I'd read some of the negative reviews, so I wasn't expecting much when I started this one. I HAD to read it, though, simply because of the title and the Renaissance-fair setting.
I did end up enjoying it more than I thought I might. Yes, the same things that bothered the other reviewers still bothered me (if Simon had maybe just been flirting with the fried-twinky guy, I would have been much more comfortable with everything. Simon's comment at the end where he tells Jay "it should have been you I was with, not some random twink," I think was meant to make us feel better about Simon and his actions, but it just ended up frustrating me and making me like him less.
) And the comparing of Simon's noises during sex to the horse was disturbing.
But, perhaps since I'd gone into the story anticipating those things, I was able to see past them and find some parts to the story that thoroughly entertained me. I loved the scene where Jay gets heckled for stealing lines from Shakespeare and turns it back on the heckler by berating him for not liking The Bard.
I'm still a little confused about one thing, though. At the beginning, Jay is on Goliath, and it sounds like Jay and Simon are supposed to be doing a jousting show, like that there's an audience and everything. So I thought Jay went to get Simon so they could do the show, and then all of a sudden they're fighting in the middle of the fair and rolling in the mud, and then they're going back to their trailer. Did I imagine the audience at the beginning? I can't be bothered to go back and check...
Anyway, so overall, I thought this was fun. I loved the behind-the-scenes feel that some of the scenes had, and the bits we got to see of the fair were fun. Simon and Jay were indeed hot together, but I was still a little put off by Simon and twinky-boy to really appreciate it.
2.5 stars, rounded up for being free.