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Quid Pro Quo by Manna Francis
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Jul 06, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: my-brains-junk-food, hey-shorty

it's the continuing erotic adventures of


if you have read my review for mind fuck, this makes sense, if not, this could be the start of a long and expensive lawsuit!

so, this is book two in the administration series, my foray into m/m erotica. this volume is comprised of a novella and a few short stories. the novella gets a cranky thumbs-down from me. it begins with an emergency room sexual mishap and then goes snoringly into a tepid kidnap and corporate-espionage plot that i could neither follow nor care about.book, be more fun!

the stories, though, are great. i really care about these men and their bdsm relationship. come on, guys, be more in love! you know you want it! toreth, stop being such a dog - warrick, stop being so cold. love is in the air, stop playing games. (but watch out for murrrderrrr)

but golly, here is my problem. they are gay and they like sex - so why aren't they talking about gey sex all the time so the reader knows they are gay?? and they are human and they must eat food - so why aren't they talking about food all the time so we know they like it? i mean, yeah - one time they have a meal, but that probably means they don't really like to eat, otherwise, the author would be sure to describe every meal in great detail.and air?? why aren't they constantly noting every time they breathe?? it's like the author doesn't know what people are the most interested in hearing about, or how to develop character. i know someone who could teach manna francis a thing or two.

that snarky homage aside, i am very interested in the rest of this series. see,

dana - i am turning into you, slowly!
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Dana yay!

karen ha!

message 3: by Greg (new)

Greg What kind of sexual mishap can happen in an emergency room?

Did something get lost where it shouldn't have been?

karen sorry, there was a sexual misadventure which resulted in a trip to the emergency room. it's hot, my "writing" suffers.

message 5: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine karen wrote: "sorry, there was a sexual misadventure which resulted in a trip to the emergency room. it's hot, my "writing" suffers."

it's like a palahniuk book

karen does that happen in palahniuk?? this is an unfortunate accident with a sex chair falling over and breaking a manacled wrist.

it is all page one, so not a spoiler.

message 7: by Lesley (new)

Lesley ok. not sure why there's photos of my dear elrod & beloved warlock in this review. but heck yeaahh, you get my vote!

karen this is exactly how i picture these two characters. there is no other face i can associate with warrick than hugo weaving. i don't know why. and toreth is julian sands all the way...

message 9: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine karen wrote: "does that happen in palahniuk?? this is an unfortunate accident with a sex chair falling over and breaking a manacled wrist.

it is all page one, so not a spoiler."

there is a story in haunted that is about accident with a sex toy, also in the one with all the sex addicts he claims to know the people behind all the "urban legends" about sex.


message 10: by Joshua Nomen-Mutatio (last edited Jul 06, 2010 09:52PM) (new)

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio You spelled "gay" like "gey" once in there. For some reason it made me laugh.

message 11: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell karen wrote: "an unfortunate accident with a sex chair falling over and breaking a manacled wrist."


karen hahahah i did. maybe i was still thinking about michael bay from the proust review, and all the ribbing i got from david about the misspelling there. i won't change it, it will be a scar in the review.

message 13: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Your two gentlemen have matching hairlines. Did that hook them together in your mind?

karen maybe. or maybe that hairline is just my type, and if men are going to be going gay (or "gey") in my mind with no regard for me, they had better be hot men.

message 15: by Lesley (new)

Lesley i keep coming back to this thread just to get a looksies at the hotties up there. today is josh's bday, too - i am bad.

karen hahahahh whatever gets you in the mood. i won't tell. i can't speak for the rest of the internet though...

message 17: by Greg (new)

Greg hahaha, I missed the Pansy Divison video, "Smells like Queer Spirit".

I've never quite understood the "Play Fugazi, Play Repeater" line.

message 18: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana yeah, the novella was the weakest part. but pancakes!

message 19: by karen (last edited Jul 07, 2010 03:07PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

karen i liked pancakes and family the best. but i really liked all the stories. hoogay!!!

karen ps - fugazi = gay.

message 21: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana i guess you need to read book 3 then! (and 4 and 5 and 6.)

sorry i forgot to vote before. but can you blame me for being distracted by hugo weaving?

karen i plan to!! and again - i can't find number 3 right now, only 4 and 5... how does this happen? i told john petrie about them - i hope he likes them!

message 23: by Lesley (new)

Lesley back off, dana.
he's mine.

karen happy birthday josh!

message 25: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana but lesley, can't i interest you in julian sands?

sorry karen, he doesn't do it for me.

karen but do you think it would be good casting?

message 27: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana i'm not feeling it, but then i can't come up with anyone better.

message 28: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana oh, and it would be awesome if john starts quoting this to me instead of pride and prejudice...

karen hahahahaha no kidding! i will tell him.

karen it's a sort of futuristic environment, where the standing government is called "the administration". that's right, dana? in this future, sexuality is very permissive and people do stuff and talk about stuff with a casualness that is not to be found in our reality.

super sexxy.

message 31: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana although, it's the administration stuff that i could do less with. the best stories are the ones focused on toreth and warrick. but "first against the wall" is a really good balance of the two.

message 32: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine so it is an excuse for porn not being labeled as porn?

karen it's not too porny. there is actual plot and depth of characterization, but every once in a while there will also be some bondage and blow jobs!

message 34: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine ... I don't know if I should believe you.

karen well, for 2 dollars you can buy mind fuck and see for yourself!

message 36: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana actually, i picture gale harold as toreth. cliche, i know, but he's kind of got that character down. toreth is basically the psychopath version of brian kinney (karen, this is a queer as folk reference).

i can't find the pic i want, so these will have to do:

karen oh no! he hates that old lady!!

karen hahah it dos look like ashton kutcher.

dana loooooves ashton kutcher!

message 39: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana sacrilege! gale harold, please forgive the comparison to ashton kutcher!

karen hahaahahah i knew you weren't gonna like that....

message 41: by Dana (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dana according to the author, this is what toreth looks like:

karen disagree.

my way or the highway.

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