NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Cutie Pies by Barbara Bell

Author: Barbara Bell
Book: Cutie Pies
Page/Word Count: 121 pages, 29K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Blurb:
Joey works at Cutie Pies, the smallest adult store in Sydney. After his parents kicked him out years ago, the haphazard shop became his home away from home and is the only place where he can embrace his queer, quirky, and—okay—sometimes a little awkward self.

When Mick, a new-to-town customer, walks in asking for a dildo, Joey thinks it’s all a part of the day’s work. Except Mick’s large dark eyes, shy smile, and kissable lips—along with the ten-inch dildo he bought—quickly win him a starring role in Joey’s nightly fantasies.

Joey can’t stop thinking about him, and Mick’s continued visits to the store make him even harder to forget. Mick is shy and sweet, but also secretive and uncertain. As the two grow closer together, Joey starts to wonder what Mick really wants from him, and whether he can risk falling in love with someone who might not be free to love him back.

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4.5✨s from Lucy (Hearts on Fire Reviews) – Adorable, that is the only thing I could think when I finished this book. Absolutely adorable. Joey is clerk at Cutie Pies, an adult store. It’s the perfect place for him and he has a great boss in Kate and an awesome bestie, Becca, who works with him. Joey’s family was not and is not supportive of him (mom sends him antigay books for Christmas) so Cutie Pies is the world to him.

When the shy, quiet Mick comes in to buy, of all things, a 10” dildo, things are looking up even if Joey isn’t supposed to flirt with the customers. I have to say, Joey and Becca are silly and together they act like big kids. I liked that, because Joey deserves some fun. What starts off as a flirtation ends up as longing on Joey’s part, at least until he finds out Mick has a boyfriend, one he’s been with since high school. But then Mick comes back and continues buying and Joey continues longing.

The story is just so cute and both of them, plus Kate and Becca, have their awkward funny moments. I loved when Mick wants to talk to Joey and asks him to go to a quiet place, then they end up at a tiki bar, where the short Mick ends up, “…mortified, not to mention tiny thanks to the too-low seat and the too-high table.” The visual made me laugh. Similarly, their date for Mardi Gras, complete with happy ending, made me laugh. The side story of Becca and Kate worked in well and the glass “art”.

I loved that Joey got to be surrounded by a supportive, loving family (Mick’s) and that Mick got to be with someone who cherished him. It’s just sweet and charming, and as I said – adorable.

About Barbara Bell:
Barbara Bell grew up on a sheep farm in rural Australia, moved to Brisbane when she was nineteen to study film, and now lives in Sydney with an ever changing cast of housemates and a colony of bees.

She is an avid traveller, a proud geek, and loves telling stories about human relationships and how strange and silly (but also beautiful) they can be. She began writing when she was eleven years old and believes it’s probably too late to break the habit now.

Five of My Favourite Fictional Relationships
Cutie Pies is a love story.
Hopefully that doesn’t come as a surprise. It is, after all, a romance.
However, love is a universal emotion, something we all know and can connect with, and so love stories can be found in almost every genre in almost every medium. Star Wars has Han Solo and Princess Leia, Pirate of the Caribbean has Will and Elizabeth, and Lord of the Rings has Aragorn and Arwen (as well as Legolas and Gimli though that’s a discussion for another day).
But, some love stories seem to rise above the rest.
They’re not always the best love stories. Sometimes they are just the most real. Or, sometimes they connect with us on a personal level. But, for whatever reason, they stick with us.
And so, without any further ado, here is a list of five fictional relationships that have stuck with me. Keep in mind, these relationships aren’t necessarily romantic (or even always healthy!), they are simply pairs which I think have a compelling dynamic. I’ve also tried to draw from a variety of different sources. Hopefully my eclectic media consumption habits aren’t too distracting…

Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac from Ann Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
That’s right, first on my list is the OG gay vampires themselves, Louis and Lestat. For those that haven’t read Ann Rice’s books, Lestat is a vampire who meets and turns Louis because he wants a companion in his eternal second life. While at first Louis embraces his new existence as a vampire he quickly realises the horror of what he’s become and rebels against it (and Lestat). Their relationship is that of enemies and lovers, fighting in ideologies but still not quite able to let go no matter how much they hurt each other.
Sounds messed up? That’s because it is. This list isn’t of the healthiest relationships in fiction, just some I find the most compelling. And compelling these two are. They’re complex, manipulative, and at times downright abusive. But the feelings they have for each other are both so erotic and so vivid they can’t be ignored. At the end of the day Ann Rice tells a captivating story about two very flawed men (or monsters) and how their existences interweave.

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Contest:
To celebrate this release, one lucky winner will receive a copy of Cutie Pies! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 24, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Cutie Pies by Barbara Bell

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3 thoughts on “NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Cutie Pies by Barbara Bell

  • March 21, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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    Thanks for the review!
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

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  • March 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm
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    Thank you for the review!
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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