As writer of the popular “Ask Eros” advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?
This story is very cute. I really enjoyed watching Simon and Benji grow as guys and grow together as a couple. They make an adorable couple. It was interesting that how their relationship developed wasn’t the focus of the book. Of course I would have liked to see some of their dates as they connected and got to know each other. But seeing how they handle the milestones and interact over time was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing them happy and solidly together at the end of the story. Andrew was an interesting character despite his douchey qualities. I kind of want to see him get his own HEA.
Four and a half
I asked for some weird and wacky questions asked of Simon and his “Ask Eros” column. However I had no idea that there’s a tumblr! Going to have to check it out. Read and enjoy!
ask-eros-blog.tumblr.com is where I answer submitted questions as Simon, keeping the fun of his columns going outside of the book. Here are five weird and wonderful questions that haven’t made the blog (yet.)
Q: Dear Eros, I masturbate at least ten times per day because I like to stay regular, but by the time I get to the last two or three session my skin is dry and raw and it takes forever to finish. Any tips?
A: Take a break, dude.
Q: Dear Eros, I have a higher sex drive than my husband, so after a lot of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to have an affair. I love my husband, he is a wonderful man and a great father and the last thing I want to do is hurt him. Any thoughts on how to keep the affair discreet and as easy on him as possible?
Q: Dear Eros, I’ve heard that if you sneeze after sex it can stop sperm from getting you pregnant. Is this true?
A: Dude. No.
Q: Dear Eros, I’m just curious, if you die with an erection does that mean you go to heaven stuck with an erection for all eternity?
Q: Dear Eros, I have a huge crush on you, even though I have no idea who you really are! I’m sure I’m not alone in this, so won’t you do us all a favor and tell us what you look like, to better fantasize about you?
A: Why I look like a Greek God, of course! Golden wings and everything (they’re awful cumbersome on public transportation, but boy do they sparkle!)
“How about you? Did you always want to be a writer?”
“Yeah. I think I did.” He finally gives up on work completely and closes the laptop. “I mean. I guess what I write about is kind of pointless, but I wanted to be a poet once upon a time, so I guess it could be even more pointless,” he jokes.
Benji’s eyebrows knot. “It’s not. Why would it be pointless?”
Simon gives a humorless laugh. “I mean, I write a sex column for women. Not exactly moving prose or hard-hitting journalism.”
Benji scoots over little on the desk, sitting with his legs so close to where Simon is sitting low in his chair that he can smell Benji’s crisp laundry detergent and citrusy soap. He suddenly has to fight the urge to move a fraction to the left, press his nose to the inside seam of Benji’s jeans and breathe him in.
“You listen to people. You remind them that they’re valuable and worthy of love and respect. How is that not important?” Simon is struck speechless, chest tight and breath caught. Then Benji claps him on the shoulder and hops off the desk. “Come on. Let’s go have lunch.”
Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the online fan community.
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