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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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03/13/2007 Archived Entry: "e-Book review: First Steps"

First Steps
By Sean Michael
Published by Torquere Press

Review by Lynn Loper

Awwww. The gay New York writer pays a surrogate to bear him a child; it turns out to be twins, girl and boy. He takes them away from the nasty city to a cabin in the mountains, and a studly forest ranger shows up to warn them of fire dangers. Shortly, studly forest ranger and New York writer are in bed in studly's beautifully-equipped but rustic cabin. Internet service, running water, and endless hours to do nothing but make love and worship the babies.

It starts to drag towards the end. The kids sound cute enough, but they're only toddlers, and they don't do that much. Studly and the writer spend most of their time in bed. Except for a brief interlude of flu at the end of the book, these are literally the only things that happen in this book. But if you're looking for lots of sex and not-too-contrived pauses between sessions, this is a good book for you.

Minor complaints: the writer is another one of those who thinks sentence fragments illustrate passion. It wasn't until the end of the book that I realized that one of the babies is named Daniel Boone. And the line "It was like lightning in his pants", which made me think of various bad jokes from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (Josie Lawrence saying "I live in your pants!", the actual "Whose Line" game and Ryan Stiles saying "It was like lightning in his pants" deadpan). I had to put the book down and go away for a while.

But they're really minor complaints. It's a quick read and I enjoyed it.

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