Title: Lube Job
Author: Shannon West and Remy Deveraux
Length: 5,562 words
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: m/m contemporary erotica
Jason’s having a bad day. He was late to work, his power’s off, his clothes aren’t dry and he has to take an ice cold shower. Once at work things don’t improve. Frustrated and out of sorts he heads home only to have his car stop in the middle of a busy intersection. Cursing his fate, he’s ready for a nervous breakdown when the tow truck drives up. Behind the wheel is a gorgeous hunk of a man named Armando, who rescues Jason and takes him back to his shop for a look at his car. Armando soon discovers that Jason is in serious need of a lube job. His car needs some work too. This is a full service mechanic shop, and Armando aims to please. Jason doesn’t get to leave till he’s been fully serviced.
With a title like Lube Job and a blurb full of innuendo which had me sniggering like a teenage boy, it’s pretty plain what you’re getting with this story. Yes it’s pure, unapologetic smut. Knowing what I was in for, I sat back and enjoyed the story in all its dirty glory.
The story follows poor hapless Jason who, after a crappy day from hell, breaks down in the middle of a busy intersection. Fortunately for him Armando the mechanic, who Jason saw briefly at work earlier, is on hand to rescue him and give him the thorough seeing to he needs.
The erotic content is reflected in the rude and raunchy language used in the story. For example, there’s a lot of focus on genitals and parts of the body which turn Jason on, and little or no focus on the more romantic aspects such as lips or eyes. I didn’t mind this because it’s an expected aspect of the genre and it fitted well with the theme of the book. Also everything is slightly exaggerated with Armando being related to a giant in terms of penis size and the sex itself being very wince worthy at first. Again this was conventional for erotica and I found it amusing rather than annoying. I also didn’t find it arousing but some readers may enjoy that sort of language.
One thing I did really like about the story was the sense of cheeky fun which permeated the story. The writing is crude, yes, but it’s also light-hearted with a thread of humour. Jason’s crappy day is annoying for him, and whilst I sympathised with him, it also made me smile.
At just over 5,000 words there’s not much plot to the story, but there was enough in terms of the characterisation of Jason for me to enjoy what I was reading. There’s no romance, although the story ends with a promise of more for Jason, which fits with the conventions of this genre. I would recommend the story for those looking for a bit of hot, sweaty erotica to fill a gap between novels and at $0.99, it’s hardly going to break your credit card.