Dudleytown by L.B. Gregg
October 29, 2010
Aspen Mountain Press
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: He was dressed and I was naked. That’s pretty much the plotline for half the movies I watch.
Almost twenty year old Alex Strauss is on his way home during college break with his roommate Shannon and their mutual friend Ricky. Alex caught Shannon and a female companion getting down and dirty on his dorm bed earlier in the day. Having been attracted to the upper classman Shannon since he first started rooming with him two months ago, Alex is still steaming at the scene he witnessed. Where Alex is small and scrawny and more on the timid side, Shannon is tall, full of muscle and takes control.
Hearing the road is closed up ahead due to a tractor trailer and prison bus accident, Ricky decides to take a short cut – through the woods in his jeep. Ricky, anxious to get home for his date, flies through the treacherous woods way too fast. They enter Dudleytown, where scary ghost stories lurk. Pitch black outside, all of a sudden a body hits the jeep, and they go careening into a ravine. Alex and Shannon get out with no injuries, but Ricky has some broken bones and a bad concussion. Stranded in the middle of no where, with no cell phone service, Alex and Shannon sit Ricky down and explore their options. But a few minutes later, Ricky is gone, and Shannon and Alex have a very bad feeling of what is to come.
Besides being stuck in the woods, Alex doesn’t realize Shannon has been eying Alex up for some time now…and the adrenaline of being in an accident, surrounded by mystery and danger, allows attraction to come to the surface.
Dudleytown is a short, funny, dirty story and just adds to the pile of wonderful books L.B Gregg writes. She always makes me laugh out loud and her romance is always steamy. Hell, she has the boys making out in the middle of the dark woods in a hidey-hole of sorts. It’s hot.
Alex has no idea Shannon is gay, only having known him two months and just this day having caught him with a girl. But as Shannon says, everyone does gay different – and he has a good reason for his earlier actions with the female in the dorm room. Although Shannon is great at leading and being in control, his admission of being a bit shy in the romance department is really endearing. But don’t get me wrong, he is the one to initiate the smex in the woods. And he later forces the issue when Alex is afraid Shannon will conveniently forget they ever did anything together.
For such a short book, L.B Gregg gives us a fun, spooky mystery where poor Ricky gets carted off with the bad guy. Shannon and Alex then need to track Ricky down and at the same time keep a low profile from the scary men running around the woods. And the end is very sweet, and poignant and there are naked bodies and a shower. Seriously, you can’t go wrong.