Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Hipster Brothel
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani, Ltd
LENGTH: 162 Pages
RELEASE DATE: January 22, 2017
— The lumberjack of his dreams is now available for rent. —
Mr. B has always been a safe guy for Jo to crush on. He’s the cutest bearded lumber-god to salivate over. Add to that his friendly, outgoing personality, and Mr. B might just be the first guy Jo would be willing to kiss. Fortunately, Mr. B has been in a relationship for years, and Jo is no home-wrecker.
But when Mr. B breaks up with his partner and all of a sudden is single, available, and talks about his plans to be sexually adventurous, Jo isn’t so sure anymore if he has the guts to come out as bisexual.
After a sour breakup, Mr. B wants to show his ex that he’s independent, exciting, and can do very well without him. His best friend Jo is there to the rescue, and they come up with a great new business venture. One thing they lack to start their own line of artisanal boozy jams – money for the investment.
After a drunken brainstorming session, Mr. B finds a way to both gather the cash and show the middle finger to his ex. He will create a one of a kind Hipster Brothel – The Lumbersexual Experience – offering wood chopping lessons, pipe smoking, and a reclaimed wood bed where the magic happens. It’s bound to be a success… if only Mr. B can go through with it, because the mixed signals from Jo are making him wonder if his best friend is as straight as he always seemed.
Hipster Brothel is a cute little offering from the ladies writing as K.A. Merikan. It, like the last book I read from these ladies, is again a departure from their more brutal gangster, biker series to something that is sweeter and more of a romance. I personally chose the book because it had a big hairy bear Lumbersexual. What’s not to love? And he is a huge fan of donuts. Even better.
Mr. B has recently broken up with his partner, Mr. A. There is a story behind the names, but not really an explanation of why Mr. B would keep using it once he and Mr. A had split up. I got the impression that Mr. A was the partner with the money, since he owned the furniture shop, and Mr. B left the relationship with nothing.
So, what is Mr. B to do now? Why not get drunk with his best friend. He hangs out with the best friend, Jo, all the time anyway. So of course, he is the first one he calls… and Jo comes running. We the readers know that Jo has had a huge crush on Mr. B for years at CrossFit, but Jo is straight and Mr. B is in a relationship. But Jo isn’t really that straight. He likes girls, but he also likes Mr. B… a lot.
Mr. B has feelings for Jo, but he is straight, so he has never mentioned them. After drinking way too much home-made liquor, the two come up with a plan. Mr. B, with Jo’s help, will refurbish the two old railroad cars on Mr. B’s brother’s property and turn them in a Hipster Brothel to make money so they can open an alcoholic jam company. So, ya, not totally realistic in their dreams, but hey, it’s fiction. Will they ever get around to admitting they are both totally into each other? And will it happen before Mr. B starts offering his favors to a bunch of strangers for money?
An entertaining… if predictable story, full of miscommunication, but with a HEA. I recommend the book if you’re looking for a short, fast read that ends well and doesn’t have a lot of angst. As always with these ladies’ books, the editing and writing are spot on.