RANDY COMFORT RISE AGAIN
YOUR FANTASIES FULFILLED - FOR A FEE. The leisured ladies of the exclusive Sylvan Glade Mansions are bountiful and bored. Randy Comfort, maintenance-man extraordinaire, is there to service them, tools at the ready. And when there's money to be made out of service that's purely personal and very discreet he'll rise to the occasion, always eager to please. It's a paradise of promiscuous promise, overflowing with opportunity. Randy's going to be a handyman millionaire, however many hours of sweated overtime he puts in, and even if he dies of exhaustion in the attempt!
Two paperback editions exist
The first paperback edition features a close-up of a bottle of frothing Champagne being opened by a lady's hand. Some not-so-subtle symbolism going on there obviously - on a par with the Tobin Uptight "Microphone" design. Edition #2 borrows the same layout/fonts as the last couple of Tobin books and features...gasp..a completely naked lady Arabian prince (or should that be princess?) holding what looks like a banana..(as usual - no idea what went through the publisher's mind when designing this shot) 3/10 for the first edition and even less for the second.
A direct follow-on from the first "Randy Comfort" book, Rise Again sees Randy meeting yet more of the crazy residents at Sylvan Glade Mansions and inevitably hopping into bed with most of them. There is a sly nod to the Tobin series when one of the residents tells Randy about a book where a male journalist interviews females about their sexual fantasies (see Russ Tobin Uptight) and things are just starting to settle down into a routine when Randy meets Ram - the Arab Prince who is staying as a guest. Together they head out to a casino (which Stan descibes as being like the opening scene of James Bond's Dr No...and he should know!), win some money, pull some birds and then all manner of hell breaks loose! Eventually sanity prevails and we see Randy back at the mansions lining up another day's "hard work".
Given that the first book takes place almost entirely within the Sylvan Glade Mansions, and this follow-up stay true to that premise (in both senses of the word) - it's actually quite a relief when Randy heads off to the casino with Ram and the scenery changes. Literally every chapter prior to this turn of events is just Randy getting horizontal with one resident or another. Randy's plan to become a millionaire off the back of his conquests also seems a bit weird, given that none of them appear to be paying for his services. See also his plan to have Tilly distribute copies of the book to the ladies in order to increase their appetite. Yet their keen-ness to get him between the sheets didn't appear to be a blocker for him! The final oddity being that, despite having a long list of extremely willing partners at the Mansions, Randy seems to not bat an eyelid at the thought of paying for a lady of the night after the Casino scene??
Side note: Although Randy doesn't drink a great deal in the first book, half-way through this sequel he suddenly starts drinking vodka tonics - the old Russ Tobin favourite (pages 110,124 and 143)
6/10 - Randy Comfort starts to hit his stride as the character develops more, but unfortunately the series never progressed beyond this book two. It's hard to imagine where the story could have gone in any further installments. The beauty of the Tobin books was that he literally had the world at his feet and each book was set in a different place. The Comfort universe is small and if I'm honest was already starting to get a bit boring (until the Casino adventure at the end). Stan did say that more were planned, but in hindsight the two stand nicely on their own.