The Tradesman's Entrance

Cameron Vale
The Tradesman's Entrance
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Vagabondage Press
Release Date
May 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

Virginal Stephen Patterson is suffering from writers block on his latest money-spinning bodice-ripper, and his mood can only get worse when Dave the plumber shows up two hours late, mocks him, and plunders his pantry.

But first impressions can be deceptive; Dave is a highly unusual tradesman with an odd line in biscuit-based philosophy, an open-minded approach to sex, and a cast-iron certificate in unblocking all sorts of pipes.

When Dave decides that it's long past time for Stephen to unclog years of fear and insecurity, Stephen may finally discover who he really is.

Book Review by Annette Gisby (author,reviewer)
Nov 20, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
191 people found the following review helpful
Love, romance and biscuit tin philosophy from Cameron Vale.

Twenty-six year old Stephen is a writer of bodice ripper romances under the pseudonym Patience DeVere. He's also a virgin and suffering from a desperate case of writers' block. Shy almost to the point of agoraphobia, he rarely leaves his house and considers the romance novels he writes the nearest thing he's ever going to get to sex with someone else. His day just seems to get worse and worse when Dave the plumber shows up hours late, drinks all his tea, eats all his cakes, mocks everything about Stephen from his white carpets to his kitchen décor.

It doesn't help that Dave is built like a Greek god and Stephen falls instantly in lust. Maybe his day isn't going to get worse; maybe it's going to get better.

This was a wonderful little story peppered with humour throughout and you really get a feel for the characters. Dave the plumber has lots of little philosophical points, usually pointed out in relation to biscuits and Stephen wonders if he's let a madman into his house. And a burning question, how on Earth did Stephen get a London plumber to arrive on the same day, even if he was hours late? We had to wait months; they all had a waiting list ;)

Stephen is such a shy, bumbling man who you just want to hug and push in Dave's direction and to advise him, "Go on, go for it." The two banter back and forth for a while before they get to the bedroom and the love scene was both erotic and contained a touch of humour, too.

My only niggle would be that it is written in the present tense, which seems an unusual choice for anything longer than a short story. It's more of a personal preference; other people might not find it so off-putting. It did take me a while to get with the flow of it, but I'm glad I persevered.

It's short and sweet and I was smiling throughout most of it. It was just such fun to read and the ending fit the story to a T.
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