Rhythm & Blues by Shae Connor

Rhythm & Blues by Shae Connor
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy (M/M)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When life tears apart your dream, build a new one.

After a knee injury ended his career, Broadway dancer Pate Hawkins limped his way back from New York to Atlanta to implement Plan B: open a dance academy to train the next generation of song-and-dance dreamers. When model-gorgeous contractor Ace Samson answers his request for an estimate on renovating his studio space, Pate hits pay dirt in more ways than one. As construction gets underway, the red-hot attraction between the two men flares, and soon they develop a fledgling relationship. Then the siren song of the stage calls Pate back, and he has to choose between the dream he left behind and the new life he’s building—with his studio, and with Ace.

A bad knee injury meant Pate could no longer work in his career of dancing. So instead, he decides to go with plan B – his own dance studio. Ace is the contractor Pate has hired to help his dream become a reality. Can the two men mix work and play and both come out winners?

This is a fun M/M romance that I really enjoyed. Pate is a character I found myself sympathizing with, strong and determined but needing to regroup and bounce back from a career-ending injury. Ace is the typical “skinny guy grows up buff” character that finds himself hot and sexy in his adult body. I really liked how the author took the beginning somewhat slow, introducing us properly to the two men, letting me as a reader get comfortable with their characters and get to know them a bit before the steaminess came in. This time and pacing is something I find a lot of erotic romance misses out on – just jumping straight into the sex and letting everything else come along afterwards. So I found it refreshing to learn about Pate and Ace and then move onto the chemistry sizzling between them.

I found the sex scenes really tastefully written. While descriptive and smoking hot, I feel that only readers who dislike M/M romance will find it pushes the envelope too far for them. There is a little bit of saucy language right in the middle of the sex – no hard language anywhere else in the story. There’s also nothing overtly kinky or anything else which I feel regular romance readers would find offensive. Personally, I found the romance and sex between Ace and Pate hot, sensual and delicious to read. It was romantic and sexy and I will happily reread this story many times in the future.

Readers looking for a sexy, romantic story about two men finding not just each other, but also a satisfying way forward in their life should really enjoy this book. I loved how Pate and Ace both still managed to find their dreams – even though it might not have been what they originally pictured it as. Happy, warm-hearted, sexy and satisfying, this is a wonderful book I can strongly recommend.

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