set him up with someone else? Who actually does that? Then (-->SPOILERS START HERE-->) Maggie gets drunk, and knowing he's not all that into her, he lets her basically commandeer his body? And Mike says that all of the visual and physical stimulation got to him, then says that Maggie successfully got both of them off. But later it's revealed that Mike was picturing Brett. Okay...
I was okay with all of this until right after. Mike gets up and just leaves Maggie to wake up alone. Eww, tacky. Then as he's walking home, he's attacked again, but is saved by Brett, who was following him home from the party. A little weird. Why didn't Brett say he was going? Why not go with Mike? Or at the very least, when he saw him leave he could've just walked WITH him. What was the absolute worst part of the story was when Brett realized who the attacker was, he insists that Mike just let him off scott free?!?! Because the guy's parents were "really good people"? After Mike had been beaten into unconsciousness, had a broken nose, arms, and ribs, and there was a chance that he had been sexually assaulted and they had to run a check for STDs?!? Really?!?! I just wanted to scream at this point. Even tackier? Mike and Brett make love for the first time, right after Maggie and after the 2nd attack. I didn't even feel anything while reading this part. Then when Mike tells Maggie he doesn't want to see her anymore, she's perfectly okay with it, because she agreed that they didn't have much chemistry. Then why had she told him that she wanted him to stay the night when he came for the party? Basically, I felt like this book started out as a 3.5, then slid down to a 2 at the party scene, then they threw in a 4 star HEA at the end.
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It's about a sweet man, Mike and his roommate Brett, who by all appearances are polar opposites but the more they get to know each...Read more