After a week or so of suspense, I checked the MLR web site and saw that "Body Art" had won the Partners in Crime contest. Then I checked my e-mail, and saw the message about it. This was at two in the morning, and then after that I was too excited to sleep. When Jordan originally wrote to say that someone had suggested she enter the contest, my reply was something along the lines of: "Do it! Do it! Do it!" I am glad for the readers who will get to meet Ray and Anton -- they're such appealing characters.
So my brother J. is visiting from Baltimore, and I was telling him about my latest adventures in proofreading. "I think you'd like the PsyCop books," I said. "I mean, aside from the sex scenes." Much colorful discussion ensued. J. ended up borrowing the books. I am very curious to see what his take on them will be.
He has read a lot more horror novels than I have, that's for sure. He admits to reading some contemporary m/f romance. In many ways, he is very secure about himself, as you might imagine. I can understand how the romance would appeal, because, rather unusually for a man, he enjoys discussion of feelings and emotions.
Edited to add: As we knew, the books weren't a genre he would normally ever read. Still, he had a few observations. He also said that all his female friends wanted to borrow the books. The ones I've met do seem like the kind of young women who would appreciate m/m books.