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S by referring to him only as the Spanker of the HouseTogether they devise a plan to whisk Farleigh away from Jaspers influence landing him in Greece where Dennis can re seduce him in exotic privacy The scheme provokes bigger repercussions than Dennis ever expected and he finds himself fighting for his man and his man's legacy fiercely than ever before aided only by two Iowa co eds and a maniacal Santorini grandmotherHis satiric eye sharper than ever but never straying from the deep humanity that makes his characters and stories so appealing Robert Rodi once again delivers a fabulous unforgettable farce of the kind that has made him so enduringly popul. This novel is about the joys and perils of sleeping for your supper For a major part of the book Dennis Racine comes off as being a selfish self involved cavalier little toad He s handsome yes and can be fitfully caring But his main focus is himself and it shows in passages when other people are talking about their problemsSo it s with no small amount of glee that you read chapters in which Dennis becomes increasingly terrified when he sees his meal ticket the aging Farleigh Nock in danger of being snatched from him by a gorgeous little Adonis the new pool boy Perhaps Dennis s selfishness to be expected Snatched from the streets when he s only 15 and cultivated to be the gigolo to the aging impresario Farleigh Nock it s no wonder that he s never cultivated much in the way of an inner life or an elevated character He s lived for the joy of being suired from one expensive restaurant to another to being dressed in haute couture wearing expensive jewellery and having lovely little cottages in the Greek isles bought for him and he s never had to pay a dime for any of it How could anyone reared in this fashion from early youth possibly avoid being an absolute monsterHowever Mr Rodi manages little by little to win the reader to Dennis s cause His efforts to oust the new favorite are both hysterical he s never held down a proper job and can t even operate a modern copy machine and tinged with a touch of despair The threat of being usurped and thrown out of the streets penniless and homeless is very real and you gradually find yourself rooting for him to win back his place in his lover s heart Because Dennis does love Farleigh in his own way and shows it in little moments when the older man suffers the aftereffects of a coronary bypassIn the end Kept Boy offers a surprising twist one that you literally don t see coming and which I would be truly mean spirited to reveal However it would mean nothing without being preceded by skillful dialogue masterful characters and situations ribald amusing and poignant all penned by a really gifted writer of romantic experiences

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Kirkus calls him the undisputed doyen of the effervescent gay novel of manners Which in his characters' vernacular means he's a total screamHaving made a career of deconstructing the denizens of the modern gay world Robert Rodi now turns his hand to and twists the knife in yet another gay archetype the kept boyDennis Racine is 31 but looks 23which might be considered his good fortune except that even 23 is a bit old for his chosen profession pampered companion to the fiftyish filthy rich Chicago theatrical impresario Farleigh Nock aka the Papp of the Provinces In fact Farleigh has lately become so resistant to Dennis's charms that he's conferred the ul. Despite a bittersweet ending this is a wonderful book by an author that treats his characters with humour and affection and makes them totally engaging for the reader I was sorry when the book ended

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Timate indignity on him demanding that he get a jobDennis proves himself astonishingly unemployable then learns that his old job is in peril as well; for Farleigh's affections have been snared by the lithe young pool boy Jasper Moran When Jasper is promoted from chlorination duties to directing Farleigh's production of Lady Windermere's Fan Dennis knows he's in danger of losing his place in Farleigh's life not to mention his Last Will and TestamentLending him a hand in a spirit of common cause are his two best friends Lonnie Roach is the kept boy of an ancient gossip columnist; Paulette Ng is retained by a member of Congress whose anonymity she protect. Robert Rodi knows how to write distinct memorable characters Every single person who graces this story from the main characters to one scene minor players felt like a living breathing person with a defined personality Even impressively Kept Boy truly felt like an LGBT novel writing this same novel with straight people wouldn t make any sense at all view spoilerMy biggest problem with the novel is that I didn t believe Dennis and Jasper suddenly falling in love Rodi hints that other characters noticed sexual tension between them but I didn t feel that at all For sexual tension to work the characters actually need to spend time together for the tension to build Throughout the novel Jasper remains an elusive threat to Dennis and his economic well being There s actually very little interaction between the two certainly not enough to build this relationship between them that everyone else can sense but Dennis When Dennis is plotting and scheming to foil whatever plans Jasper has he s doing it to secure his own bag not out of some desire to snipe at him simply because it s fun If anything I felt like Dennis and Farleigh should have ended up together I think Rodi set up the story enough that it would have been believable for Dennis to realize that he actually did love Farleigh as than a meal ticket Their relationship was leaps and bounds interesting than Dennis and Jasper s hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Kept Boy

  1. says:

    Rating 325 of fiveSnarktasticKept Boy Toy of rich old ueen is threatened with replacement by the sexy young pool

  2. says:

    Another reviewer called this book candy and I agree A light story filled with charm and funny moments in a warm hearted vein The ending was a little too tidy and I didn't enjoy the trip to Greece as much as the author seems to have The best part was Dennis working the copy shop loved thatI found 16 errors in the new Kindle version which I thought to be a few too many

  3. says:

    Despite a bittersweet ending this is a wonderful book by an author that treats his characters with humour and affection and makes them totally engaging for the reader I was sorry when the book ended

  4. says:

    Kept Boy is a light and easy read Totally unbelievable but fun

  5. says:

    Robert Rodi knows how to write distinct memorable characters Every single person who graces this story from the main characters to one scene minor players felt like a living breathing person with a defined personality Even impressively Kept Bo

  6. says:

    This was fun to read but the character development is all over the place and the ending just suuuuucks

  7. says:

    Unlikable and annoying characters the story descends into laboured slapstick when it moves to Greece Robert Rodi's gay 80s stereotypes used to be a guilty pleasure maybe I've grown out of them

  8. says:

    This novel is about the joys and perils of sleeping for your supper For a major part of the book Dennis Racine co

  9. says:

    Dennis Racine a 31 yo companion to a very rich Chicago theatrical impresario Farleigh Nock finds himself in a big bind his sugar daddy has asked him to find a jobNot only is Dennis unemployable but the aging boy toy discovers that

  10. says:

    The writing style is breezy and funny definitely entertaining The dialogue is also great This is the second time I have read this book I wanted pure entertainment nothing too demanding on the brain cells This book fits the bill At times you do wonder how the main character Dennis remembers how to roll out of bed in the morning He can act insufferably stupid but at least his character develops as the book mov

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