Traci and Tina by Just Plain Bob

Author's Description:
He broke them apart.
Size: 19 KB ( ~ 3,603 words)
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Reluctant, Heterosexual, Cheating

Review by orangeade   [other reviews by orangeade]

Reviewed: 2010-03-17

Really, is there any point in reviewing a Just Plain Bob story? I mean, just reviewing one of them?

With the posting of this tale, the King of the Cheating Stories now has 577 of them up on storiesonline, and the vast majority of them deal with cheating wives and girlfriends. How does he do it? How can he churn out one after another that are almost stylistically identical and written in the same voice, yet are all fairly different takes on the same subject?

And yet he does, and although I don't have a particular interest in cheating stories, I find that when I see a new story of his posted, about half the time I'm interested enough to read it. They tend to be simple and straight forward. They're easy to get into. He can knock off a backstory to a relationship in a single paragraph, and have no more psychological reason for a wife's cheating than, "Well, she's just a round-heeled slut at heart."

But they are generally entertaining. They're generally short and can be read in a short sitting. They're usually not about the "why" as much as the "what." And he caters to a wide variety of tastes, from the wimp husband who takes it, to those who opt for deadly revenge, and every stripe in between. You might be repulsed by the action in one of JPB's stories, and thoroughly turned on by another.

Basically, Bob is just a good, no-frills storyteller. I don't think he's the kind of guy that gives a damn about the scores his readers gives him, and this all may be, at least in part, therapy (read the Author's Note on "The Dark Trilogy," as well as the apparently autobiographical "The Helen Chronicles"). Bottom line: if you're someone who's automatically dismissed his stories because they aren't generally your cup of tea, you might peruse his body of work and be surprised to find that a few of them grab you. Heaven knows there are enough of them there from which to choose . . .

As for "Traci and Tina," it's a story of slow-building revenge and a guy in a "damned if I do, damned if I don't" situation. The sex is raunchy, but not really of the stroke variety. There are no great revelations, simply the question of what, in the end, will the protagonist do about his situation. You may like his choice, you may not; I doubt that Bob would care, one way or the other. But you'll probably be entertained.

Plot: 8 | Technical Quality: 7 | Appeal to Reviewer: 7