Review: Again, by Mary Calmes (DNF)

Calmes-AgainAgain, by Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 2011)
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Rating: Did Not Finish (DNF)

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Summary: Noah goes to meet his boyfriend at the airport, only to find Dante kissing someone else. Heartbroken, Noah has to re-imagine what his life is without Dante in it, but he’s not willing to give up the surrogate child in the sonogram pictures that he’d planned to surprise Dante with.

My Thoughts: I wasn’t going to post about this novel, but I read this post from the Book Addict’s Guide about DNFs, and about how it’s sometimes better to call a DNF than forcing yourself to finish a book and hating it.

This book was one that I just couldn’t finish. It wasn’t the writing or the pacing (which were poor, but not DNF-worthy). Instead, it was an issue that I’ve encountered in other Mary Calmes novels:

The “no really means yes” trope.

I get that it’s sexy for some people. The character is saying no, and his mind says no, but his body says yes, and it’s all passion and sexytimes ahoy. But it’s an instant-stop for me. I don’t care how much the character secretly wants it; if they say no, and their potential partner doesn’t immediately stop, then it’s no longer consensual in my eyes.

Other than that, though, the novel is an interesting premise. I love the “secret baby” plot device, and I love novels with misunderstandings. But unfortunately I had to put this book down.

Completed: 50%

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