Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Big: Because even men get pregnant
AUTHOR: Wolfgang Glasscock
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 290 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2017
People say I’m big all the time. Big guy on campus. Big guy in town. Big… You know where…
The rumors about me are endless and legendary. And for good reason: I’m hot, popular, and wanted. Every girl in class needs to know who I am. I let every guy know where they stand, in turn…on the bottom of the totem pole.
Of course, being big means having a huge target on your back. People crave to pull you down. Makes sense.
But there’s this one guy, Nash, who’s always looking at me like…I don’t know. Without any prejudice. Like I can be myself around him.
Which is really weird, because I feel more connected to him than my own girlfriend. I even wrestle him more than her, since we’re both on the same team.
And when we’re apart, I—I—
There’s no way I’m gay, man. It’s just not in me. I got a reputation to uphold.
Or maybe it is in me. And I just don’t want to admit it.
That I might be falling for another man.
Wow, where do I even start?
Firstly, the blurb doesn’t begin to cover everything that you’re going to want to know before you decide you want to read this book. Yes, this is a college romance but Otis and Nash are actually best friends. Although, from Otis’s thoughts it seems that he’s only friends with nerdy Nash because Nash makes him feel superior and good about himself. Nash is gay, but a virgin who doesn’t come across as inclined to ever do anything about losing that virginity, because his family won’t allow him to be gay. Otis has a girlfriend and a line of other girls ready to “suck his dick whenever he commanded” but lately he’s only managed to get an erection while thinking about Nash. Otis apparently has “pretty open-minded” parents, who naturally “despise gay men” and will possibly attempt to kill Otis if he ever decides that he’s gay. Thank god they’re open-minded or who knows what else they might do! One night, after breaking up with his girlfriend who is the perfect love of his life, no wait she’s just some tiresome chick with anger issues, Otis ends up at Nash’s apartment where he proceeds to connect with his gay side in a very explicit way.
Which is where much of my confusion over this book really kicked into high gear. Obviously the title has that little tag line “Because even men get pregnant” but when the review request was sent to our blog that wasn’t included, and as the blurb makes no mention of male pregnancy…well, who goes into a contemporary book expecting a pregnant man? From here we learn that only perfectly paired gay men can produce a child. These men are known as werewolves, not because they are shape shifters but because they begin to develop certain characteristics that are similar to those werewolves we read about in romance novels. The men are paired as alphas and omegas and it’s the omega that carries the child. Again, where was the mention of werewolves in the blurb? I know so many readers who don’t read shifter books who wouldn’t be impressed had they purchased this book. But they aren’t really shape shifters, you say? Well, they weren’t meant to be, until Otis actually does shift into a werewolf. But luckily Nash can still communicate with him because they can speak telepathically. Of course.
The conflict in the story comes from Otis begin a douche-canoe and treating Nash like crap. Even after Otis decides that he’s in love with Nash he continues to look down at him, seeing him as weak and clingy and often annoying. Nash is undeniably written as “the girl”, but had a female character actually been treated this way there’d be a riot. Otis is exactly the sort of dickhead jock that you like to see get their comeuppance in most stories – they aren’t usually the main character. Nash, well Nash is weak. Otis treats him badly and he just goes back for more. I really didn’t like any of these characters.
There’s further tension created by the fact that neither man is out to his parents or friends. Actually there’s a huge fuss made of wondering what will happen, and most of that all just fizzles out to nothing. The one scene with angry parents, that had been built up through much of the book was over in about two pages, and that was that. No resolution. Then the story rushed through to an ending that saw Nash “push the baby out”… No idea how, or from where, because there was absolutely no details.
So, were there any positives to this story? YES! The sex scenes were amazing. This is obviously where this author’s talents lie. They were rough and dirty and just…not lovemaking. This was frank, descriptive fucking, and it gets all the points! If this was being sold as erotica, I may have been more forgiving of the ridiculous plot just because the sex is brilliant, but it’s not, it’s sold as romance.
Some readers, those who love a good, sweaty sex scene might enjoy this story for those scenes alone. In my opinion this story still needs a lot of work. An editor is a necessity, not a luxury.