Better with Bacon (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Better With Bacon
Author: Matthew Lang
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 22, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 95
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

When Patrick’s long-term girlfriend Li Ling dumps him just as he’s working up the nerve to propose, he ends up drunk on David’s couch—and later in David’s bed. Although initially reluctant to pursue anything beyond a one-time drunken tryst, David throws caution to the wind during an intimate dinner, where the two men also discuss Patrick’s dream of entering the food industry. Just as the friends-turned-lovers are settling into their new romance, Li Ling calls Patrick—she’s pregnant.

Convinced the announcement spells the end of their love affair and a return to their platonic friendship, David flees to Sydney to escape his heartbreak. But upon his return to Melbourne, David discovers the situation hasn’t gone the way he’d expected. There might still be a chance for David and Patrick’s dreams to come true if they can forgive each other’s mistakes and move forward.

Ever watch those design shows where a realtor tells the family they need to show prospective buyers the purpose of each room? Don’t leave them guessing – turn your extra bedroom into a craft room! Better with Bacon leaves me with the same sort of confusion as those poor house buyers. This short novella has two subplots that basically go nowhere. What is their purpose? #confused.

Friends since childhood, David comforts Patrick when he gets dumped by Li Ling, his girlfriend. The next morning finds David and Patrick hungover and naked in bed together, with Patrick intent on exploring his bisexual side, despite having planned 2 weeks previously to ask Li Ling to marry him. After a Valentine’s dinner together, followed by hot head-banging sex (“I’m going to cum, Patto,” he whispered. “I’m going to cum inside your fucking ass, you fucking amazing, wonderful man.”), they are awakened the next day by Li Ling’s phone call, telling Patrick she is pregnant.

And at this point, my subplot confusion begins …

David leaves without saying a word and takes a last-minute out-of-town job assignment, during which he has an on-page fling with George. Upon his return, he learns that Li Ling is planning to have an abortion and that storyline abruptly ends – no more discussion. Matter closed. David tells Patrick about his brief affair with George and Patrick is totally fine with it. “Of course I’m mad at you,” Patrick said. “But mostly that’s about assuming I’d go running back to Li Ling, and I’ve had a day to get over that. I understand why you slept with George. I just wish you hadn’t. Was he hot, at least?” No more discussion. Matter closed.

And, finally a sex scene with the Grossest. Lube. Ever.

Reaching down, he pressed a finger into David’s belly button, digging out the slippery liquid before moving farther down his body, past his throbbing cock, underneath his balls, and finally slipping to the opening between his cheeks.
“Fuck, are you…? You’re using… to….”
Patrick grinned against his lips. “Mmm.”

Although this story is under 100 pages, it seemed much longer and the abrupt Li Ling and George story lines confused me. I’m giving it 3 stars, although your mileage may vary.

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Galley copy of Better with Bacon provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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