Review: Riot Boy

Riot Boy
Riot Boy by Katey Hawthorne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Riot Boy and I’m glad I took the chance on it. It’s a fun, super sexy erotic ride with well done punk and a dash of supernatural to top it all off. The story is mostly erotica, made up of numerous back-to-back sex scenes with a few breaks in between. Most of the plot takes place off page and the relationship develops exclusively through sex. Although this may require some suspension of disbelief I really enjoyed the writing and the sex is incredibly hot so I went along for the ride. The plot isn’t very well fleshed out nor is the supernatural element but it’s still a fun, hot read that I’d recommend for those looking for something easy and entertaining.

The plot revolves around staid bookseller Etienne falling for punk rocker Brady. The two men meet at a club and the attraction is instantaneous and fierce. Although Brady is a man of mystery and reveals nothing about himself Et is intrigued despite himself. He can’t stop thinking about Brady and their chemistry is off the charts. While the sex is amazing, Et slowly comes to see Brady’s many layers and tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Brady and his family.

First of all the plot it pretty weak because most of it happens off page. Brady supposedly has a lengthy background with his family, involving thievery but most of this information is recited to the reader late in the book and all resolutions happen off page. So really this is all a weak justification for Brady to remain mysterious and unattainable for the entirety of the book. In that vein it works but I wish the story had tried to flesh out these concepts into a fully developed and nuanced plot instead of a thinly veiled device to create tension.

The reason I don’t really mind is the story is fun to read anyway. The characters are pretty adorable opposites that attract like magnets. Their chemistry is obvious and smoking hot, as both men are incredibly sexy. Brady oozes sensuality and a fabulous punker attitude from the beginning with some really great references liberally sprinkled throughout. It’s easy to see why more conservative Et would actually fall for Brady and how they could have a real relationship based on more than just hot sex despite the fact they have nothing else in common.

It’s a little heavy on the sex for a novella, something like 5 or 6 scenes maybe more, especially considering there is almost no explanation and depth to the supernatural element. Here Brady can manipulate elements, especially cold, but other than a few dramatic scenes here and there, this is a non-issue and also unimportant. It adds to Brady’s bad boy appeal but really has very little other relevance. Again I wish the story had developed a real plot and background around the two and their hot sex, which is why I didn’t rate this story higher despite the fact it’s a lot of fun to read.

In the end I’d recommend this for romance fans that are looking for an opposites attract story – bad boy and conservative bookish reader – that mostly consists of hot sex and a few additional details. It’s definitely an easy and entertaining way to pass the time and I’ll be looking up this author’s backlist.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Riot Boy

  1. Hey Kassa, thanks for giving it a shot and for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. Of course one never wants to disappoint, but I’m glad it entertained for what it is, at the end of the day. That’s what I’m here for. 😉

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