Book Review: Romance for Men: Pandora’s Box by Jack Icefloe Jackson

DISCLAIMER #1: I received a free copy of this book from the book’s publicist in exchange for an honest review.  (well, they might not have said anything about honest reviews, but that’s what they’re getting anyway)

DISCLAIMER #2: This might not be a book for the more moral-focused on my readers…


914O6Gzvm6L._SL1500_As a man who has spent a fair amount of time recently reading romance novels of the traditional variety (ie for women), I have to admit that I was rather excited when a romance novel for men was brought to my attention.  Sure, I was taken aback by the fact that this book is literally covered (at least the back cover anyways) with accolades from celebrities and well-known creatives with a much larger circle of influence than my own (they have spheres of influence, mine is still two dimensional).  It seemed odd to me that a book with such incredible credentials and an upcoming cartoon series from Archer creator Adam Reed would require little ol’ me to give my thoughts on it…

But, when a book is put in front of me, I’ll give my thoughts on it whether they want them or not.  In this case, they said they wanted them, at least before I wrote them.

Romance for Men: Pandora’s Box delivers fairly well on one incredibly specific joke, “What would a romance novel written for men look like?”  The answer is basically a sex-filled action-packed adventure filled with explosions starring a fat, uncharismatic, jerk-hole of a man.  In fact, the first thirty or so pages rely almost entirely on this joke, one that is amusing, for sure, but by the end of the thirty pages has run its course.  Luckily that’s almost precisely when Obama steps in and moves this story forward, directing Jack Icefloe Jackson on his sex-filled adventure to stop a vagina from turning supernova and destroying the planet…no one said this was Hemingway…

The result is something corny and goofy and easily visualized as a cartoon series.  The book itself is short, lending to something that is great for a quick fun read that anyone could get into without much trouble.

In fact, the only thing I could really say bad about it is that it relies too much on stale jokes and repeating gags that if the book had been any longer, it would have lost pretty much all of its appeal.

As a first book in a series goes, this one could really lend itself greatly to an ongoing saga, as long as it finds new ways to tell these jokes in a fresh manner.  It’s funny as it is, not quick as shockingly so as the names on the back cover would have you believe, but I fear that any more of Icefloe could quickly devolve into relying purely on amusingly describing sex between a fat man and beautiful women as though it were the most amazing thing ever to occur.

That being said, I’ll definitely be checking out the next book just to prove my fears wrong, as if done right, the further adventures of Jack Icefloe Jackson should turn out to be a whole lot of fun.



2 Replies to “Book Review: Romance for Men: Pandora’s Box by Jack Icefloe Jackson”

    1. I fear I might have gotten my hopes up a little to high going in….I mean, short fun little novellas for men, seems like a home run…instead, it just didn’t quite make it to its full potential.

      I am quite curious about the cartoon series in the works, though. I have a hard time seeing how they can adapt Jackson effectively for TV, but I probably would have said the same about Archer if I had known about that character before the series.

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