*ARC PROVIDED BY AUTHORS FOR HONEST REVIEW*
Firstly, I want to start with something that bothered me so much, I actually contemplated marking it as a DNF and moving on.
The word “Faggot”
It is used a lot in this book and I am absolutely disgusted by it. There is No reason to be throwing such a derogatory word around.
Gay (or bisexual) men do not openly call each other or refer to each other as the F word! Being Very close in the LGBT community, I take high offence to this oppressive word. It’s not acceptable in everyday life, so what on earth made the authors assume it would be tolerated in a book, is beyond me.
Now, with that off my chest, let’s get the big ole elephant out of the way, what everyone is talking about. There is so much controversy on this book, and now that I have read it, I can see why.
Do I think this book is about a author getting revenge on a reviewer for their opinion on a book? Yes and No.
Let me explain the no, its so much simpler and hey, lets face it, everyone is already ripping this book to pieces over it, no need to jump in that line, besides no one really wants a author stalking them, right? 😉
There isn’t just one story, that’s why I add the no. This doesn’t feel like the story was well thought out, it’s all over the place with multiple plots and about a million holes throughout.
This starts out with the feeling of soul revenge, like its entered purpose is to name and shame someone for not liking or giving a high enough rating on a book, which in MY opinion, is pretty pathetic.
Reviewer Babu, aka Troy, leaves a pretty harsh review about L. Blackburn, aka Larson, newest work even goes a little further and questions the sex of the author. which in term has the very thin skinned L. Blackburn jumping down Babu’s throat and adding in his cock size, just for good measures. Why? because like most of the book, he wanted to so “get over it”. A popular phrase for the book.
This kicks off the obsession from both reviewer and author.
Larson is a cocky asshat, who is completely consumed with Babu and making sure he knows he is indeed a man, a very endowed man at that. Babu has become equally consumed to the point of not being able to leave Larson’s name out of every new review he writes.
The sexual innuendos, cock pictures, blowjob video’s, cumming on books, blowjob techniques, asshole shots and some nice details on what one would like to do to the other with a well endowed cock are just the beginning with these two who seemingly can not stand the other.
And this is where things start to change ….
i won’t go into detail, because seriously, I will give too much of the book and its plot, well plots away, so let’s just sum it up.
We have, Plagiarism, a stabbing, anonymous blowjobs, an ex wife, phobia’s, hot anonymous blowjob, denial, self discovery, hot Virgin sex, a death, sex, jealousy, hot making-a-point sex, and then Insta-love … And then some more repetitive sex. That’s a lot to wrap into a book of less then 300 pages.
In all honesty, I wanted to give it 1 star for three of the sex scenes, because seriously, other than Muffy and Ida, those 3 scenes (elevator, virgin and the getting-the-point-across-to-someone sex) is all I found good with this book. But the rest of the book prevented even that one tiny star. Sorry ladies.
By the way, on the mention of sex, who wrote those scenes? Whomever, maybe you should do some M/M on your own, it’s all that kept me reading this.
Do I recommend this book as a good M/M story? No. Not at all.
Maybe if all the reviewer/author bashing was removed and it was focused on the two men, it could have been good. I mean Troy sounded like he could have had a very good story to tell especially about his life after meeting Ethan. And I am almost sure Larson would have had a pretty decent story, he did have a few almost-moments.
But that’s just my 2cents lovelies <3
I’ve read a lot of books in my time. Some not worth the paper they’re printed on. Some that have stuck with me as absolute favorites, long after I finish them. Black Balled is definitely one that’ll stick with me, but not for a reason I enjoy.
So, let’s start from the top, shall we?
The original premise of the story alone is disturbing. Reviewer stalking. Author baiting. Sock emails. So on and so on. It was highly disturbing to read it in the first place, let alone find out that it may or may not have something to do with an actual reviewer. But I digress. I refuse to even go there because, let’s face it: I don’t know the truth. I only know what I read. And there are plenty of other reasons that Black Balled left a bad taste in my mouth.
This word, repeated in several different contexts, used by various characters (including one that is said to be bisexual), and under a variety of circumstances. Now, I’m all about character depiction. There is one, and I repeat ONE instance in which it was used that I could see it being considered “acceptable.” The rest . . . well, having friends in the gay/bi/trans/pan/fluid community, I can honestly say that the remaining use is just ignorance of what the word means to this community. It is a derogatory term, meant to be used ONLY if absolutely required.
Now, onto the plot.
This story moves around so much that it’s hard to keep up. The review issue, an ex-wife (more about that in a sec), a blackmailing, an elevator threesome, denial and then acceptance of sexual orientation (plus the back plot on said situation), a plagiarism framing, a lawsuit, a lesson in Dom/sub relationships, a stabbing, a swift shift from hate to love, and so much more.
Even worse was the inconsistencies in character. Larson (L. Blackburn) had some pretty epic moments, IMO, but then those moments didn’t quite seem to fit his character or even his personality. And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why in the world Babu (Troy) would have even been on the broken down elevator in the first place, considering he had such a massive phobia of them. Add in some serious plot holes—the change of Goodreads to Greatreads after the very first chapter, not knowing until a good 70% in or so that the ex-wife’s nickname was, in fact, a nickname instead of her being a second ex-wife, and some massive predictability in several scenes.
Thankfully, there were a few redeeming qualities in the book. The sex was pretty stinking hot (until it started feeling like just a repeat on previous scenes), Muffy and Ida were priceless and perfect, and it would seem that the authors have at least a fairly decent grasp on the English language (although I did happen to note an excessive use of commas). Not bad considering some of the books I’ve read of late – books that made me want to gouge my eyes out because it was clear that an editor had never even grazed the pages.
Unfortunately, any good was overshadowed by all of the plot holes, unnecessary vulgarity, repetitiveness, predictability, and constantly changing plot lines dropped those two stars I WOULD have given down to zero. Because, honestly, I wish I could forget I ever even read it and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. In fact, I hate the idea of even feeding the publicity of it.
As for you, dear readers, keep it Saucy! I know I will. 😉