The Brat-Tastic Jayk Parker by J.A. Rock

17998220Title: The Brat-Tastic Jayk Parker

Series: Sequel to Wacky Wednesday

Author: J.A. Rock

Genre: Contemporary (With paranormal elements)

Length: Novel

Publisher: Loose Id

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2~2.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: A year after the body swap that let D/s couple Jayk and Amon experience each other’s lives for a day, the pair is ready to be married in a small, stress-free ceremony. Things are going smoothly until they meet Jennifer and Ron Gaines-Brake—a quarrelsome couple with a laundry list of troubles whose wedding is at the same venue. When Jayk and Amon are drawn into the other couple’s drama, their own doubts and fears about marriage start to surface. And when they accidentally switch bodies with Jennifer and Ron the day before the wedding, their simple, and stressfree celebration starts looking more and more like a nightmare.

As the couples attempt to deal with each other’s families, secrets, and last minute wedding preparations, things spiral out of control. Add to the mix a missing cat, a vigilant police officer, an intimidating dildo, and a cake like no other, and it’s anybody’s guess whether the weekend will end in bells or bedlam.

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Review: While it started really good and somewhat funny, this book eventually didn’t sit well with me. I don’t know, perhaps I should have taken this with a grain of salt, as they say, but I simply couldn’t accept many elements of the story and in the end I finished this read disappointed.

So here we meet again Jayk and Amon as they get ready to tie the knot. Everything is going fine and both grooms are feeling great about their ceremony. If with a bit of anxiety and lots of excitement, when things start slowly taking the down path.

First they lose the cat, which leads Jayk into a brat-mode fit and Amon reining his temper and staying in control. At this part, I have to say, I started disliking Jayk. I don’t like brats; I may go as far as claim to detest them. This character’s behavior was unbelievable, very twelve-year-old and utterly unappealing. So that was the first part that had me stand back and look at this book with a wary eye.

Moving on, the pair reaches their destination – in a foul mood of course – and soon they learn that next day after their ceremony another couple is getting married. However, that couple is having trouble accepting that they can’t have a decent rehearsal dinner because of our guys’ marriage the previous day. This results in an instant dislike between the couples. That is only heightened when Jayk eavesdrops Jennifer (the bride) talking on the phone and gossiping about the “gays” getting married with her friend.

Now here is the crux of my issues. As latter events show Amon and Jayk body swap with Jennifer and Ron after a certain incident. The swap is known to last only twenty-four hours. In those hours our guys get to experience how it is to be fat and have a small penis – in Amon’s case – and how it is to be a woman, having the girly bits and being pregnant – in Jayk’s case. In addition to all their issues and problems and anxiety and fears.

But still, my question was why? What was the purpose of all that in the grand scheme of events? Because in the end, I was stuck with a book that was one massive study on bickering, whining, drama, inner philosophic ranting about the meaning of marriage and commitment and a case of our vaginas are better than your penises. Oh dear, I certainly didn’t expect that one coming. But the idea behind body swapping a gay couple with a hetero couple, I simply didn’t like it.

Of course there was the D/s relationship that had me cringing a bit there. I’ll be honest and admit that, while I’m all for kinks and fetishes, I have very little understanding for D/s relationships. I don’t get it. I love observing or reading for them as long as it feels logical to me. The scene where the Dom loses his control and temper with his sub and goes on punishing him because he got scared (the Dom) was horrifying and most horrifying was the fact that the text indicated the sub understanding from that act how much his Dom loves him.

I’ll use an example for that scene. Imagine for a moment a mother and her child walking on the park. The child drops his toy and he runs after it not realizing he’s crossing the street. He nearly gets run over by a car. The mom stunned, freezes and tries to understand she almost lost her only child. So she beats the kid because he scared her and she couldn’t imagine her life with him gone. The kid understands his mommy loves him… Right? Yeah, I suppose Jayk is no kid here although I can’t really make his age. One moment he acts like a damn twelve-year-old the next like forty and then twenty-four. Meh. his change of personality caused me a mental whiplash.

Anyway, maybe my sense of humor wasn’t up for this one because I simply didn’t like the plot, the story or the characters at all and some funny moments didn’t make up for the rest.