Pretty Dudes: The Novel (Pretty Dudes, #1)

C.S.R. Calloway

lighthearted slow-paced

321 pages | first published 2020


Meet the "cosmetic genetics": friends, lovers, and situational enemies who form a vibrant, unexpected harmony of comedy, romance, and drama.

Hector "Zario" del Rosario is excited to begin life as an independent gay man in Los Angeles, but he can’t keep his straight roommates out of his love life. After breaking up with his boyfriend Shane, his friends enter a high-stakes bet to find new romantic prospects for him.

Ellington Gomez has his hands full, usually with an assortment of beautiful women, but when he receives an SOS from his gay younger brother Marshall, it becomes apparent that a little change might be the best thing to happen to him.

Jericho "Jay" Kim doesn’t like staying in the same place long enough for the smell to stick, so when he moves in with struggling actor Sunji Spencer, he figures eight months, twelve tops. Then Zario moves in and suddenly Jay finds an increasing amount of reasons to stay.

Adapted by show creator C.S.R. Calloway, Pretty Dudes: The Novel brings Zario and his friends into a rich, textured new medium, combining their kaleidoscopic experiences into bold, ever-changing patterns of humor, heartbreak, and hope.

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