Thirtysomething Tony Romero is a certified Casanova with a routine that never fails: Flirt and woo. Divide and conquer. Dump him and move on to the next kill. Is he self-involved? Sure, who isn’t? Unscrupulous? Guilty. Dishonest, calculating, a walking human trap of vice and malcontent? Hmmm, could you define dishonest…?
Tony doesn’t mean to fall in and out of love so easily; it’s just a habit. Like gambling. Or online porn. Of course, loving so many men also has its unfortunate side effects, namely ex-boyfriends. Heartbroken, confused, bitter ex-boyfriends referred to only by number. Like Boyfriend #6, the DJ whose daily radio show at 10:37am—the time Tony left him—is a barrage of not-so-flattering songs designed to tell the world what a cad Tony is. And boyfriend #7, the Bike Messenger, who taunts him in traffic with New Age epithets about karma. And Boyfriend #8 who…well, that’s a long story.
When Tony isn’t collecting his belongings from the front lawn of a shrieking, cursing ex, he’s using his art school degree as a “faux” painter, painting knock-off impressionist murals on the walls of rich socialites in order to get by. Or he’s distracting his loopy mom and Spanish-speaking lunatic grandmother with backyard piñatas and dodging calls from the philandering dad who walked out twenty years ago. And sometimes, he indulges himself in his only repeat boyfriend, Peter, a beautiful Dane who can’t seem to stop loving Tony even as Tony can’t seem to stop hurting him. That’s the way it goes. But not anymore.
Suddenly, Tony’s luck is changing. The Casanova’s charms are wearing off and Tony’s mad whirl of a life is slowing down just long enough for the pain to catch up. As the collateral damage mounts, Tony thinks he just may have found The One—if he can keep him from leaving forever. Now, with the clock ticking and the playbook out the window, Tony’s putting everything he has on a last chance at happiness. And this time, he’s going to have to go after it as if his heart, soul, and life depend upon it.
Original title: Confessions Of a Cassanova
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male