50 Books: Monogamy Sucks by George Pappas

George Pappas’ Monogamy Sucks is a sad and hilarious romp through the swinging scene. The protagonist, Jake, decides he wants casual, non-relationship sex. He sets off to find it through ads, swinging parties, the Internet, and other means. He is desperate to avoid monogamy—and the boring sex that comes with it–at all costs!

I’ve seen this described as erotica. To me, erotica is sensual and pleasant. Monogamy Sucks is sex-filled, but the sex doesn’t seem to be enjoyed by poor Jake. He comes across as desperate and cruel much of the time. He doesn’t seem to have much “good sex,” instead going from one awkward and nasty sexual encounter to another.

Fortunately, Jake is still lovable. I spent most of the novel wanting to pat him on the back and tell him everything would be alright! He doesn’t take well to the swinging scene, which makes him likeable. I think I would have found the book much less enjoyable if he dove right into the swinging lifestyle with a successful whoop. I like that he struggles and flounders.

This book is made up of some raunchy sex scenes. So don’t read it if that sort of thing bothers or offends you. But if you’re curious, you won’t be disappointed.

Also, Pappas is available to follow on twitter and he has a blog. But now I’m wondering exactly how he researched the role…hmmm….

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  2. Good review, and I agree that the swinging scene is not always just fun and games, as many might think. There is certainly an element of sadness that comes with it, and Mr. Pappas portrays that well with Jake, in his sometimes tormented personality peppered with what you called cruelty.

    I loved the book and the raunchy scenes, and felt the rawness of them were essential to understanding the life of swinging from a man’s perspective.

    As for how Mr. Pappas did his research…hmm, I’m sure it was done with meticulous care, as that is reflected in the thoughtful details he writes in his story.

  3. Thanks Eden for your thoughtful response.
    I wanted my book to be an honest look at the swinging lifestyle with all the warts left in.
    Most people have this image of swinging out of porn movies and hot sexual fantasies.
    It is that, but like like life things are never quite as they seem. For every hot encounter, there are disappointing ones. I felt by getting into the aspects of my characters sexual doubts and insecurities I was delving into an area rarely explored in erotica or in fiction. Men are just expected to perform and not have any thougths or feelings about the experience. This couldn’t be further from the truth. But I am so honest about the wonderful part of swinging too. Many of the swingers I met were incredibly brave and open people who I admire.
    Thanks again for taking the time read and comment on Susie’s excellent review.

    George Pappas
    author of novel Monogamy Sucks

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