Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist by K.A. Merikan

Title : Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist      Word Count :90000

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : — Too cool for school. —

Ethan is a levelheaded, some might say ‘antisocial’, young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. He is close to graduating high school and at a crossroads. All he wants is to develop his business further, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough problems for Ethan, so any kind of love life is off his agenda. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.

Robert drifts along in high school. He has good grades, he’s getting ready for med school, he’s even leaving potentially problematic dating until college. He’s gay, not ashamed of it, but he doesn’t want to stir up any trouble. His carefully laid plans might just go completely off the rails though, when he drinks too much at a party and causes irreversible damage to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.

Robert has to face the fact that maybe he isn’t the good guy he always considered himself to be. And maybe he doesn’t want to go to med school. And maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t actually want to wait with dating until college.


Themes: First love, virginity, bullying, fitting in, entrepreneurship, disability, high school, jock/goth, taxidermy, artist, blackmail

Erotic content: explicit sex scenes, dub-con

Genre: New Adult homoerotic romance

Length: ~ 90,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)

My Review : There is proverb that says “What is a joke to you means death for another man” and this is so true. Robert learnt the meaning of this the hard way. He decides to have a little ‘harmless fun’ while drunk at a party, by chasing Ethan the anti social goth who is an outsider at school. This ‘harmless fun’ has a detrimental consequence when Rob shoves poor little Ethan and he happens to fall on a tree branch. The tree branch lodges in Ethan’s eye. By the time Rob gets Ethan to the hospital, there was not much to be done to save his eye. Rob feels horrible for his part in this mishap and stays by Ethan’s bedside until he wakes up. He feels really guilty and decides to be a better person from here on out. He tries to befriend Ethan and tells him he will do anything to right the wrong he has done, begging Ethan not to expose his misdeed.

Ethan has always had a bit of a crush on the star quarterback of the school Robert Hunter. He sees this as an opportunity  to have his cake and eat it. Ethan comes up with an arrangement for Robert to give him blowjobs for an extended period. He is a virgin and he can’t think of anything better than having the star quarterback on his knees. Their first time together is all that Ethan ever wanted and then some. He’s all blissed out after having the best sexual experience of his teenage life. Rob on the other hand, is a little bit disgusted, not because he gave Ethan a blowjob, but because he is gay as well and this is not how he imagined his first time would be. 

Things are still the same at school for Ethan, he is still shunned and and he is still seen as an  outcast. Not only is he ostracized for being a taxidermist, now everybody looks at him as even weirder for having lost his eye in such a freak accident.  Ethan earns no sympathy for his disability and no condolences for the state of his new reality with him being half blind. Ethan’s disability causes his center of gravity to be slightly off and he sometimes have lapses in his memory for short periods of time. Robert’s heart goes out to Ethan when he sees him stumbling around school, knowing that it’s because of him that Ethan is at a disadvantage. Rob starts talking with Ethan more and including him at his lunch table, he tries to be all around more friendly to him.

Their illicit arrangement continues and their second time together is much better.Ethan realizes that he would much rather do all the work than to blackmail Rob into doing something he finds disgusting. After all, its easier to receive a blowjob than to give one, especially when the giver is straight or is he😏? Rob warms up to Ethan and he even likes his quirkiness. He starts taking an interest in Ethan’s taxidermy.  Ethan is really good at creating jewellery and unique center pieces out of animal carcasses mainly rodents. Ethan has the eye of an artist and even though it is unorthodox for a teenager,  he has a good online business stuffing squirrels. Rob is the only one that believes in  his dream and doesn’t find his stuff wierd. His parents absolutely hate his taxidermy business and there is always the threat hanging over his head of his parents forcing him to go to law school, something he has no passion for. 

Although Rob and Ethan get a whole lot closer, Rob still will not identify as gay and his friends still doesn’t understand why he hangs around the anti social taxidermist. Rob is still playing straight, so when prom  night comes around, he takes one of the popular girls,  while Ethan goes with a male cheerleader who is very interested. Rob and Ethan are both jealous of their respective dates and they try to stay away from each other. When some of the jocks who really hate Ethan play a mean prank  causing Ethan to be showered from head to toe with glitter, Ethan is mortified and runs off.

Rob seeing the utter humiliation on Ethan’s face chases after him to see if he is okay.  This brings  out a new demension in their relationship.They both can’t deny the feelings that they have for each other anymore. Rob takes Ethan home and finally make sweet, passionate love to him all night long. Rob really opens up and decide to show Ethan  a part of himself that nobody else sees.  Ethan gets a five star breakfast in bed and soon discovers that Rob the jock is a secret foodie. He realizes how passionate Rob is about food and he is amazed at how professional his blog looks.Ethan  falls in love a little more with Rob’s sweet side. Rob finally comes out to Ethan who he now considers to be his boyfriend and he opens up about his feelings. 

Ethan’s world is turned upside down when he has a disagreement with his parents over his taxidermy business. Ethan calls Rob crying and upset and Rob feels so helpless. Rob who is overwhelmed with feelings of love for his boyfriend  decides that Ethan can live with him since his parents are not supportive of his dream. They both enjoy this adult , responsible side to their relationship.  This connection fosters unconditional love between the two despite everday disagreements every now then. They both disregard their prearranged educational future,  while deciding to pursue their love for each other and their respective passion in taxidermy and cooking. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

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