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Right Side of the Wrong Bed

by Frederick Smith

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Kenny Kane, thirty three years, black American and gay, fit and good looking, fine home and a cherished BMW, with a masters degree under his belt and with a good career as a university counsellor, is six months on from the end of a seven year relationship with a handsome but it turned out two-timing firefighter, and now he's looking for someone new.

Onto the scene comes beautiful Jeremy Lopez, a Latino part Mexican part Dominican, twenty one year old student with a dubious background, tall, handsome and sporting abundant bling, hip, street wise and very appealing. Not Kenny's normal type, he prefers to stick to his own kind, black, but Jeremy is insistent, and before long Jeremy has worked himself into Kenny's bed, and his heart.

Kenny knows the relationship is unrealistic, his best friend Carlos warns him, his mother lectures him, his ex-student now police officer checks Jeremy out - and Jeremy's erratic and unfaithful behaviour is clear - but Jeremy declares his love, he'll do his best, he'll change; and Kenny loves him.

Kenny narrates his own account from their first meeting, Jeremy's persistence, the aggressive yet tender bedroom scenes, the seemingly never ending stream of trouble Jeremy causes him, the break-ups and make-ups. But can the educated and respected Kenny make a future with this wild boy from an East LA ghetto?

Right Side of the Wrong Bed is an engaging and appealing story, generally well written if a little reportage in style. Both Kenny and especially the larger than life mixed-up Jeremy are delightful well drawn characters, as are the several supporting characters. This is a touching story, with touches of humour and perceptive in its handling of heart over reason; it tends to avoid irritating clichés, and builds captivatingly to its moving conclusion. ( )
  Bembo | Aug 6, 2011 |
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Breaking all the rules . . . At thirty-three, Kenny Kane seems to have it all: good looks, a great career as a university administrator, a silver BMW, a sprawling home in the tony hills of Monterey Park, and a hot firefighter for a boyfriend-that is until he cheats on Kenny with a woman! After devoting the past seven years of his life to his ex, the last thing Kenny needs is to get involved with someone new. So when he meets Jeremy Lopez at a West Hollywood bar, Kenny is content to just buy him a drink and leave it at that. Is the only way to go . . . But Jeremy won't take "no" for an answer. Six feet tall, dressed in baggy, low-rise jeans and sporting plenty of bling, Jeremy is "straight-up East L. A" He's also a mere twenty-one-years-old-and Latino. Except for the one white boy back in college, Kenny's always dated other African-American men. When it comes to getting what you want . . . But he can't deny the chemistry between them. And before he knows it, Kenny's having the time of his life-hanging with Jeremy and his boys . . . clubbing and hitting the frat parties . . . feeling like a kid again. But how long can a thirty-something like Kenny keep it up? And is he really gonna find what he's been looking for with a kid like Jeremy-or will Kenny wake up feeling like he's on the right side of the wrong bed? "Reads like real life . . . this smart and touching novel just won't entertain you. It'll make you think and perhaps even remember" -Black Artemis, author of Burn "Funny, touching, and intoxicating. Smith has written yet another compulsive read" -Maurice Jamal, writer and director of Dirty Laundry and The Ski Trip Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Frederick Smith is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and Loyola University Chicago. He lives in Los Angeles and is also the author of Down For Whatever.

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