No on wants to be a thirty year old virgin, or at least that is what Dr. believes and he is willing to find a prostitute (rent boy being its slang term) to remedy his affliction before he figuratively keels over on his birthday from shock.

Rentboy is a lively and suspenseful novel that features affable protagonists and secondary characters that add a little depth to what can occasionally be an over the top novel. The sex scenes were hot and (oddly enough with the over the top subplot) the relationship was believable and aggressively charming. The only criticisms that I have are minor ones: Edward can occasionally come off as overly naive.

His nervous rambling and referencing to his genitals as "willy" can be sweet but is also a little ridiculous coming from someone over the age of eight. Overall this is a very well-written and enjoyable story that I will be recommending to everyone.

Book Blurb for Rentboy

Gay, nerdy and extremely shy, scientist Dr. Edward Atherton is desperate for his first sexual encounter in order to avoid being a 30-year-old virgin. With his birthday fast approaching, he gives up traditional routes and goes in search of a prostitute. The young Goth he meets in a back alley in Soho, London, isn't exactly what he had in mind, but he soon finds himself in bed with Fox Baillie having the sexiest time of his life.

When he wakes up to find Fox gone and with him Edward's computer, he feels embarrassed and used. Problem: still he can't get the skinny, pale young man with the black hair and eye makeup out of his mind. He finds Fox once again in the alley and is treated to a handjob up against the grimy wall.

The last thing Fox expected when he's ordered by his ex-military father to seduce Dr. Atherton and steal his computer is that he'll actually find the dude sexy and enjoy the encounter. Ignoring the danger from his brutal father, he continues to seek out Eddie to continue what they started. But what kind of future is there for a scientist and a rentboy?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, self-injury, violence.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.00