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Behrouz Gets Lucky is a romantic, literary, kinky, and political novel about two older San Francisco queers - a butch dyke gardener named Lucky and a genderqueer librarian named Behrouz. A coffee date at Café Flore in the Castro, sparks a fiery trans masculine relationship that ends with the couple eating falafel in bed at 3 am half way around the world in a hotel room in ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Cleis Press
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Sinclair
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful tribute to San Francisco, queer sex, kink, catharsis, genderqueer identities, and the complexities of love and life. Each page feels epic.
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
This is one of those books that when it shined, it was a freaking kinky glitter-laced sparklepony. It reminded me a little of Carol Queen's classic The Leather Daddy and the Femme in how it turned a lot of cherished tropes upside down.

However, when this book failed, it failed with a big old nasty plop of sparklepony poo. And contrary to conventional wisdom, that's not pretty. At all.

The good: it's actually refreshing to read about older and diverse queer characters rather than the typical fres
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was by far THE MOST bizarre book I have ever read for Romancing the Book. However, that being said, this book was funny, romantic, and extremely well written. It was informative without being in the readers face, the two protagonists had fears, insecurities, and moments of self doubt. The characters were not predictable, and they were not what the readers (nor I) would be used to. They wer
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is an acquired taste. This is purely due to the topic and pure honesty that the author has approached. It is written very well and is truly quite interesting and exciting.

I liked the rough honesty, with which the author approached this book. He chose to represent the love, life and adventures of a man, as he travelled through his personal, and often sexual, experiences. The honesty comes in with the raw emotion and the brutal ways in which some things go wrong. I am a fan of the fact
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Jess
Even giving this book three stars is probably a practice in effort justification; I've had to read it in bits over the past several weeks. The dense prose is at times awesome, at times overwhelming. While I'm always happy to discover a book narrated by a sixty year old, sex-positive, genderqueer, part-Persian librarian, there's a point when enough is enough. YMMV, but this was a little much for me. This isn't even a case of YKINMK; I don't have problems reading kinks I don't share. This was just ...more
K. Demoro
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this, as I haven't read much (okay, none until now) erotica with a transgender genderqueer narrator who falls in lust with, and then in love with, a butch dyke. And there is a lot of really intense, detailed, steamy sex going on. A lot. But that never gets in the way of the story. (Lots of great cooking and baking goes on too).
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. The narration is written in a personable, chatty, voice that I connected t
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Danni Green
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genderawesome, tft
Exactly as advertised: a butch dyke gardener and a genderqueer librarian have a whole lot of sex! Sometimes they do other stuff, but mostly they have sex. It's not always the most exciting sex to ME, but it's definitely the most exciting sex to the characters (and is likely very exciting sex to a lot of people who would want to read this book) and I enjoyed it on the level of a reader enjoying when characters are having a great time!
Gail
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I found this to be one of the most honest depictions of an unusual LGBTQ relationship I’ve ever read. It’s beautiful and messy as only real relationships are. The MCs are not young, they’re not beautiful, they’re not “normal”. They’re wonderful!!! If you’re not into extensive descriptive passages, no matter how well done, skip this one. This author loves them and so did I.
Melinda
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just couldn't get into it, quit half way through.
Kirsten
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I have mixed feelings about this book. It started off good! The erotica at the beginning was great, and I was intrigued by the masculine genderqueer/butch relationship and the fact that the characters were significantly older than any of the other characters I've read about before. And I was down with the kinks at first, I very much enjoy reading about BDSM, so I was looking forward to it.

Talking about the kinks in the book here, and it gets a little intense:
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Anna
May 30, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction, for-review
Behrouz is strongest when it comes to the (many and varied) sexual encounters between the title character, Behrouz, and their lover and eventual spouse Lucky. Lucky and Behrouz meet online through OKCupid and after a three-hour first date at a local coffee shop return to Behrouz’s apartment to get it on. Both characters identify on the transmasculine end of the gender spectrum and this work succeeds in its mission to create delicious sexual intimacy between these two characters whom most cultura ...more
Amy Butcher
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Behrouz Gets Lucky is part romance novel, part queer/kinky/sexy erotica, and part foodie travel guide to San Francisco. All together, it is completely delightful. I highly recommend it!

As a mystery reader, I’m always looking for disaster around every corner. But this is a romance novel and author Avery Cassell handles the structure beautifully, letting the characters reveal themselves and deepen into relationship through one richly sketched moment after another. But unlike most romance novels, t
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El
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
3-of-5

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
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Jon Macy
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am not a butch dyke. I'm not terribly romantic, but I have to say that after reading this book I wanted to be both things. This is a highly original work that is as sincere as it is provocative. This is a love letter/spell for romance that the author is casting, but it's caught more than just love in its net. This debut novel encapsulates what is currently going on in San Francisco at the moment whether it is forced gentrification, reaction to such, gender identity or lack there of, and most i ...more
Gretchen
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, queer, realist
Frank, delightfully debauched, detailed and charmingly grumpy, this is a bit of an erotic stream-of-consciousness novel about two older queers, one butch and one genderqueer, who fuck and fall in love in modern San Francisco. In some ways this one didn't feel super well-plotted, more like a person's oral memoir, but it's such an interesting life and so refreshing to see characters with joyfully complicated gender and sexual identities embracing their changing bodies and changing lives with unapo ...more
Christine Close
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four Stars: f/f,BDSM

I was sent this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

For me this book was truly one of a kind. It not only en-captured erotic sex but also culture, love and empowerment.

The genuineness of the characters was another plus for this interesting novel as was their age.

Obviously very erudite writer Mr Cassell's has managed to encompass erotica with enlightenment and passion.
Clara Sophia
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an utter charmer. Just a simple love story decked out with lots of gastronomic, sartorial, domestic (and erotic) detail.
Becca - Wicked Quests of a BookNinja
*ARC*

Sorry, this book was not for me.
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Avery Cassell is a San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist.

Their works include the 2019 Lammy finalist, Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII, the queer erotic romance, Behrouz Gets Lucky, the Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book, the Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book, and several anthologies.