Review: Hipster Brothel, K.A. Merikan

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The lumberjack of his dreams is now available for rent.

Mr. B has always been a safe guy for Jo to crush on. He’s the cutest bearded lumber-god to salivate over. Add to that his friendly, outgoing personality, and Mr. B might just be the first guy Jo would be willing to kiss. Fortunately, Mr. B has been in a relationship for years, and Jo is no home-wrecker.

But when Mr. B breaks up with his partner and all of a sudden is single, available, and talks about his plans to be sexually adventurous, Jo isn’t so sure anymore if he has the guts to come out as bisexual.

After a sour breakup, Mr. B wants to show his ex that he’s independent, exciting, and can do very well without him. His best friend Jo is there to the rescue, and they come up with a great new business venture. One thing they lack to start their own line of artisanal boozy jams – money for the investment.

After a drunken brainstorming session, Mr. B finds a way to both gather the cash and show the middle finger to his ex. He will create a one of a kind Hipster Brothel – The Lumbersexual Experience – offering wood chopping lessons, pipe smoking, and a reclaimed wood bed where the magic happens. It’s bound to be a success… if only Mr. B can go through with it, because the mixed signals from Jo are making him wonder if his best friend is as straight as he always seemed.

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HOLY BEJESUS I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK.

It was like the best crack fic. The line between ridiculous and ironic were deliciously blurred. One of the main characters is legit called Mr. B. MISTER BEE. And the best part is that you’ll roll your eyes at first but after a while you’ll be happy to use the moniker. Because he’s so lovely! The authors have added this endearing quality to what could otherwise be obnoxiously pretentious. It’s beautiful.

Plus, Mr. B is the BEST. I want a Mr. B of my own (though I’d need mine to be attracted to women for obvious reasons). He’s sweet, and sincere, and lovely. He’s also big and burly and bearded, which is basically everyone’s current aesthetic, no? I’m into it for sure.

So is Jo, though he tries to hide it. Sweet Jo. He’s not very kind to Mr. B, but you’ll forgive him in the end.

This is one of those books that I would KILL to see as a romantic comedy film. It’s perfectly paced and the exact right mixture of humor and angst. I grinned the whole way through, because even when things weren’t going right, you knew you were en route to a happy ending.

Liz Keysmash
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Liz has a ginger kitty named Thackery Binx who chirps like a bird and plays fetch like a dog. She reads a lot of slash, and writes a bit as well. She thinks she’s a good cook, she brews beer, she's a total nerd about baseball, she reads YA fiction, she has recently rediscovered her love of pop music, she swears like a sailor.
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