Damaged Goods (Sidelined #2)
Supervised by Cat / July 29, 2016 / #3.99 digital
Jesus Heist, this book—which follows Offensive Behaviour, book one in the Sidelined series—is great.
Here’s why it kept me turning pages way past oh-shit-I-have-work-tomorrow o’clock.
I love that it challenges the ‘a-hard-wang-is-everything’ myth of sexuality. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against wang and I’ve met plenty of hard wangs in romance that I’ve loved. But I’ve also always been a little uncomfortable with the notion (frequently found betwixt book covers) that all one needs for great sex is a boner that a dog couldn’t chew through and the stamina to vigorously apply it Mixmaster or Ditch-witch style to the heroine’s nether regions.
Anyone with a basic acquaintanceship with human sexuality knows that this is rot, and yet much of our culture (and Viagra sales) is built on the notion that a hard wang is both the ultimate symbol of masculinity and essential for fun times in the theme park known as Bonking World. There’s also an unstated (but almost universal) assumption that both parties must orgasm or they may as well as have spent their time knitting instead. (No disrespect to knitting intended.)
For those reasons alone it was very refreshing to meet a hero unable to get an erection or have an orgasm, and to meet a couple sensible and inventive enough to work on making their sex lives satisfying without those things. What delighted me was the way Paton’s writing translated those differences into sex scenes that will leave readers reaching for their asbestos underwear. A sample: