Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Plan B
Author: SJD Peterson
Heroes: Danny Marhsal/Lance Lenard
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Length: 182 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 6, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he’s immediately attracted to Danny’s feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance’s first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.
Lance’s whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has come to hunger for Danny’s touch, he’s not willing to give Danny what he’s grown to crave: a boyfriend who’s proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.
Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
It has been MONTHS since I last read a contemporary M/M romance with no mystery, no murder or no paranormal activity. Plan B was sex, sex, sex and angst…and I stayed up all night reading it!
The story is told in first person from Danny’s POV: the flamboyant theatre major who doesn’t obsess about men, he isn’t looking for a relationship. His goals are all set and planned out to get him on Broadway no matter what. He certainly will not let some guy get in the way of his dreams…much less a straight one. Then he meets Lance, the football jock who keeps following Danny around. Danny is happy to let the straight boy experiment, its just “hot and horny fun” right? Before long Danny begins to feel a little “too much” for his closeted, secret jerk-off buddy. What is he doing? He knows Lance will never come out and admit his relationship with Danny. Lance is right on track to making it in the NFL and there is no plan B.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK!!
Opposites Attract. Danny and Lance have almost nothing in common. No classes together, none of the same interests. The only thing connecting them together in the beginning is that Danny’s bestie is dating Lance’s twin sister. Danny is flamboyant, wears makeup and is totally comfortable in his own skin. And Lance is totally attracted to him.
Gay for You. One of my favorite tropes. Sometimes its done right. Sometimes not so right. This one was done VERY well and Lance’s struggles with his sexuality was completely believable and wasn’t resolved over night…in fact, it takes him years.
Sexual Tension. For a book where the main character is constantly thinking about sex sex and more sex, this book totally has tons of sexual tension. I loved how they didn’t dive into bed and do everything all at once. It was a slow exploration of each other, even though they were together A LOT!
Sweet and Angsty. Truly, the foundation of this story is a sweet coming of age romance complicated with closets and priorities. I really liked both Danny and Lance and immediately felt the connection between them…even when they were both being assholes. Even though I was dreading all the difficult bits, I had to know how it all would end…once I started, I didn’t stop until the last page.
Happy Ever After. Of course Danny and Lance get their HEA and its quite beautiful and perfect. My only complaint is that I wanted to see more of the “difficult bits”. I was “told” what went on during that time, but I wanted to “see” some of it. Then I wanted to see MORE of them HAPPY! *sigh* But I’m greedy like that.
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*