Phonebook, by Amy Lane
Series: Ryan & Scott, Book 2*
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: orig. 2010, revised March 9, 2016
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
* This is not technically part of a series, but the characters have appeared together in other short stories. Phonebook can be read as a stand-alone.
Stuck away from home on business, all Ryan can do is talk with his lover, Scott, on the phone. But the conservative Ryan finds no comfort in phone sex—he’s far too embarrassed. Fortunately, his playful lover has not only planned ahead, but he can think on his back as well. It turns out that the heart really is where good sex starts!
I’m not a huge fan of Amy Lane’s writing style, which I’ve discussed before, but I thought a short story might go over a bit better. Phonebook is only about 30 pages, and a very quick read.
I’ll admit that I think Amy did a good job with the pacing. It’s something most writers don’t do well; most novellas feel like the author is trying to cram an entire novel into half the space. But Phonebook felt like a complete story, a glimpse into one piece of a larger arc.
But Amy’s tone and word choice doesn’t jive with what I personally enjoy. It’s honestly just a stylistic thing, but the dialogue and prose are too… well, too weird for me, I guess.
You sustain a fine and hard erection without it. I haven’t shown you those things because you tend to roger me just fine for hours.
It’s a combination of weird slang and enough cheese and sugary-sweetness to kill a lactose-intolerant diabetic.
Also, I know people joke about how “so and so would be sexy even reading out of the phonebook”, but the awful name puns and actual reading out of the phonebook was incredibly unappealing to me.
If you’re a fan of Amy Lane’s style, then I think you’ll really enjoy this ultra-sweet and cheesy short story. It just wasn’t my thing.
Phonebook is FREE and you can get it from the publisher.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.