Polyester Prince

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Polyester Prince
Author:Hayley B. James
Cover Artist:Paul Richmond
Publisher:Dreamspinner Press
Genre:Contemporary
Length:Novel (214 Pages)
Rating:<?php echo 3.5; ?> Stars

Blurb:
Kyle Edington built his life around clubs, alcohol, nameless sex, and turning a blind eye to his future, but having front row access to his best friend’s perfect relationship leaves him wanting something he doesn’t understand—the white picket fence. After an ankle injury hinders his plans for PrideFest and puts his day job selling furniture at risk, Kyle attends Pride anyway to cheer himself up. Leaving his crutches at home was a mistake, though, and he’s shoved off balance and hits his head.

A bike officer keeps him safe until the paramedics arrive. Kyle’s memory of the event is foggy. He doesn’t recall the name or face of his guardian angel, but he definitely remembers the finest polyester-covered ass in all of Albuquerque.

But when he goes in search of his polyester prince, Kyle realizes relationships take hard work. After he learns the name of that perfect ass, a lifetime of avoiding serious boyfriends leaves Kyle second-guessing himself and making difficult decisions about what he wants for his future.


Review: 

This is a story about Kyle, the quintessential gay party boy.  He's a pretty boy that basically can get whatever and whomever he wants, so he never has to think too far in the future.  Men are basically conquests, and like paper towels, best used and thrown away.  He lives in the "now," and even the thought of anything more meaningful than that just boggles his mind. 

Really, I can't find much else to say to describe Kyle.  For the most part, he was as pretty hollow character and didn't have much in the way of redeeming qualities other than his apparent good looks.

Isaac is a bike cop that volunteered to patrol the New Mexico Pride parade.  When Kyle gets knocked over and takes a knock to the head, Isaac helps him out until paramedics arrive.  Alas, once Kyle is wisked away he finds that he's lost a bit of his memory from the bump and can't remember the cop's name; he had an eye for the cop with a great ass, and wants to "thank" him.

For the most part, the story was a fun read.  Ms James is quite skilled at interweaving the character's personal stories together and playing it through to an epilogue that made me smile.  Unfortunately, I was struck early on at how predictable this story was going to go:  pretty boy catches the eye of Mr. Cop; He tracks down Mr. Cop and his nature changes, and now he wants to date Mr. Cop; Mr. Cop is completely accepting of his carefree ways and is content to be left flapping in the breeze waiting for Kyle to figure things out; Mr. Cop is a keeper so Kyle comes to his senses, and these two disparate people become one.

I really hate to be a Debbie Downer about any book.  And I really did enjoy reading this one!  But it seemed too obvious for me to rate it any higher than I did.  However while I wasn't terribly impressed by the plot, the story itself was very well written and fun to read.  Overall it's a very light-hearted love story about two guys from different backgrounds that overcome their hurdles together to find happiness.  For a quick afternoon pick-me-up, this was a good story to read.  And it was a nice continuation of the series, as we got to keep in touch with Neal and Benji from the first book as they continued to evolve their own lives together.


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Noah Ren

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