Gerry B's Book Reviews

He’s Bewitched by Ryan Field

A campy little story not really intended to be taken seriously, and if read in this context it’s a fun read 

Story outline: Brett Samson is a young warlock who longs to be just like everyone else. His only dream in life is to fall in love with the right man and live happily-ever-after. But he becomes disillusioned with everything when his latest lover breaks off their relationship. Realizing he may never be able to live a normal, mortal life, he takes off on a road trip to Cape Cod in a vintage Lincoln convertible, with his best friend and cousin, Michelle, his outrageous little dog, Tag, and his faltering witch of a grandmother, Eloise. Rhys Phillips, a handsome young man living with a werewolf curse, is hitching to New York to find an alchemist who can remove the curse, when he meets Brett at a small filling station in Maryland. When Brett and his family are forced to spend the night in a small motel because of a flat tire, he and Rhys start out as buddies who are bunking together in the same room. But the next morning Brett wakes up with handsome Rhys pinned to his back, a broken bed frame and sexy bruises on the back of his legs. Brett, Rhys, and the rest of the family, including the remarkable dog, embark on a summertime journey that takes them to the magical tip of Cape Cod, where they all discover the meaning of true love and brilliant erotic romance. They conquer their fears, learn how to deal with a sinister dark witch, and they all wind up finding the normal lives they’ve been craving.

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 Review by Gerry Burnie 

“He’s Bewitched” by Ryan Field (Ravenous Romance, October 2009) is a campy little story, a parody of TV’s “Bewitched,” and I don’t think it was ever intended to be taken seriously. Certainly I didn’t approach it that way. In some respects it is ‘over the top,’ and in other respects I would have liked to see even more camp—i.e. with regard to the aging, somewhat befuddled Eloise—once again a parody of “Aunt Hagatha” (Rita Saw) on the TV version. 

The sex scenes are one of the ‘overdone’ bits in my opinion. Okay, Brett’s masochistic leanings are one thing, but his penchant for gang-bangs is gratuitous, not overly meaningful to the character or story, and repetitious. A few less of these wouldn’t have gone amiss apart from reducing the word count. 

The plot is also somewhat trite with the quest for a magic elixir, dark witches and alchemists, but to give it a complicated storyline wouldn’t have worked. Nothing else about this story takes itself seriously, so a corny cause and ending fits the bill quite nicely. However, even I raised my eyebrows on account of the writer’s interpretation of ‘pure and good!’ 

Personally I found it a hoot. It’s definitely not a Pulitzer Prize contender, and from that perspective I wasn’t at all disappointed.

February 5, 2010 - Posted by | Gay fiction, Uncategorized

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