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Monday, September 27, 2010

Tootsies by Sarah Black

Tootsies by Sarah Black
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

When David Miller publishes his excellent first book of poetry, his jealous-minded colleagues set him up to take a fall. Rather than be semi-fired in a quasi sex-scandal, he decides to live in his grandpa’s old log cabin, deep in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Maybe he's hoping to run into Quanah Parker Running Bear, his best friend from childhood.

But Quanah Parker is so much bigger than he remembered. Bigger and sexier and bossier, and he seems to have this strange foot thing going on. Sucking toes, rose foot cream, rubbing dicks across the tender arches of his foot -- it's weird but kind of wonderful, too. Is David in over his head?

A long winter in an isolated cabin with a kinky lover may be exactly what poet David needs. After a scandal leads to a suspension from his teaching job, David heads up to his family’s cabin in northern, rural Idaho. Although he’s no mountain man, David’s convinced he can find a way to survive the cold season and become a better man and poet because of it. Thankfully, when he hits snag after snag in his plan, his childhood friend and long-time crush Quanah Parker is there to save the day.

Tootsies is an easy read, with the clean writing and fast pace that fans of the author will enjoy. I found the plot frustrating, however, as several elements were introduced but not carried through. These include Quanah Parker’s foot fetish, which never really plays into the story despite its prominence in the blurb. There is also David’s concern over how to make a living and his lack of a computer. David randomly has a computer later in the story and he magically gets a job. David’s concern over Quanah Parker’s ex, who shows up to make trouble, disappears just as quickly and with no real resolution.

These set-ups may be annoying for some readers. However they are brought up and forgotten quickly each time, so as long as you’re not very invested in them, it may not be a problem when the issue is dropped or ignored. The dialogue is decent and the characters are fun to read, though the habit of calling Quanah Parker by his full name throughout the story is distracting. The romance is quick and the two fall in love almost instantly, so there is no question they’ll be together. The tension comes more so from how. Fans of the author are likely to enjoy this light-hearted offering notwithstanding the items mentioned above.

Tootsies is a fun, fast read and fans of the author will enjoy this story for its classic Sarah Black moments. This book is ideal for readers looking for a light, fast read.

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