Title: The WASPs
Author: Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Eine Kleine Press
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 184 pages
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A guest review by Lasha
Summary Review: Unsympathetic characters who grated on my last nerve, add in a plot which attempts to be humorous, but fails and this book ultimately does not live up to the blurb.
Blake Brooks’s life is not going as planned. His wife kicked him out to move the nanny in, and his father disinherited him. The only haven he has left is his old boarding school buddy, Tyrone Edwards. It turns out Tyrone has a room all ready, clothes picked out, and and a place in his life reserved for Blake and his daughter Bitsy, whom they both adore.
Tyrone has always played it straight, even in boarding school when everyone was experimenting. Now he’s giving Blake mixed messages: affection and teasing one minute, fobbing Blake off on a gay co-worker the next. Is Blake succumbing to wishful thinking, or has Tyrone been holding out for Blake?
The WASPs sounded like a good read from the blurb. I adore kid!fic and Gay For You stories, so this novel seemed right up my alley. Unfortunately an interesting concept that is not pulled off in its final execution, and the book failed on all levels for me except for the hot sex scenes.
First, the characterizations were all over the place. Then, add in truly unlikable secondary characters, a silly plot and sexist dialogue, and you get a disorganized book. I am going to start with the characters, which on the surface could have been awesome, but failed to deliver beyond the superficial.
Blake Brooks – main protagonist, love interest for Tyrone Edwards. He’s a male version of Paris Hilton. Self-absorbed and vain, he married a woman (who happens to be a lesbian) to please his family, even though he knew he was gay. He clings to Tyrone like a spider monkey and relies on other people – his father and Tyrone – to pay his bills even though he went to law school. He frequently refers to women as “skanks, ho’s, etc.,” and has no redeeming qualities I can see except his love for Tyrone and his child, Bitsy.
Tyrone Edwards – second protagonist, love interest for Blake. Friends with Blake since boarding school, the man is a womanizer. The opening scene in which Blake shows up on Tyrone’s doorstep after being disowned by his father and kicked out by his wife has Ty in bed with a woman he picked up at the perfume counter, who he treats like a piece of meat after he’s done with her. Supposedly straight, he baby-talks with Blake and acts more gay than Liberace in every scene he’s in. I wasn’t sure why he treated Blake like a delicate flower he need to protect and care for since they both were grown men, but I went with it.
Blake’s dad – An old pervert, who when Blake and Tyrone have breakfast with him and he discovers their new relationship as lovers, tries to invite himself into a threesome with them. Yeah, he wants to have sex with his son and the son’s boyfriend. He made Lionel Luthor from Smallville look practically heroic. Later, a secret is revealed and he might actually not be such a bad guy, but most of the scenes he was in, he creeped me out.
Daisy Brooks – Blake’s soon-to-be ex-wife. A plastic, narcissistic airhead who leaves her husband for the nanny. She knew she married a gay man, yet complains about their lack of a sex life, which she uses as a reason to toss Blake out. She expects everyone to support her and her child. A real nightmare who did not come across as maternal nor sympathetic.
Bitsy Brooks – Daisy and Blake’s daughter. Adorable. Best character in the book and she’s a kid!
I wish the characters in this book had been more realistically drawn, but in actuality they seemed cartoonish. Now I love a whimsical farce as much as the next person, but The WASPs did not have the feel of a socialite screw-ball comedy since Blake was just plain flakey, not funny. I was hoping for Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby or Mischa in Lee Brazil’s Keeping House, but instead got Jim Carrey from Dumb and Dumber.
However, the one good thing I can say for The WASPs is the sex scenes were hot. Once Tyrone (finally) came out of the closet, Blake and he set the sheets ablaze. So if you like hot GFY sex and a cute kid, this is the novel for you. Otherwise, not recommended.