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An Unhappily Married ManMichael Maguire’s love life has always lacked … something. His wife is cold, his children are distant, and he’s desperate for one night of self-indulgence. One night of real pleasure. So he heads to notorious Brixton Park seeking a prostitute, so divorced from his own needs, he isn’t even sure of his type. A Rent BoyJames Campbell is one trick awayAn Unhappily Married ManMichael Maguire’s love life has always lacked … something. His wife is cold, his children are distant, and he’s desperate for one night of self-indulgence. One night of real pleasure. So he heads to notorious Brixton Park seeking a prostitute, so divorced from his own needs, he isn’t even sure of his type. A Rent BoyJames Campbell is one trick away from life on the street. Trapped in the world’s oldest profession, he long ago gave up on breaking free. When he sees Michael on a bench in Brixton Park, he doesn’t take no for an answer. James knows he can provide all the pleasure an unhappy, repressed man needs.Something DifferentThat first night leads to an affair so deep, so honest and challenging, neither Michael nor James can predict its end. Each tryst brings them a little closer, sampling every kind of pleasure until nothing is off the table. Not even love…...

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Something Different Reviews

  • Mandapanda
    2019-02-15 20:25

    Loved this story about Michael, a 34 year old writer who life is drab and predictable. One night he breaks free from the mold and meets dyslexic rent boy James. This author writes with a raw honesty that breaks a lot of the stereotypes in m/m romance. I don't usually go for stories with marital infidelity, nor stories with rent boys, but the author makes these issues an integral part of the plotline, so that the reader believes and empathizes with the journey Michael is taking, and is cheering for both he and James to succeed. While it is in no way a Pretty Woman, it is quite romantic and there is a strong sense that Michael and James save each other. And there is a pretty good 'makeover' of a sort too!All of the secondary characters are interesting and three dimensional but they are definitely on the periphery of this love story. I highlighted several enjoyable passages from this book including this one from Germanotti (Michael's lazy co-worker and friend):"All right." Germanotti took a long pull on his beer. "You know I have nothing. I'm a bleached lifeless shell. A skeleton. Bleached bones circled by buzzards who won't even peck at me. Wendy snapped off my cock and keeps it in a pencil box. I visit it twice a year on Christmas and my birthday. The only reason I don't top myself is in hopes you'll spill the sordid details and let me live vicariously through them."Michael surprised himself by laughing aloud again - the second time in two days. "If your novel reads like that, I think it might sell.""My novel is one long cry for help," Germanotti continued relentlessly, staring at Michael over the lip of his glass. "For Chrissake. Her name. Start with her name."Michael drew in his breath. "His name is James."And this one from James:"Oh, and they said I have ADD, too." He lit a cigarette, his first of the day, and took a long, grateful drag. "But listen mate, I once sucked a geezer for twenty minutes to get him off. The clock was just over his shoulder and I timed it. Attention deficit?" He blew out a plume of smoke. "I don't think so."Highly recommended.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-20 19:18

    **4.5 stars** After reading "Something Different", I can officially say that I have a thing for T. Baggins/S.A. Reid's books. I've read a number of rent boy stories and they all usually have a common theme of abuse or trauma. This book was no different in that respect. However, "Something Different" really stood out in this genre. Maybe it is because it felt real and raw, not depressing or melodramatic. it just worked for me in every way. I also don't like stories with infidelity in them. It just isn't romantic for me. However, I was surprised by how much I didn't mind it in this book. Another thing that I loved was there were no "plot devises" at work here. There were zero "silly misunderstandings" or "crazy overreactions". It was just simply easy, witty writing that glided the story along. Oh, and major props for the dentist scenes. I was treatment planning his case in my head!

  • Loederkoningin
    2019-02-06 00:21

    Either I have an until now unrealized rent boy kink going on or sex workers are a huge thing in the M/M genre. I'm putting my cards on the latter. This book follows the pattern that is to be expected of the trope and yet is…Something Different indeed.I was both impressed and underwhelmed. Several aspects of the story I think were handled really well by the author. The MC's, a sexually repressed dad to two teens who's caught in a loveless and marriage, road to self-discovery and happiness is interesting. Not because there is anything original about a (perceived) straight man falling head over heels with a rent boy he picks up in a park one night. No, he’s a rather peculiar character. Not particularly sympathetic and almost robotic in the way he goes through life, yet you’ll find yourself rooting for him when he confidently reaches out for glimmers of happiness. Although this is not a depressing read at all, there’s something bittersweet about it. It makes Something Different feel ‘real’ as opposed to a merry-go-lucky fairytale.There were a few things that threw me. Stuff you don’t usually come across when picking up a book that follows this trope. The un-PC way in which the MCs handle the risk of STDs might raise an eyebrow, but these two are obviously not alone in their approach. Again, this makes their story feel more real. Less appealing I found the portrayal of the MC’s wife, who’s painted as bitter and cold. I don’t have any hang ups about cheating in my reads, but I tend to dislike when the MC is provided with the 'evil wife' excuse.And then there is the ‘dirty talk’ that didn’t really gel with me. Showers are not a mandatory thing for me in books, but somehow frank references to feces are still a bridge too far… So certain comments made by the MCs I could've done without. More uncomfortable were the recollections of abuse, endured by one of the MCs while in his teens (trigger warning!). Baggins takes no prisoners when it comes to describing these scenes. Although short, they are hard to swallow because of their explicit nastiness.If you haven’t read anything else by this author I’d recommend starting with the excellent 'Protection' or, if you like your reads a little fluffier, 'Fifteen Shades of Gay'. Compared to Baggins’ other works – and this was the last book by her I hadn’t read yet — this one falls short of the mark for me.

  • Emma Sea
    2019-01-29 17:41

    4.5 stars. Very British, gritty, enjoyable. I didn't gel with Michael at the beginning at all, but, like James, I came to care for him a great deal. He was more than apparent at first glance.MandyM wrote a beautiful review for this book.

  • Sammy Goode
    2019-01-28 22:29

    I cannot say more than this...I LOVED this book. S.A. Reid took what could have been a formulaic rehashing of a sugar daddy meets needy twink and transformed it into a love story that resounded with healing, redemption and hope. James, a rent boy, illiterate, unloved, near homeless waif stumbles upon Michael, a shadow of a man who now lives trapped in a loveless marriage writing textbooks while harboring the desire to be more...feel more...love more. James' slick come on leaves Michael breathless and shaken and more than a little turned on. Meanwhile James cannot allow himself to even remotely think of the possibility of life beyond whoring himself. On one hand a damaged older man who lives in a fragile loveless existence, barely holding on to his soul...on the other a young, illiterate man whose jaded and miserable life revolves around endless tricks and an unrequited love for a selfish bastard of a man. In the novel, Something Different, these two damaged souls collide and turn each others barely tolerable existence upside down.This was a remarkable book--truly inspiring. Michael doesn't simply rescue James; he gives him the tools to restore his confidence, his independence and by doing so, inspires in James a depth of love we should all hope to encounter in a partner one day. The characters were richly developed and so very like-able. You wanted them to succeed--you wanted them to heal. The foray into sexual abuse suffered by both men was done with grace and compassion. The tender yet stark manner Ms Reid uses to develop this part of her story line was rich in emotion and visually stunning. You felt their shame...you cried their tears. In a real world where so often, young men like James are simply part of our society's throw away minority; and where men like Michael are left to linger unhappy and passionless existence, Ms Reid cries out on their behalf and tells the world to take notice--see what wonderful souls you have chosen to throw away.I highly recommend this novel to you. I will be standing in line for this author's next work. I hope to see you there.

  • Jo
    2019-02-06 22:23

    Ok Heather this review is for you because I would never have read this book without your recommendation. This review is also for those of you who are reluctant to read for all the reasons I had mainly a dislike of cheating spouses and a prostitute as the main character because the life makes me want to cry, hit something and then feel guilty because I don't do more about all the ills in the world. See who needs that guilt when reading a book. S.A. Reid just takes all that and combines it into this wonderful story of two lost souls who were able to find what we all want in this world someone who gives a flying flip. I love these stories that make me give up all my moral high ground on things I would never accept in real life. There are many other reviews telling you all the reasons you should read this book and bless them they are right but the most important to me is it a heck of a great story that leaves you smiling and goofy at the end....love, love, love that feeling.

  • Susan
    2019-02-11 23:27

    2.5 starsI’m not a big fan of the rentboy falls in love with his client storyline. It works for me only on the rare occasion and only if there’s some serious attraction between the two. So, even though I really liked Protection by this same author, this one fell short. I’m finding more and more that I don’t buy the draw between MC’s as easily as I have in the past. If you can’t produce chemistry on the page, I’m not going to just assume it’s there and buy into the rest. Thus, the relationship between James and Michael felt flat and what each brought to the table, unequal. And when they suddenly were in love with each other, I rolled my eyes and thought…really? And quite honestly, there was nothing really special or interesting about either of them as characters. There were some sweet parts and if the book was longer, maybe it wouldn’t have felt so hard to believe. In a nutshell, I’ll probably forget this book in a week…nothing worth reco'ing...

  • Steelwhisper
    2019-01-20 00:26

    This is a novel pushed to bend into novella size and it is a book trying to tackle too much.It still is easily, very easily a 4* to 4.5* book.Contrary to what one reviewer insinuated Michael never endangered his wife even though he willingly risked infecting himself with genital herpes. He wasn't sleeping with her at that moment, and later when he was about to have sex with her, he told her they would be using a condom. That he does risk himself is something I could well understand under the circumstances. It's also pretty realistic, barebacking even in the face of HIV instead of just Herpes is realistic and happens.Some parts of the story feel as if they were "lost in translation" between first draft and final version, such as the fact that Michael has a phenomenal and wide-spread theoretical knowhow and why he amassed it. I think I traced it correctly to that he wrote textbooks (which are by the way not commonly written by experts on the topics, instead by experts on textbooks. Michael obviously is one), but that would have needed just one sentence to establish clearly right at the start or at the latest where he has first anal sex.There wasn't enough foreshadowing, so some of the problems Michael and James experiences later in their relationship felt tabled in a very abrupt manner. Indeed, their problems might have been halfed and still been entirely sufficient to result in a believable despondency.So why, in spite of these criticism do I still give it such a high rating?Because I immediately felt attached to the characters, because all the recounted difficulties were realistic and not hidden away, because both men were so utterly likable and normal and realistic, actually including the secondary characters. Even Frannie, the disenchanted wife who married for money wasn't all negative, and Michael stood by her where it mattered.Also because I was immediately pulled into this story and unable to put it down, which is very rare these days! And lastly because the sex was emotional, original and engaging and the romantic aspects utterly satisfying.With her unconventional, fresh and realistic approach S.A. Reid has put herself firmly onto the list of authors I will buy sight unseen.

  • Feliz
    2019-02-04 00:24

    This was a great read, at times so honest it bordered on crude. Both main characters were SO delightful, so true to themselves and so perfect for each other....This is not a shallow Pretty Woman story, not in the slightest, it's about finding one's perfect match and finding out what really counts in life, it's about learning to be true to oneself and the unexpected rewards life has in stock for those who dare reaching out for them. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Anke
    2019-02-12 16:18

    *sigh* Something Different is Simply Wonderful! I love the story, the writing style and the whole book is heartwarming and feel-good. S.A. Reid, together with S.E. Culpepper, are the new authors this year who managed to put themselves on my auto-buy-list with just one book - Go Girls!

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-01-19 19:47

    4.5*The author was kind enough to offer this book as a free read, and I can honestly say, she has made me a fan.I will check out her future works.This story is about Michael, a husband and father, a writer of text books, and James, a rent boy.It is so very nice to see Michael finding himself, deciding to find his truth, and helping James do the same.It wasn't overnight, and all their problems aren't solved miraculously.I have to add, I was surprised that the infidelity in this book didn't bother me at all! ( which it normally does!)I was also very happy that Frannie, Michaels wife wasn't made into the cliche of a horrible vindictive wife, and that she found what she was missing too.Great Read! Recommended!

  • Syfy
    2019-01-19 00:42

    First off, I want to read Michaels' novel "Granny Does a Runner", I trust James' opinion and the title he came up with is perfect!This may appear to be the same old story; Illiterate rent boy meets benevolent benefactor who transitions to "gay" smoother than lube, hurt/comfort. Yes, it's all there. However. Masterful craftsmanship plays an integral role here. Creates a unique and irresistible tale.Each and every detailed insight, the raunchy, bold, honest, or benign, cause these characters to become real. I wanted a dream come true for them, nothing but. Something Different is handed off on a silver platter, trimmed in gold. With diamonds. So satisfying!*highly recommend*

  • ☙ percy ❧
    2019-02-03 19:26

    3.5 stars. would have been 4 stars but i took off half a star because they didn't use the word bisexual. yeah i'm a salty motherfucker, sue me.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-01-20 22:25

    Reviewed on Hearts On Fire... http://heartsonfirereviews.com/T. Baggins is a magician with her characters. She has the uncanny ability to create an average diamond in the rough and make the reader fall in love with a hero. Michael Maguire was no one special. He worked as a textbook writer always dreaming that he'd write the great American novel, didn't love his nasty wife and wasn't sure that he ever had and just wanted to feel something again. A friend drops Michael off at Brixton Park to get a little action. He is approached by the young, handsome James Campbell, a rent boy who is living trick to trick and carrying more baggage than a freight train and Michael's life is never the same again. This was a story of two desperate men needing much more than a night of fast sex. They needed whole new lives and somehow like the phoenix rising from the ashes, they found that new life in each other and never let go. Yes Michael was an adulterer with no excuses but Ms Baggins turns him into a tragic hero who saved himself by escaping. The story is told primarily from Michael's POV but I can't imagine that his life was any better before James. James provided an anchor and gave Michael a reason to begin living again even though their relationship was just sex at first. I enjoyed that this was a very slow burn love story and that James was insecure with feelings enough to question it every step of the way. He really didn't realize how good he had it with Michael until his friend Kevin stepped on his heart once again. I truly cannot blame Frannie for all of the marriage problems but she sure was easy to hate. The surprising plot twist at the end at Frannie's wedding blew me away and kind of validated Michael's and James's relationship socially. There wasn't much said about Michael's children but I liked how his son finally came around. I was sorry to see this well written and very smooth reading story end. The HEA was an extra because the way that Michael and James saved each other made the story happy enough. This touching story is a must read story for everyone.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-18 00:47

    Going into this book, I didn't realized it touched on the once huge subject I try to steer clear of in fiction: infidelity. That being said I am giving it 4 stars. The book makes me remember that you can't pick who you love. It just happens. I was very happy with the outcome of the book and the second half of the book was much better than the first half. The sex scenes were the only problem I had. The first is quite descriptive, in a not so good way. Quotes like: "Micheal envisioned the other man inside him, bollocks to buttocks, penis buried inside Micheals intestine and head pushed in feces." or "Brown-stained member". Or the fact that they have unprotected sex after (view spoiler)[ they find out James has herpes (hide spoiler)]. I just want to scream What the hell is wrong with you!!!So regardless of all that the book still deserves the 4 stars I am giving it. It was good, kept my interest, it was heartwarming and it made me feel good.

  • Deeze
    2019-01-25 17:20

    This story is gritty, and in places crude, yet it still manages to come across as magical.Both MC are believable and loveable. I would of liked to see a little more on James before Brixton Park.. We get a rough idea of his past but no real details on his old home life.Michael is such a wonderfully straight laced character that had me chuckling at his turn of phrase, while breaking my heart once I learnt his full story. I loved watching him slowly come to life.Germanotti was an excellent addition and a total surprise from what I was expecting from him.This book delivers realism wrapped up in a fairytale. Favourite scene has to be in the restaurant, passing the note pad back and forth. Perfect lol.

  • Candice
    2019-01-30 23:20

    This was such a refreshing story with its real life feel that some other romance books lack. There was no sugar coating and making things seem better than they were. It was honest and gritty. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel knowing that there was cheating involved, but surprisingly it did not interrupt the enjoyment of the story. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  • Bitchie
    2019-01-17 22:38

    I wasn't wowed by this like most of my friends were. I enjoyed bits of it, but then again other bits really pulled me out of things, like the unprotected sex, knowing what both guys knew. I also don't like the use of a cold, shrewish, controlling wife used as a device to justify cheating. I'd rather them have just had a sexless, but otherwise fairly friendly enough marriage.

  • Vanessa North
    2019-02-12 00:38

    A lovely, unexpected treat. Thank you, Jenni Lea, for lending me your copy. :)

  • Edina Rose
    2019-01-22 16:38

    A realistic fairytale.This is the story of James, a young hustler, and Michael, a middle-aged married man, father of two.No, the wifey is not a bitch you want to see dumped, but the husband, Michael, is not a bastard either. Both are just like many people who got married and made babies "because that's what you do". Now Michael lives an uneventful and boring life. Then one day, on a whim, he does something different: he tries to hook up with a female prostitute but ends up having the best sex of his life with a male hustler. Doing something so out of character liberates Michael. Now that he has tasted happiness, he decides he will not settle for less. In all areas of his life, he becomes more honest with himself - and others-, and he reaches boldly, fearlessly for what suits him best. This is not the story of a closeted gay man; Michael had no issue with his sexuality. It's the story of a man who found love in an unexpected place. The story is quite realistic. The emotions are not over the top, the characters are tri-dimensional, and even the "baddies" are not caricatures. I like this author's style.

  • R.B.
    2019-01-21 00:24

    Michael is middle-aged man dealing with his troubled past and living in the suburbs in an unsatisfactory relationship with a woman who controls all his actions and behavior. He barely knows his two teenage kids… One day he decides to seek what is missing in his life in darkened park in the arms of a prostitute. But he ends up with James, young man in his early twenties, who earns for his living as a rent boy. James has his own emotional baggage and he's struggling with dyslexia and feelings of inferiority and stupidity…It was amazing to read how Michael and James interact and how they help each other to cope with childhood abuse, to heal emotionally, to grow and to be finally honest to themselves and acknowledge themselves the right to live life as they want and deserve.Yes, it has some flaws that not everyone can forgive, but overall I don't mind.I am looking forward to other books by S.A. Reid.

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2019-02-04 20:30

    Oh, this was sweet. Two men meet - a repressed, unhappy family man and a rent boy. What could be a sappy "pretty woman" for gays is a sweet story about two people who evolve and develop to make more out of their lives than what they had when they met.

  • Jason Bradley
    2019-02-09 17:19

    Flawless writing and a wonderful story. This author needs more attention!

  • DarienMoya
    2019-02-11 00:40

    More of my reviews and ramblings at PANTS OFF REVIEWSMichael is tired of his boring life, his easily predictable life. He hardly gets along with his wife; she just spends her time bossing him around. He never does anything out of the norm, until he decides that he’s going to find a prostitute. Michael has never cheated on his wife before but there is something inside of him wanting to rebel. A conversation with a friend leads him to the decision that’s he’s heading to Brixton Park and getting some lady goods.In Michael’s mind, he’s picturing the movie Pretty Woman, until realization hits. He might just be going into something he’s clearly not ready for, while contemplating his next move on a park bench he’s approached by a young man. Clearly, a man wasn’t a part of his plan but Michael can’t deny he finds the boy beautiful. A little flirting with James and they head to a hotel for a little play (and yeh Michael is not gay) or so he thinks.James is a prostitute of circumstance. He gets no enjoyment from it; he fakes his way through it all. He thinks Michael will be sucker to con, sweet talk him and take his money. Alternatively, that’s the way he wanted it to go but Michael sees him. Calls him out on all his fake and expects nothing from him. They are an odd pair, and something deeper feelings develop surpassing what it was before. A man and his trick.The story is hardly a Cinderella tale. James is a broken young man, sexually abused as a child and it has led him down some dark roads. He feels worthless and he hates himself. The only things he feels he is good at is being on his back and sometimes he even sucks at that. Michael is sweet and naïve character, but I find him sweet and just so darn optimistic.Yes, there is cheating, and some highly questionable scenes but I still really liked this book. The writing is fun and the author took some chances, which really worked with the overall tone of the story. I listed this book as one of my faves for 2012 so far, and it’s because it's just freaking fun. Some readers might not agree with the content, but I can understand it. Some folks are victims of their circumstance, sometimes there are loveless marriages, and sometimes you gotta risk it all for love. I am now a fan of S.A Reid and I look forward to her other books.

  • Jenre
    2019-02-05 16:22

    Fantastic story about a lonely unfulfilled married man, Michael, who in desperation about a lack of sex life decides to try going to a prostitute. Michael's picked up, not by a woman, but by James, who gradually opens his eyes to a lot of things about himself. Totally unapologetic in its portrayal of infidelity and prostitution, with some scenes relating to abuse (not between the main characters), it may not appeal to all readers, but I couldn't put it down. Both characters have flaws and make mistakes but remain sympathetic throughout.My only niggle was in a few errors in the British setting. The setting is London, UK, but there were a few times when the characeters said things that jarred slightly with the setting. The most obvious example is when one of the characters makes a reference to the expensive squares on a Monopoly board. Instead of saying Mayfair and Park Lane - the UK version of Monopoloy, they say Park Avenue and Broadway - the US version of Monopoly. This and a few other things where I thought 'a British man wouldn't say things like that' just occasionally pulled me out the story.Overall, apart from that niggle, I would highly recommend this story to those looking for a quality piece of romantic drama.

  • Susan65
    2019-02-17 00:21

    Talk about keeping it real. This was more real life than, well, real life. I could seriously relate to the issues in Michaels life. It was written so brutally honest, no sugar coating and at times quite crude. But that is how real life is so it endeared the story to me more than turned me away. My only discord was with the british speak but that is more me than anything the author did wrong...for some reason it throws me off. But regardless it was an excellent story and I believe this author has a very promising career ahead of her.

  • M
    2019-01-19 19:18

    Something different, indeed. This book is not easy to read. Sure, it's novella-length, so it flies by, but for all its relative lack of wordiness, it sure is heavy. It reminds me a bit of Erastes's Junction X, in that it deals with a man trapped in a suburban hell seeking salvation in a beautiful boy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but at the same time felt a bit like it was juggling too many issues. I kind of feel like for all the stuff that happened in the book, the sailing was maybe a little too easy, the solutions a little too neat. But don't that stop you, it's well worth the read.

  • MLE
    2019-01-27 00:39

    Nothing like I thought it would be, and I loved it even more for that. In the hands of a lesser author this would have been a cliched smut fest, but the author chose to treat her characters, and the situation they were in, in a much more complicated, and nuanced way, and while it was still a very sexy read it felt emotionally honest.

  • Chris
    2019-01-18 16:42

    Excellent m/m romance about a guy in a loveless marriage who's merely going through the motions of life. When he goes to the park in search of a prostitute because he desperately needs something different to happen in his life, he's surprised yet strangely intrigued to be picked up by a young man. (Because this story starts with infidelity, it isn't going to be to everyone's taste.)

  • Yvonne
    2019-02-06 22:45

    The short summary is Michael while looking for a little sexual adventure to relieve the boredom of married life, runs into beautiful rent boy James and in the tradition of Pretty Woman, falls for him and sets him up, does a little makeover on him etc.(see Movie). There is a certain charm to the two of them. However, there are just a few things that bother me about this story.Firstly it's the casual way Michael embarks on his affair. He decides he's not getting enough sex at home. His friend, who coincidentally is also hen pecked by a domineering wife (wives are bad people in this story and husbands get all the sympathy points) has been pestering him to cheat on his wife. (view spoiler)[ He also plans this affair simply because his wife appears to be a raging bitch (hide spoiler)] I'm not crazy about stories that try to justify cheating by painting the wife as the villain and the husband as the victim. Victims do not make very attractive heroes. It's also a cheap ploy to get readers to sympathize with someone who we know is really behaving badly. It also doesn't help that Michael has two children that he also appears to barely care about , until the end of the story. And then there's the sex scenes which has some of the worse description I've ever read --ew. It kind of made me dread any of the upcoming sex scenes. I also had a big problem with the use or more specifically the lack of condom used in this story. Let's review now; James is a rent boy. Let's repeat, he's an active, non retired rent boy for most of the story. Yet there are scenes where Michael deliberately chooses not to use a condom. Worse, the writer makes it so that Michael not using a condom is a romantic gesture instead of the idiotic, stupid one that it is.(view spoiler)[ After James has tested positive for an std. Michael thinks not using a condom will show James how much he loves him.(hide spoiler)]The points above did spoil what is in many ways is a very good story. It's fun reading about the growth of Michael & James. The britishisms didn't bother me. It's interesting to see that despite James lack of funds, he was still entitled to some health benefits under the National Health Service of the UK. Contrasting the good parts of the story versus the not so good parts I end up with a middle type of rating.