Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Boston Bauble Party
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
PUBLISHER: Siren Publishing
LENGTH: 106 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016
Liam feels sorely inadequate below the belt. To cheer him up, his roommate and best friend Troy scores for them a special invite to an exclusive and hush-hush Bauble Party held in a classy mansion in one of Boston’s upscale districts.
When Liam discovers what the fancy soirée is actually about, he gets nervous and insecure, and wants to leave. Troy convinces him to stay by introducing him to Burton, a wealthy, self-made, clean-tech tycoon—who is also an experienced Dom befitting Liam’s submissive tendencies. It seems Liam and Burton are a match made in kink heaven.
But where does that leave Troy with his secret and unrequited love for Liam?
Perhaps an unusual party is exactly what these three men with big hearts need in order to learn that size isn’t everything and that they are better off with each other than without.
Even after I read the blurb and chose to take this book, I still wasn’t really sure what the book was about. I’ll admit that I even had to look up a couple terms to try to understand what the author was talking about.
Troy and Liam are best friends and roommates. They have been best friends for years. Troy is furious because his BFF feels inadequate. Although he is more than blessed in the penis area, his testicles are small and Liam wants enhancement surgery. Troy is willing to go to extreme measures to stop him from this mistake. He decides to take Liam with him to an exclusive Boston Bauble party. This book is what happens when the two friends attend.
Okay, so I had my eyes opened wide on this one. First, the author suggests that the size of a gay man’s testicles is important in gay society. I have never heard or read of this being true. Maybe it is in some sort of bizarre BDSM underworld. It appeared that everyone in this story was fixated on the size of a guy’s testicles…to the point of considering implants. It just baffled me. The guy was blessed with at least a seven-inch penis so I didn’t understand the concern. That is what I finally figured out was meant by the phrase “sorely inadequate below the belt” in the blurb. I have to say, that came as a complete surprise.
Then they go to the “bauble” party and it turns out that it is some kind of exclusive sex party that is held once a month and “teabagging” is the priority. Had to look those terms up. Found on Google that a bauble party was supposed to be an earring party so I wasn’t as much in the dark as I though. I guess the author chose to invent that phrase. The “teabagging” surprised me even more. It was the act of sucking on a partner’s testicles so I guess that is why he felt inadequate. I don’t know if the author made this up or took another fringe sex act and made it the focus of the story. I know that tea-bagging began as a college prank. I wasn’t aware that it is now something that is done at parties. It just didn’t work for me.
It is a ménage story, which are usually my favorite type of stories, but all in all, I kind of felt “mislead” by the blurb and it turned me off to the book. I liked all the men in the story and their future seemed bright but I just didn’t connect. Not the ménage story for me.