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REVIEW: Take Two by Evangeline Anderson

Dear Ms. Anderson:

Take TwoThis is the third and last book that I have of yours that I read. I bought it back in November when it came out, still thinking about the Dangerous Cravings book. I figured that any excessive porniness that existed in Dirty Girl would surely be stamped out by the editing at Aphrodisia. I also thought that a sci fi erotic romance would be a fun read. I can safely say that every thought I had was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Sadie, the girl with no last name, is a reporter from the planet IO. She wants to make it big as a journalist, but her chauvinistic boss won’t let her investigate any good stories. She uses her vacation days to infiltrate the prostie-borg plant in hopes of writing a career making expose. This is awkward for her because she is raised in the morally upright colony of Goshen by a mean and uncaring Aunt, but her unnatural sexual desires led to her fiance leaving her.

Her plan falls apart when her “Overlook Me” chip starts breaking down (isn’t it convenient that they make a chip like that?) and she is chosen to service two miners. These two miners, though, are really undercover cops from Old Earth’s Vice squad investigating illegal mind transplantations from live individuals into the prostie-borgs. David Blakely and Christian Holtstein are a Tandem Unit based upon a chip that was implanted in their bodies. This chip makes it so that they could read each others emotions and make them a better team. It is defective in that the chip requires a third, a woman, to complete the circuit.

The world building was inconsistent and weak with gaping holes. This futuristic world contains other colonies but Sadie, a denizen of another planet, uses terms like “human interest” in describing the type of pieces she usually works on. When she meets one of Blakely, she immediately recognizes that he has a “Brooklyn” accent despite hardly ever leaving the planet of Goshen. She dreams about winning the Solar Prize but then later refers to it as the Pulitzer Prize. All of the characters say “Goddess” for some reason although there is no explanation of why that particular references is used. Why Old Earth’s Vice Squad would be involved in the making of prostie-borgs on another planet isn’t explained.

The majority of the story focuses on Sadie saying “I’m not that kind of girl” before, during and after multiple sex acts with the boys. The police investigation of the prostie-borg is entirely an after thought and serves only to setup situations in which Sadie MUST couple with the boys in order to save herself or them. It’s a tiresome in its repetition. Sadie is the epitome of a TSTL heroine. She goes undercover without telling anyone and without any escape plan. She doesn’t even have money to get back to Goshen. She has no skill as an investigator but still creeps out on a dangerous planet to follow Blakely and Holt. She constantly says she “isn’t that type of girl” but paragraphs later is telling the boys to clean her off with their tongues.

As for Blakely and Holt. Gah. These two talk, think and act like gay men. They actually refer to each other as “babe”.

“You joining the party, babe?” he asked his partner, his voice low and sensual.

They sleep together in a king sized bed. Straight men do not sit next to each other in the movie theater. They don’t like restaurant booths. A straight man is not to look at another man peeing in the urinal next to him. Given the choice of sleeping together on a bed and sleeping on the floor, the straight man is sleeping on the floor no matter the discomfort. Sadie, of the no last name, is nothing more than a prostie-borg regardless of the attempts to make me believe that they are all falling in love together. D.

Best regards,

Jane

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

8 Comments

  1. TeddyPig
    Dec 29, 2006 @ 09:46:50

    A straight man is not to look at another man peeing in the urinal next to him. Given the choice of sleeping together on a bed and sleeping on the floor, the straight man is sleeping on the floor no matter the discomfort.

    You have not met many Sailors have you? Yep after ten years in the Navy I can honestly say, straight men do sometimes peek at the competition and have been known to share beds. But… I am gay and what would I know about that.

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  2. Keishon
    Dec 29, 2006 @ 12:16:52

    Why are you punishing yourself? And anyway, I thought you were going to read The Assignment. That one got great buzz on the net but I didn’t care for it but then I’m contrary like that. Later.

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  3. Jane
    Dec 29, 2006 @ 12:19:12

    Actually my dad was a sailor but I don’t think I can consult with him on this issue. He’d be appalled at my reading choices. I shepharded a bunch of teenage boys on a trip once and they all had to share a room. Everyone of them had to have their own bed and the ones that didn’t, slept on the floor.

    And I had actually read the Anderson books a while back, just late in my review. I maybe will read the Assignment but not for a while.

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  4. Teddy Pig
    Dec 29, 2006 @ 12:34:41

    Actually my dad was a sailor but I don’t think I can consult with him on this issue. He’d be appalled at my reading choices.

    Oh, I did not for one minute say they would admit to this behaviour and especially not to their little girl. It’s sorta like the unwritten “man laws” regarding which urinal to use according to positions available in a crowded mens room.

    Now out drinking and during what used to be called a “bull session” with “the boys” they might use such observations from “sneaking a peek” in the bathroom or the gym shower to rib a friend.

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  5. Scooper
    Dec 29, 2006 @ 21:42:51

    RE: “Straight men do not sit next to each other in the movie theater.”

    Tonight I went to the movies and watched several groups of men sit side by side. I couldn’t help but think about this quote. I don’t think they were all gay.

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  6. bam
    Dec 30, 2006 @ 01:06:54

    Straight men do not sit next to each other in the movie theater.

    I have seen dudes who are very good friends put two open seats in between them in the movie theater. Funniest thing ever.

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  7. willow
    Oct 14, 2007 @ 00:14:12

    “Straight men do not sit next to each other in the movie theater.”

    No. Straight men do not have sex with each other. If they dont sit next to each other in a theatre and they are friends than they are just insecure with themselves and are probably closet homosexuals.

    I’m sorry but the whole what makes a man gay is stupid.

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  8. TeddyPig
    Oct 14, 2007 @ 00:21:56

    No. Straight men do not have sex with each other. If they dont sit next to each other in a theatre and they are friends than they are just insecure with themselves and are probably closet homosexuals.

    I'm sorry but the whole what makes a man gay is stupid.

    Nah, being I am gay I think it is interesting.
    Now say, if two straight guys get drunk and grope each other in bed are they still straight?

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