This is written about the early 80's. It really took me there. During the time period, gays weren't accepted and safe sex wasn't a big deal. It isn't romanticized. If you're looking for something romantic or erotic, this probably isn't for you. The mysteries are great. The lead role is real, not perfect but desirable. Sex is abundant and done for hell of it not for love. I found it to be a really refreshing pace from a lot I normally read.