A Caryn Review: Salute to the Stud by Beth Laycock


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Ugh, this is one of those books where the blurb is better written than the actual story. I try to write reviews without significant spoilers, but that is not necessary in this case – the blurb is the entire story.

The story opens with Jasper sitting on the lounger by the hotel pool, expecting a text from his sister, when instead he gets one from an unknown number that says “Would definitely be up for a private yoga session with you ;)” Of course, his dick started twitching and he immediately started fantasizing about a man pushing him into yoga positions, although he’d never been to a yoga session. Yep, second paragraph of the book, and there was the twitching dick. The tone for the entire book was set. Lots of dick twitching, and not much plot. I’ve read it before, but now I really want to ask some of my male friends if their dicks really twitch. Is that a thing?

The backstory was that Jasper is boring, in bed and out of it, and that is why his partner left him and he was on his vacation with his sister. That fact is repeated multiple times, but without any supporting action or explanation. Jasper had never had a one night stand before, never wanted one, but he had no problem jumping right into it with Tamal, the yoga instructor who admitted that he meant to be sexting someone else (the other man was just a friend, and never materialized in the story at all, and I wasn’t sure why Tamal was sexting him anyway). First he daydreamed about having sex with him in graphic detail, then did the deed with the same amount of detail, then daydreamed some more about sex. And though there was no other interaction between them, Jasper “knew I could trust him which really didn’t make sense, but deep down I just knew.” Yep, doesn’t make sense to me either. Even when the sentiment was repeated every time they got together.

Eh, well, you get the idea. The characters were flat, there was insta-love with lust, and no character development, no plot development, no particular story arc. They met on vacation and had a holiday fling, wished that it could last, but of course it could because this is a romance book with a happy ever after. Maybe I should believe that Jasper was boring, because his story pretty much was as well…

Cover by Simply Defined Art was actually quite pretty.

Sales Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NGRFKG9

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NGRFKG9

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 85 pages
Published February 2019 by Rainbow Romance Press
Edition Language English

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