Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Alexander Popescu is a university lecturer in a quiet German town. He’s a respectable man in his thirties who stays fit, has a decent career and travels alone—his only vice is an occasional greasy meal. And beer. And violent computer games. Nobody has to know about the other Alex—the acclaimed porn writer. His ingenious erotic fantasies earn him good money and keep his capricious mind harmlessly entertained.
When his young friend and protégé Christian transfers to Freiburg for medical school, Alex is overjoyed…and terrified that Christian will find out about Alex’s indecent alter ego. The time they spend together, as lovely as it is, could overturn Alex’s carefully balanced life. Suddenly, the writing is not good enough, his hair seems to be thinning, his careful hookups leave him unfulfilled, and his dreams are haunted by the innocent young man he’s vowed to protect.
However, Christian is not a boy anymore. He’s a grown man of twenty-one, clever and deadly attractive. And he’s hiding some secrets of his own.
Ugh, so I’m going to preface this with the fact that I have been having a hard time in enjoying books lately, it seems when one thing bugs me it puts me off for the rest and I can’t determine if that’s the case or not with this book. I think it was a combination of the narrating with the writing though I can’t be 100% sure I wouldn’t enjoy it if I was reading and ebook. But I spent most of this book rolling my eyes or shaking my head in annoyance.
I felt as though Alex was whiney and immature, for being the “old man”. He seemed so proud of being a smut writer but was also so ashamed of it too, I get not wanting to tell everyone but he acted as though it was a dirty secret. Unfortunately the story was told through Alex’s eyes so I was unable to get an accurate read on Christian, everything seemed to be stilted by Alex’s point of view and in the end I just couldn’t really care if they figured everything out. The whole situation with Christian’s mom was even weirder and all it did was make her sound a bit crazy.
This is my first book narrated by Vance Bastian and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it. His narration felt very stilted and uneven and it didn’t help me with the enjoyment of the story at all and actually hurt my enjoyment.
The cover art is okay and I think it works well for the story.
Audiobook, 5 hrs 10 min
Published: August 16, 2019 by Beaten Track Publishing
Edition Language: English