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No Glitter Blown

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Dumb Jock (Dumb Jock, #1)

Dumb Jock (Dumb Jock, #1) - Jeff Erno Prepare to recall the awkwardness and confusion of being a teen and the struggle to understand one's feelings. The story rambles and repeats, much like the mantras running through a teen's head, but it can be a bit slow. The reader really does join Jeff's journey and rides along, the pace is realistic, but perhaps too realistic if one is looking for a more structured read; this one is like a diary.It is a painful journey with ups and downs--a lot of downs, but it is optimistic even with the heavy issues addressed. Set in the 80s with all sorts of references: turntables, Dukes of Hazzard posters, and Reagan. All of this is what surrounds one young man as he comes to grips with who he is, his life and accept who he loves.That love is a hometown hero, a larger than life person. Brett is flawed. He hurts Jeff multiple times, not maliciously, but in the careless fashion of self-absorbed teens who are preoccupied by their own space and fail to always recognize the consequences of their actions or are afraid of them.There are similarities to Erno's Puppy Love, which is much more intense in the power dynamics though they both explore D/s, here it is younger and less coalesced without the more extreme kink. I found this to be more romantic of the two with Brett being a more sympathetic protagonist.Recommended for a reader who wants to patiently retrace a coming out story and enjoys dipping back into the 80s.Favorite quote:His job included handling me with care in a protective, possessive manner. My job was to idolize him and strive always to please him.~~ A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews