Jon Marshall is a young doctor whose life is spinning out of control. In Nick Earls' 1980s-set comic romp, Jon shares a Brisbane house with Rick and Jen, and their romantic fortunes could not be any more different. Jen can't keep the men away while Rick can't get any women to stay, and Jon suddenly finds himself in an unprecedented streak of good luck - maybe too good. Francis Greenslade gives a dry, witty performance, giving a humorous and slightly ironic edge to this novel's depictions of flailing, 20-something romantic foibles.
Bachelor Kisses is a comic story of modern love and life when you're 20-something, single, and male. It is the mess Jon Marshall makes of his life when it stops making sense – a comedy of fallibility and misjudgements. Jon, Rick, and Jen share takeaway food rituals, sporadic cocktail nights, and the quest for love. Rick seems destined to long, lonely nights beneath his Porky Pig doona. Jen consumes men like chocolate bars. And Jon gets lucky in a way he's never expected – more women than he knows how to handle. A medical graduate with grand plans for the hormone of darkness, he finds his life is spiralling way out of control.