Reviewed by Vicki
TITLE: Rent to Own
AUTHOR: P.J. Nevada
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 51,000 words
What’s a relationship about? Can long term commitments exist on just sex? Or can sex lead to a solid long term relationship? Troy Sanders wants that kind of relationship with a man, based on a serious connection, a complete possession of souls, so to speak. Good looking Troy must decide who the right guy could be for him! A long time friend, or the nice guy he just met, or maybe a bad boy next door? Troy, who lives and works in Las Vegas, knows all about Sin City, but he wants love, real love. Follow his sexual romp with some pretty hot, sexy guys, and watch what happens, and see what he ends up with. Some shocks, gasps, heavy breathing, a handful of climactic moments, as well as some tears await, in this novel-length steamy story by this successful prolific author. Explicit language.
Oh man…. I hate to do this, but the blog was asked to review this book so I’m going to.
I appreciate the time and effort an author puts in to a book, and I sure as hell am not brave enough to write one, so I feel really bad when I have to talk about a book that didn’t work for me. There are so many things wrong with this book though, it’s just is not ready for publication.
There really isn’t much of a plot, Troy Sanders lives in an apartment in Las Vegas, but he would like to have a house. He’d also like to have a boyfriend. His best friend John is married to a woman named Lori. Troy, John, and Lori go out for a few meals, and Troy and John mess around a bit. Troy meets his neighbor, a rent boy named Remy/Sam and spends some time with him. He also goes out to a club one night with John, meets a guy named Brett, and dates him a bit. He ends up with one of them and lives happily ever after. That’s pretty much it. There are some attempts at drama, at one point Troy is in a car accident and is in a coma for three weeks from a concussion. Remy gets arrested one night and Troy bails him out of jail and bandages his injuries. There are a couple of arguments, one between Troy, John, and Lori, one between Troy and Sam. There are some really awkward sex scenes, including a blow job in a theater that had me cringing.
My real issue with this book is the total lack of editing. It doesn’t appear anyone other than the author read this book. There are massive typos, in fact my favorite was the author using celebrate in place of celibate. There are extra words, repeated words, missing words, stilted dialogue, and time line issues. The character names are used waaaay too much. I had a problem with the fact that Troy is put in a coma for a dislocated shoulder and a concussion. The ending is about the most unrealistic ending to a book I have ever seen. The female characters are insulting to females.
I really don’t mean to be so negative, I do try to find something positive in any book I read, but I just can’t with this one. I didn’t like the plot, the characters, the sex scenes, or the writing. Unfortunately this is the second time this has happened with this author, I read one of his other books and it was just as poorly written. I don’t like doing this but it was submitted to be reviewed, so this is my review. I’m sorry!