This follow-up to "Side by Side" feels much more of a Gay Sex in the city. (some might say sex in the city is a gay sex in the city!) Though, of course, this is way more graphic and so perhaps could be called the Gay-porno Sex in the city! In this follow-up book, the four friends from the first are now off on exotic journeys. It is great to see the characters again and to find out what they are doing now. And, because of the 1st book, we really do want to know how they are doing.
But, as is the case with "sequels" it is tricky to come up with a story as engaging as the first one. This story, for me, has a slightly "travelogue" feel to it. Some may really like this and may feel it adds new settings and locales which it does but I really enjoy the exploration of the dynamic between the four friends. For me this is the most interesting aspect. Don't get me wrong-what is good here is very good. There is good character development and the story picks up from where the first ended and expands on it with nice little twists and turns that keeps it interesting. Plus the artwork is once again stunning. I do hope there is a third book which develops the characters and relationships even further and is less about exotic locales. The first book was a coming of age, exploring sexuality and independence which is readily identifiable. This follow-up features situations that are not so identifiable unless one has money or has connections to it. However, I would certainly recommend it as the very good points outweigh the not-so good. And the chance to re-visit the characters again is not to be missed.
Like its predecessor, this book works a treat because its central characters are sweet, apparently innocent and, in reality, hot and sexy in the extreme. The storyline provides inplausible (but who cares) pretexts for lots of gay sex. The guys themselves are delectable and the artwork outstanding. Representationally, it is spot on. Even the older guys look realistic, apart from the odd missing wrinkle, which is a comfort for some of us.