Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Review: Lingus by Mariana Zapata

Lingus Cover An unusual New Adult romance with a hero who is a porn star

Lingus by Mariana Zapata

Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Length: 500 pages
Source: Purchase
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Katherine Berger (Kat) is a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher who lives in Miami. Tristan King is a 29-year-old man who is serving as an intern at a family law firm until he passes the bar. The firm is right down the street from the school where Kat works, but they have not previously run into each other until the day they meet at a porn convention in Miami that she's been dragged to by her two best girlfriends.

When Kat meets an extremely handsome, but quite friendly and non-threatening, young man at the porn convention who says his name is Tristan, she is delighted that he seems to have in common with her an offbeat sense of humor. She has high hopes that he will ask her out until, later that same day, she is greatly shocked to discover that Tristan is, and has been for several years, a porn-film star with the provocative stage name, "Robby Lingus."

This romance novel is extremely unusual for the genre. In addition to the hero's being a porn star, one of Kat's two best friends is also a porn star, and her other female best friend, a loudly, proudly, sexually liberated woman, falls madly in love with yet another porn star, who happens to be Tristan's best friend since childhood.

Interestingly enough, like all of this author's romance novels that I have read so far, the hero and heroine don't actually kiss, let alone have sex, until almost the end of the book. So in spite of all the racy talk and off-color language that abounds throughout this novel, the central plot, the romance, involves a "slow burn" development of a close friendship between Kat and Tristan before the two friends finally become lovers. In spite of his unconventional career, the hero is a sweet, metrosexual male. In other words, though his porn career might lead one to believe he is going to be portrayed as the familiar romance-novel "bad boy" AKA "alpha" hero, who normally tends to be an abrasive, moody, control freak, that is definitely not the case. That's a unique twist that adds to the generally light tone of this novel.

This book is, for the most part, a romantic comedy. There is cute banter between Kat and Tristan, and quite a bit of nutty antics on the part of Kat's quirky friends.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 3

Hero: 4

Subcharacters: 3

Romance Plot: 4

Subcharacters: 3

Writing: 4

Overall: 3.5 rounded to 4

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