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Calling the Show

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  697 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Senior stage manager Jesse Ferelit and sophomore light board operator Simeck Whedon meet while crewing a college theater production. Jesse hates everything about Sim, from his lack of theater experience, to his obsession with LGBTQ politics, to his infatuation with, of all things, Hula hoops. Well, he doesn't hate everything. He doesn't mind Sim's eyes, or hair, or his sur ...more
ebook, 260 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Loose Id
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J *deep in the heart of Texas*
I think I'd call this book quirky!

Jesse was so weirdly adorable, with his controlling ways. And he could be an ass at times. But he was always quick to make things right. He just wasn't a people person.

I loved the whole enemies to lovers thing between Jesse and Sims. Their banter made me laugh...a lot!

And the sex... was all kinds of kinky fun!

And Sims hula hooping hobby. I'll never look at a hula hoop the same again!

This was a very easy read. Low drama and angst. Jesse and Sims were re
Lisa Henry
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, made-me-laugh
What did I think of this book?

I bought a hula hoop. For serious. I couldn't decide between the green sparkly one or the blue sparkly one for ages. I went with the green.

I also bought some Lego, but that's got nothing to do with this book. I mostly got that to make my seven year old nephew jealous.

(A proper review will definitely follow)

Actually, instead of a review I'm going to issue a challenge: I dare you to read this book and look at a hula hoop without thinking rude things. Rude, delicio
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: various-romance
Reread on 23/3/13. Even better the second time around. Just brilliant characters and dialogue. I loved every word. Upping from 4 stars to 5.

Jesse is an aspiring stage manager in his final year of college. He's also a perfectionist and a control-freak, which has only become worse since a nervous breakdown (which he calls a stress-related loss of composure) a few years earlier. His lighting operator gets sick and Simeck, a student from the alternative style New Hall program is the substitute. Sim
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Light and sweet, college boys exploring BDSM with snark... what's not to love?!

This was my first solo read by J.A. Rock, and it is one of the few M/M paperbacks that I own. Was it worth having it up on my PHYSICAL shelf? Hells yeah! It was hot and such a fun read.

There is a ton of hoopla about the hula hoop scene in this book (get it? *dork alert*), but that one really didn't make it onto my radar. Logistically speaking, hula hoop sex sounds like a disaster. However, all of the sexual tension a
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Mandapanda
First of all, I need to thank MandyM for bringing this to my attention. D/s (or BDSM) is never high on my list -- so when blurbs or tags mention it on a book, I will not look at the book twice. Thanks to her review, I decided to give this a try. And boy, am I glad that I did!! I've been feeling jaded with published MM stories lately. I found my consolation in few free-online fics because they seem to do better in offering fresh voices and a forever-after love that is believable (including the in ...more
Vanessa North
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-favorites
I've been stingy with stars lately, really freaking stingy. I didn't expect to love this book, like 5 star love it, and maybe that's how it snuck up on me.

(view spoiler)

Whatever, I loved it. :)

Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Gigi by: Tina K
Well, shit! I loved this book, was freaking by 7% but then... I don't know. I got thrown off the horse at about 90%. I need to sleep on this one before rating and reviewing.
Heather C
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
OMFG I fucking loved this book!!
Simeck and Jesse were so fucking adorable. I loved the hate thing they had going on in the beginning with all the sexual tension. Jesse was the misunderstood nerotic asshole "who'd rather have a stick up his ass than a dick." (Sim's words, not mine)  Luckily, Simeck was able to see past all that and find the real Jesse.  Although the real Jesse is still a neurotic asshole who has to be in control of everything and has no brain-to-mouth filter.  No, he's honest an
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, light-and-easy
It is a beautiful thing when you have alternating 1st person POV's that works and you don't even need to look at a name to know who is speaking, that is how distinct Jesse and Sim's voices were. Engaging characters in a light on the angst, amusing opposites attract story with some tender moments. The BDSM was also light and more about two people discovering a few kinks together and what worked for them without falling into assumed roles. I thought the technical side of theater was nicely balance ...more
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Review now up on Prism Book Alliance

”I didn’t have to be anyone I wasn’t."

I’m going to do my best to articulate my feelings about this story, when all I really want to do is skip around in a meadow still drenched in sunshine just before dusk, tossing copies of this book around like the sweet, surprising and strong daisies they are.

Oh, Jesse, you made me snort for the first time on something like page three. The humor in this story is grounded in the characters. Ms Rock knows these characters. Th
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J.A. Rock is the author or coauthor of over twenty LGBTQ romance, suspense, and horror novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A. has received Lambda Literary and INDIEFAB Award nominations for MINOTAUR, and THE SUBS CLUB received the 2016 National Leather Association-International Pauline Reage Novel Award. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Pro ...more
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