By Charles Puccia
Mystery, Crime, Romance, GLBT
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Post Feb. 16, 2016
Dan Livorno – The main character is passed over for an important promotion he desperately wants. He is obsessed with his wife, Ginny and fearful of losing her, but won't go to a therapist.
Ginny – Dan's wife has a fetish named sthenolagnia for seeing and touching body builders. She craves having Ben pose next to her and flex his muscles while she and Dan have sex.
Vinny – Dan's gay personal assistant. A nice guy with a dirty mouth who is in love with Dan.
Ben – a superb bodybuilder who trains Dan and develops a serious crush on him.
Bill – Dan's boss and one nasty, vulgar, obnoxious antagonist. His being second from the top of a prestigious firm didn't fit.
Linda - Dan's competition for a prestigious promotion sabotages his presentation, the second antagonist
NOTE! Ice Cream Man contains explicit, graphic sex scenes of gay and straight characters. F-bombs are tossed around like jelly beans.
The story started as a crime plot but was soon overshadowed by the characters' personal fetish and romance issues and extended, vivid sex scenes of porn quality. The base crime plot was good but became a background to the other issues in the story. The plot was interesting but the story relied too much on sex and bodybuilding details. To me, extreme bodybuilders look like skinned rabbits; not a good sight.
I have no problem with gay and lesbian characters in a story, but when Ginny was sliding up and down on Dan's engorged member, or Ben was playing rectal exam and massaging a prostate gland, it was too much.
Most of the characters were over the top extreme and either weak or bitchy. Ben was the only one I remotely cared about and had some empathy for. Some of his romantic moments were touching and sincere.
The writing is okay, but not great.
Editing is good with minor word errors: missing, misspelled and wrong.
This story is not recommended for readers adverse to vivid depictions of sexual encounters and frequent cursing. If you can get past the above comments, you may like the story. That's the reason it gets upped to a three star.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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