Review: Bender by Gene Gant



At nineteen, college freshman Mace Danner works as an escort, hiring himself out to customers who want a submissive they can dominate. Having no carnal urges himself, the sexual side of his job leaves him cold, but he sees the pain inflicted on him by his clients as punishment for causing his brother’s death when he was in high school. Pain is not enough, however, to wash away his guilt, and Mace starts binge drinking in an effort to escape his remorse.

The dorm’s resident advisor, Dex Hammel, sees Mace spiraling out of control and strives to help him. Despite the mutual attraction between them, Mace is disturbed that he still feels no sexual desire for anyone. Even with Dex’s support, Mace’s self-destructive behavior escalates, leading to a situation that endangers his life.

A New Adult title appropriate for ages 16+

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson



Mace works as an escort to pay college. He puts himself into risky situations trying to punish himself for the death of his brother. His conduct got into the attention of the dorm’s resident advisor Dex, who start getting closer to him and tries to stop the path of self-destruction Mace has chosen.

I think the summary of this book gave too much away. There are things said that I would rather knew as I read the book. It was a very good, I really enjoyed reading it.

The pace was a little slow, but appropriate for the story. I think the last pages were a little too rushed compare to the rest of it. I wished it would be a bit longer and took more time on Mace’s healing process. The main characters are likable, and it had some really nice secondary characters too.

Mace was my favorite character. The story focus mostly on him, and because of that, he is the most developed character. It’s really nice to see inside his mind and feel what he felt. It was a very well done transmission of emotions. It’s the first time I read a story of an asexual character, I can’t tell how accurate is, but I find that particular characteristic so interesting. What I think it’s nice about that, it’s that the book didn’t see Mace’s asexuality as something that defined who he was, sure he is asexual, but there it’s so much more of this character than that. His abilities, or in his case the lack of abilities, for coping with his own demons took a really important part of the book.

The other characters are nice too, but none of them, as good as Mace was. Sometimes they looked a little too perfect to my taste, but I guess they are fine.

Overall it was a very good book, different to what I’ve read on terms of the main character’s sexuality, but a good different. There’s some violent scenes, but they are short and not too graphic and there’s also mention of abuse. I liked it very much, I think anyone would be able to enjoy it.

*Book provided by NetGalley.

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