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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well if you're looking for a light and easy romance about two inexperienced, insecure twenty-somethings finding each other then this is the book for you. On the surface there are all the jokes and silly moments to make this one a humor story. The wacky best friend and boss-lady, the colorful characters who come into the sex shop, the attraction between the two mc's and their youthful, bumbling attempt to get together and get past the shadows of past lovers. However, if you dig deeper there are other things going on. Mick has a good, supportive family but lives in a very small town and can't find a relationship. He resorted to getting into an online thing that wasn't too healthy and left him with some issues he had to overcome. Joey had to escape his homophobic family and make a life for himself in Sydney. He's doing okay, kind of playing the field but not expecting to find anyone really special, not feeling like he is ever going to belong anywhere again after being rejected by his own family. It's a sweet, mildly funny story and its strength definitely lies in the author's ability to write well. Barbara Bell's prose is fluid and easy to read and Cutie Pies was a pleasant book to read.