Review: Andy, Go-Go Boy (Working Boys #2) by J.P. Barnaby

May 6, 2014 Review 0

Review: Andy, Go-Go Boy (Working Boys #2) by J.P. Barnaby

Andy Finnegan is a six foot three brown-haired, blue-eyed, Mack f*cking truck. A former marine who spends his nights dancing for your entertainment, he has a dark side hiding beneath the beautiful veneer.

Sweet little Stefan is awestruck by the big, gorgeous dancer with the rock hard abs and the lonely eyes. Determined to see what lurks behind the perfect surface, he gets a little more than he bargained for.

Title: Andy Go-Go Boy
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Aaron, Spencer
Published by Wilde City Press
Source: Publisher
Published: 28 March, 2014
Genres: M/M Erotica
Pages: 44
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

A short (44ish page) story that is told from the perspective of Andy: a gym-rat ex-marine struggling to survive as a Go-Go Boy while waiting for the next break, his launch into the porn industry.  Andy is callous, arrogant, selfish and oh so broken, with a hair-trigger temper and an internal dialogue that is all about locking away emotions and feelings to maintain his veneer of control.

It isn’t until we start to see Andy’s iron-gripped control on his emotions isn’t as infallible as he thought, and his real feelings of inadequacy and his low self-image starts to peek through that he becomes little more than a stereotype of all things bad.

An innocent question and a face that resembles the one that haunts his dreams start to fuel a fluttering hope, until his rage takes over and he loses control and his job with two punches.  But, Stefan: curious, inquisitive and enamored engineering student doesn’t run: he’s watched Andy for months, seen potential and wants to see more.

And, like Stefan: I wanted more: more of their relationship as it starts to develop, more from Andy’s changes and learning to come to grips with his PTSD, anger and even his own low self-esteem.  There is hope for Andy, it was apparent in two very different scenes: his encounter in the gym’s sauna with a near nameless and faceless man as another ‘watched the door’ more focused on Andy’s control and technique, and the first kiss with Stefan, and the emotions that ran through his head, the hope, the promise.  And with Stefan, his emotions nearly consumed him, his ‘need’ to be in control warring with the trust, desire and lack of fear or rejection that Stefan showed: a whole new experience for him.

While this is the second in the series, Charlie (from the first book) does pop up for a cameo appearance, before Andy starts to see hope in something different.  I did want to see more here: it is to the author’s credit that she took a character with so many difficult to like qualities, and had me, at the end, wondering if he does continue to grow and learn to trust.

 

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