Klehr, Kevin. “From Top to Bottom”, Nine Star Press, 2017.
Becoming a Bottom
Tony sees himself as a “dedicated” top yet he wants to find out what being a bottom is all about. From that thought alone you know that if you live with your parents, this is not a book that you want to casually leave around the house where someone might see it. Of course there is nothing wrong in wanting to bottom (like if someone wants a glass plug thrusted in their butt, that’s perfectly fine too!) but I do not think your Aunt Jane would be too interested in reading about it. Tony is worried that in trying out to bottom, another top would just get to without considering that he is novice and needs to take things nice and easy, at least, for the first time.
Tony is not alone in his thoughts. Butch is a bear who is willing to try anything and Ford, another guy is curious and is so willing to learn about bottoming that he is tempted to cheat on his boyfriend to do so. What all three guys learn that there is more to being a bottom than just anal penetration. If you have already assumed that there is going to be a lot of sex in this book, you are correct. However, this is more that just a book about anal sex.
While there is a lot of graphic sex here, its depiction does not come across as porn but rather a look at the “bottom” subculture. I can remember, and it is not that long ago, when men who bottom did not openly say so. There were those who felt (and even those who loved to bottom) that anal aspects of gay sex carried a denotation of those who are not as masculine as others. That has now fallen away and bottoming has nothing to do with masculinity but everything to do with pleasure. The “bottom” closet is no more. We do have to understand, however, that bottoming has nothing to do with BDSM (although that does not exclude it).
Author Kevin Klehr takes a humorous look at the activity and there is also heartbreak here. I have read other books by Klehr and find the same charm that I saw in his other books is present here as well. This is a light read but it is also far from fluff. Rather, it is a look into the idea of dropping labels and accepting ourselves for who we are. The plot is minimal and it is the characters that propel the action (of which there is plenty). There is no romance here but there was never an intention anyway (or so I am able to surmise). We meet guys who are anxious to look at sex by understanding what gives them pleasure. They form a support group to try things out and as they do they form friendships and learn about who they are. We need more books like this—-books that have something to say that are fun to read.