Review: Quid Pro Quo (The Administration, #2) by Manna Francis

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: October 12 to 13, 2013
Read count: 1

I changed my mind and decided to read on, which proved to be a sound decision after all because the conspiracy theory angle at the end of Mind Fuck takes a sharp turn from just merely conspiracy theory to conspiracy plus corporate sabotage and simmering political unrest. The new story arc has a much broader scope which introduces the possibility of a revolution that The Administration will have to face later on in the series, and I have a feeling Toreth and Warrick will be on opposite sides of this war. And these events on the horizon will no doubt lead to more interesting development.

Unlike the first book, this one is a collection of short stories that feature many different characters’ perspectives, with most featuring Toreth’s and Warrick’s. One of my favorites is “Family” which should be called “In Which Warrick Takes Toreth Home to Meet the Folks.” It’s funny to see Toreth out of his element, but funnier to see the family’s reaction to him. Warrick and his side of the family are strangely well-adjusted, decent people, which Toreth (and I) did not expect. But both he and I were right to suspect that there’s a lot more to these seemingly nice corporate people than meets the eye. Toreth is in for a ride, to be sure, but that’s not to say he’s not responsible for some turbulence as well.

This book or rather short story collection is not what I was expecting at all. And again, I was wrong to expect more sex than story. It actually has more story–plot, character, and conspiracy development–and overall good writing at that. These short stories branch out from Mind Fuck by introducing a new angle while dropping some clues that will, no doubt, play into the larger story arc later on. All very interesting and they keep you invested in the characters and their lives.

Toreth, though, is still up to his old habits, still having fun and sleeping his way around the city, but he’s beginning to feel an attachment to Warrick and that unsettles him. Warrick, on the other hand, kind of knew things to heading down this road, so it doesn’t bother him and he seems to be okay with letting Toreth work out his angst and anxiety on his own. They’re still having a lot of kinky fun together. So, in that, the writing has some lighthearted moments, but they’re overshadowed by a conspiracy plot looming large in the background.

The breakdown

Unlucky Break (The Administration, #2.1)
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Date read: October 12, 2013
Read count: 1

Friday (The Administration, #2.2)
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Date read: October 12, 2013
Read count: 1

Pancakes (The Administration, #2.3)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: October 13, 2013
Read count: 1

Surprises (The Administration, #2.4)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: October 13, 2013
Read count: 1

Family (The Administration, #2.5)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: October 13, 2013
Read count: 1

Mirror Mirror (The Administration, #2.6)
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Date read: October 14, 2013
Read count: 1

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