Book Review: Behrouz Gets Lucky, by Avery Cassell

Behrouz Gets Lucky, by Avery Cassell
Publisher: Cleis Press
Release Date: March 8, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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Where can a middle-aged, Persian-American genderqueer dyke find love these days? Online dating, of course! “Only butch dykes need apply” Behrouz writes, eager to swap quiet evenings at home with a smoking jacket, a cat, and a Sunday afternoon’s worth of well-used sex toys for a real relationship. Enter Lucky: younger, rougher, dominant, but far from perfect. Their first meeting explodes into powerful, rough, and panting sex, and Behrouz is soon determined not to let this captivator slip away. Their growing intimacy, set within a perfectly captured view of of contemporary gay, transgender and queer life in San Francisco, makes this debut novel a mesmerizing read for anyone who loves erotic romance.


Genderqueer Character
Lesbian Character
Erotic Content
Older Characters


I was incredibly excited to  find a novel with not only a genderqueer protagonist and a lesbian love interest, but also an older couple who are comfortable in their bodies and who deal with everything that comes along with being in your late 40s and 50s.

Behrouz means “lucky” in Persian, so it’s a match made in heaven when he meets Lucky, a butch dyke who effortlessly meshes with his life and with whom he gets along fantastically

There was a LOT of sex here. I didn’t have a problem with that, and was fascinated by the terminology used (masculine and feminine terms were used interchangeably). What I didn’t enjoy was how bland they were… How repetitive. Each sex scene seemed remarked similar to the previous one.

This novels is also SUPER pretentious. I mean, wow, It feels like Avery is lifting their nose at us mere mortals. I got sick of it really quickly; everything has to be preceded by eight adjectives and at least on obscure book or movie reference.

In the end, this was a fascinating look at a very unconventional relationship, but the writing was so pretentious that I felt like it wasn’t written for someone as low-class as I apparently am.


Avery Cassell is a member of the Bay Area’s queer BDSM and literary communities as well as a writer, painter and cartoonist living in San Francisco, whose erotic short stories have appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2015, Anything that Moves, Whipped: 20 Erotic Stories of Female Dominance, Sonic Erotica and More Five Minute Erotica.

You can buy Behrouz Gets Lucky from Amazon!

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.



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