Title: Plan B
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary, College & New Adult
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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 grown to crave 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.
I love this particular trope – the jock and the really out and proud gay man. I guess I love seeing examples of people so determined to be exactly who they are, without apology and finding that one person who fits with them.
Danny lives his life out loud, just as the blurb says. He doesn’t “blend”. He’s colorful and flamboyant and proud of who he is. He’s comfortable in his own skin, I guess, and I love that quality in a person. Lance, on the other hand, is a pretty typical jock. He wants to fit in and be accepted, but unlike Danny, Lance is willing to compromise his own identity to achieve that. Lance wants to play in the NFL and he has no plan B.
Lance is so much in denial for a good portion of the book, it doesn’t shock me that it took him so long to catch on to the fact that he’s gay. He spends most of his time around other jock’s and he’s not really attracted to other jock types. In his case, he is attracted to Danny’s more feminine side.
Their inevitable breakup made me sad, and I wanted to be mad at Danny for not giving Lance more of a chance, but, Lance really wasn’t ready and I don’t think he would have been ready for a long time. And being Lance’s dirty little secret really wasn’t fair to Danny. Danny was the strong one and he did what needed to be done, even though it hurt like hell.
When they came back together again, I was at the edge of my seat waiting for them to realize that what they feel for each other doesn’t come along every day and to seize that chance. The ending made me happy.
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