M/M Challenge Review: Fun With Dick and Shane by Gillibran Brown

Ever wondered what it must be like to be part of a ménage à trois, a gay ménage à trois? Then wonder no more, because that’s just what my book is all about. It contains snippets, snatches and stories about everyday life with my Daddies, Dick and Shane. I love them both dearly, despite their overbearing ways, or perhaps even because of them. The book takes its starting point and content from the personal web diary I began to write in September 2006, when boredom lay heavy upon me and I was alone on account of my boyfriends being away together on holiday. If you think this houseboy’s life might interest you, then welcome, step over the threshold, but wipe your feet first, as I’ve just polished the parquet. 

Fun with Dick and Shane is exactly what it says - a diary type telling of Gillibran Brown's life with Dik and Shane.  He started with them as a housekeeper/houseboy but the relationship, somewhere along the way, turned into a threesome.  Dick is a sub to Shane and Gillibran is sub to both of them, with Shane being the end all be all last word in the house.  

When I first started the book I considered not reading further after the first few pages.  It is the time that Dick and Shane, who have been together for 10 years are taking a holiday without Gil so that they can reconnect with each other.  It's not that they don't love Gilli but they were together for a long damed time before Gil fell on the scene and it's just something that they need to do.  Gilli, to say the least, is not thrilled with this.  He feels unloved and unwanted (which is a theme in the book) - which is so not true but he's got the devil on his shoulder telling him it is.  He acts the major brat and frankly I was a bit disgusted with him.  I guess my thinking was if he was that put out by their holiday - among the many other things he was put out about - he should just leave!  Well he didn't and that was just one incident in the life of this houseboy.  I decided to read on and see if it got better and it did.  While Gilli acts the brat on so many levels during the course of the book it was still a good read.

The book really covers a multitude of issue in Gillibran's life - including the death of a neighbor, health issues, parental issues, the relationship between, Gilli, Shane and Dick and of course  a truckload of discipline for Gilli's smart mouth.   There were times when I just wanted to kick Gillibran in the shin...multiple times, or gag him because his mouth kept getting him in to trouble, but overall I really liked reading the journal entries.  I found it pretty darned entertaining and laughed out loud a couple of times and couldn't stop. (I bookmarked a couple of these funny incidences on my ereader as I was reading yesterday but this morning they're not there. No, it couldn't possibly be operator error so be quiet.)

I can't begin to understand the dynamic between a Dom and his sub, or in this case subs, but despite the discipline (spankings...and not sexual ones) that Gilli received I really liked Shane and Dick.  Yes, Shane was gruff and a big bear, not touchy feely at all, but you could tell he cared for Gilli deeply in his own protective way.  Dick was a doll.  I just loved that man.  He loved Gilli and Shane and wasn't afraid to show it in a multitude of ways.  He had a great sense of humor and that coupled with his care and concern *sigh*  I just loved reading about him.  If he wasn't gay and I wasn't married...lol  

Anyway, I ended up being quite entertained.  Once I got past the initial dose of Gillibran and his whining I learned to take the rest of him with a grain of salt.  Under the childish attitude he had a good heart and cared for his men.  I have to say that I'm definitely thinking of reading the next installment.  Maybe hoping that the 24 year old Gilli has grown up some? lol IDK

Rating: 4 out of 5 

13 comments:

Lily said...

I've had this one on my Reader for a while now. Really must move it up the line. Fab review!

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

I have not read this one... but the title looks fun! Great review!

Hope all is well honey! Hugs to you! Hope you are having a great weekend!

Tracy said...

Lily - As I stated - Gillibran can be so annoying you want to kick him but it's an entertaining read. :) Enjoy and thanks!

Cecile - Thanks hon! Hope you're having a nice long weekend as well. :)

Chris said...

It's on my ereader, too. As are so, so, so many other books...

Tam said...

I agree with your review Tracy. At first he seems just an annoying little twit and then you realize there is more going on below the surface than a spinny spoiled little twink and the fact that he was hilariously funny made you forgive some of his other flaws. When he stepped on the snail, that was funny.

Jenre said...

I've not seen this book before. It sounds like a m/m/m version of some of the Fabian Black stories I've enjoyed reading.

Thanks for the review, I'll definitely check this out - especially as I've been warned to stick with it :).

Jenre said...

Ooh, and I've just remembered that I have a 25% discount code for Lulu! Good timing :).

Tracy said...

Chris - Hey, it happens to the best of us. :)

Tam - Well, I have to admit that I never did forgive him for being a whiney brat but did like him a whole lot better for his sense of humor. :)

Jenre - I hadn't heard about it either until Tam lured me in with a little blurb from her site a while back.
Definitely stick with it. It's diary entries but some are incredibly funny.
Oh you go! Coupons are the best!

Tam said...

There is much less sex than a Fabian Black story Jen, but much funnier (well, similar to that short she wrote I guess). But you don't miss the hot sex (there is some) but that's not the emphasis of the book and it's not described like a typical romance book since it's a journal (supposedly real).

~ames~ said...

This one sounds interesting!

Tracy said...

Yeah Jen, what Tam said. lol

Ames - it was.lol Very different from the normal romances I read.

orannia said...

Hmmm, different from what I usually read, but...it sounds interesting. Great review Tracy - thank you!

Tracy said...

Orannia - It is interesting. Getting a look at a dom/sub relationship from the inside, I guess. As Tam said, very few sex scenes and no dom/sub torture devices. lol