Sunblood by Maria Mora

Sunblood by Maria Mora
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (95 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet, M/M
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Caleb, sub-citizen 45201, is a psychic slave in the massive biodome known as the City — the only civilized community left on his wasted planet. He can’t remember his life before he was taken to the City and experimented on by scientists trying to control his unusual gift. Despite having no rights, Caleb knows his life isn’t all that bad. His Keeper, Daniel, secretly allows him to play in the minds of the City’s inhabitants. Caleb likes Daniel — probably more than he should — and once in a while the cafeteria has some delicious cookies. Caleb’s small freedoms don’t seem like all that much until even those are threatened. When Caleb is targeted by those who fear his powers, he discovers exactly how much he has to lose.

There’s a big difference between surviving from one day to the next and truly living. If only Caleb could remember what that difference was.

I was completely fascinated by Caleb’s powers. What they were and how he used them weren’t revealed right away, so it was interesting to slowly piece together the facts about this part of his life as the plot progressed. Ms. Mora struck a smart balance between giving me enough information to know what was going on in a particular scene and keeping other details quiet until they, too, needed to be revealed.

It would have been really helpful to have more world building in this story. The society that Caleb and Daniel live in sounded incredibly complex, so I was surprised by how little time was spent explaining how it all worked. To be more specific, there appeared to be a strong mismatch between the level of technology that the City relied on for its survival and the types of resources that were still available on what was otherwise a severely damaged, depleted planet.

Fear can prod people into doing things they’d never otherwise consider. Some of the best scenes explore how this works and why all of us are susceptible to it. One of the reasons why I enjoy this genre so much is that it’s so well-suited to bringing up these kinds of topics in a reader’s mind without ever literally asking us what we think of that idea. There’s definitely something to be said for approaching certain themes in this manner, and this book did a good job at it.

Sunblood caught my attention. It’s something I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys science fiction set in the distant future.

Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper

Secrets and Bow Ties by Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (135 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

Who said nerdy can’t be sexy?

Self-confessed gold digger Dylan Price is cooling his heels as a waiter at a trendy West Hollywood restaurant, waiting for the sugar daddy of his dreams to walk through the doors. Someone rich, sophisticated. Preferably old.

Bookish Simon Wainwright couldn’t be further from Dylan’s ideal. Aside from his terrible fashion sense, Simon suffers from a glaring lack of a Beverly Hills mansion. And he’s barely over thirty!

Dylan, however, isn’t made of stone. Coincidence, an obscene candle, even Simon’s dorky cardigan compel him to give the shy academic a very special birthday gift, which Dylan files away as a one-night stand. But when Dylan’s quest lands him in hot water, he runs to Simon to hide.

The two take off for Las Vegas, where Dylan takes upon himself to give Simon a complete makeover. For reasons he can’t comprehend, Dylan begins to reevaluate his life—and what he holds most dear. But with danger not far behind, he might be too late.

A young waiter, whose ambition in life is to become the kept boy toy of a rich older man, finds himself drawn to the complete opposite—and then he finds himself in the middle of a kind of an action movie. Only he’s the reluctant, unwitting star in danger.

The plot starts out awfully unassuming. I thought this tale would be about Dylan figuring out what he really wants: Simon. And not much more. But… there’s a lot happening here. And I mean a lot. Dylan’s pursuit of a rich, older sugar daddy lands him smack in the middle of criminal activities by at least three different parties. There’s guns, drugs, antiquities, you name it. Dylan’s got no idea what’s happening. By the time he does, he’s in mortal danger. Eventually—after almost getting knifed and shot, and actually getting kidnapped—he figures it all out. I also loved the fact that though Dylan claims to be a gold digger, he’s a charming person who I couldn’t help but fall for.

We only get the story from Dylan’s third person POV. But Simon comes across as a fully fleshed nerdy professor with a propensity for bow ties, bad glasses, and old-fashioned clothes. Dylan sets out to give the guy a total make-over in Vegas of all places, and along the way Simon comes out of his shell, revealing the funny, gorgeous guy underneath the geeky facade. The two men suit each other to a tee.

What I liked about the characters was that, despite the crazy plot, they felt real and true to themselves. Their dialogue was a hoot to follow, made easy by Harper’s smooth-flowing writing. Both Dylan and Simon are smart, but in different ways, as one is a professor and the other a former go-go boy. I appreciated that though Dylan knew less than Simon, it was portrayed as a normal character trait, not something to be snickered at or made fun of. He’s got street smarts and a wonderfully open personality despite his bad past.

This is one crazy tale and the characters complete that circle of madness. I loved this, easily one of the best I’ve read lately. While the plot twists boggle your mind and these guys seem ill-suited for one another at first, Harper’s manner of writing, captivating and immersive, keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Her men have an inexplicable allure to them, and I read this in one sitting. You might do the same. Recommended.

ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise by ID Locke

ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise by ID Locke
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (350 pgs)
Other: M/M, BDSM, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Tracey Hedgewood has planned for years with other ZA survivalists what to do in the very unlikely instance of the dead walking. He is the man with a plan now that the ZA has become a frightening reality of the world. Guy Thibaudeau has managed to survive the first week of the ZA through sheer luck and knows that he needs a plan, and soon, if he wants to stay off the zombie menu. Tracey and Guy meet while both foraging in the same store for supplies. Casual and flirty acquaintances for six months before the dead rose to snack on the living, they decide to team up to increase their survival chances as well as see where the strong mutual attraction will lead.

As the men make their way to what they hope is safety following The Plan Tracey has been refining for years, Tracey’s every-man-for-himself Plan slowly morphs into a scheme to make their safe haven on the Toronto Islands a zombie-free zone for themselves as well as the people still living there. While guiding their new group into making their location safe for everyone, the men explore their mutual desires and kinks, finding that they not only work well as a zombie killing team but as lovers, too. Tracey and Guy soon discover that even in the horror of the dead hunting the living, incredible good can come from a hopelessly bad situation.

The end of the world has never seemed so hopeful. Tracey is a survivalist and has been planning for the zombie apocalypse for years. Though he never knew when he would need his knowledge, or if he ever would, he knew he’d be able to survive. Now that zombies have descended upon Toronto, and perhaps the world, Tracey ends up joining forces with his long time crush, Guy. Together the two pool their resources to find a safe place to live their new life. Along the way they discover their mutual attraction and kinks make them perfect partners.

ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise is the sequel to another ZA book but easily can be read on its own. I haven’t read the other book but this one focuses on Guy and Tracey almost exclusively so readers won’t be lost or confused. The story is decent with the expected harrowing circumstances: zombies overrunning the city, needing supplies, encountering other survivors, the quest for safety of some sort in the new world. At the same time the relationship between Guy and Tracey advances quickly, as one might expect, from hot sex to something deeply emotional as well. I found the story rather uneven with action in fits and starts. Sometimes it would go so fast I felt as if I was speed reading but other times the action would slow down considerably with lengthy conversations that seem redundant or unnecessary. I found my attention sharpening or waning depending on the pace of the story, which often would pull me out of the enjoyment of the book.

Guy and Tracey are enjoyable characters with depth but they lack subtly and nuance. They’re both exceptionally well suited, too well suited, to the apocalypse with multiple necessary skills that will ensure their survival over almost anyone else. They seemed a little too perfect sometimes and I was confused by the progress of their relationship. While it made sense and I enjoyed watching the two move from hot and seriously kinky sex to companionship between long time lovers that still have hot and kinky sex, sometimes I was baffled by their lengthy conversations. They would ask each other inane questions such as favorite color or movie in an effect to get know each other better but from my perspective those answers no longer matter when the world as you know it ends. It’s not as if the daily minutiae of life affects compatibility when survival is the most important factor and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Instead of caring what kind of music the other person likes, I’d be more interested in whether we could work together, and withstand each other’s personalities, to ensure we stayed alive and zombie free with sex as an added bonus.

The story has some really enjoyable moments but it ends up being this odd mix of normal relationship progression from attraction to sex to emotions to commitment and love and a race for survival in a new world order. To me it always felt as if they were from two separate stories instead of one cohesive book. I think this will likely work best for readers who liked the other book in the series.

Friends With Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows

Friends With Benefits by Cheyenne Meadows
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (125 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

Playboy wolf shifter Wiley can’t duck out of his pack’s biggest annual event, despite knowing his grandmother has possible suitors lined up and waiting. Wiley has no intention of settling down, and the situation dangles just above disaster. Thankfully, Wiley’s best friend, lion shifter Ram, agrees to pose as Wiley’s boyfriend for the weekend.

They find out fate has other plans when they kiss on a dare, and the passion erupts, so hot and intense they fear the couch may spontaneously combust beneath them. Neither man is able to push the small act of affection from his mind, but both struggle with uncertainty and the ramifications of following where their libidos lead.

If they can’t outrun their feelings, they’ll have to muster the courage to face their fears before they lose everything, including their friendship.

A wolf shifter and a lion shifter are best friends. But can their friendship survive the sudden sexual attraction sparks between them?

This is a friends-to-lovers story with a paranormal twist. I don’t mean just the two men, Ram the lion and Wiley the wolf, being shifters, but the shifter world around them. Both men play baseball professionally in an all-shifter league. And the wolf community especially plays a big part in the story, as Wiley asks Ram to pretend to be his boyfriend to avoid familial match-making. What Wiley neglects to tell Ram is that the weekend is an all-out buffet of casual sexual encounters and downright orgies. Not easy for their strict relationship as friends-only when the air is thick with arousal and everyone’s pairing up.

Meadows has a talent for writing sensuous scenes. She also manages to create funny, smart, and relatable characters even when the story is mostly filled with sex. Impressive. Ram is reserved and kind of lazy too, as befitting the king of the jungle. Wiley is more active, one of those morning people that just burst with energy. Their interaction is at the heart of the story, and the first half of the book is focused on dialogue and learning about the shifter world. The sensual stuff comes in the latter half, and from that point forward there’s so much sex that at some point you just want the story to move forward.

The plot is simple. Two friends pretend to be lovers, only to become lovers as the pretense wears thin. The first half of the book, when the two men spend a weekend among the wolves, was great. Plenty of humor and fun, engaging dialogue and wonderful characters. Loved it. Sure, there was some needless repetition with Wiley’s Grandma’s sexual escapades, occasional nudity, and other people remarking how awesome that is (kids seeing too much is usually a big fat NO!) and more power to her. Once or twice, fun. Six or seven times, been there, done that, move on, please. The second part of the book, as stated before, is non-stop sex, with a single argument in the middle. So, not particularly intricate, but catchy nonetheless.

Meadows has a way of bringing even the most outlandish characters to life, as fleshed out men and women, and that is the strength of her writing. For me personally the first part of the book was the best. The randy wolf community, Pip the little mix-breed mutt who keeps asking awkward questions, and the slow growth of Ram and Wiley’s relationship. Toward the end, it felt like there was endless sex scenes for sex’s sake alone, but I leave it to you to decide whether that’s a good or a bad thing. For an erotic paranormal shifter romance, this one is pretty good, and it’s no hardship to recommend this.

Love Matters by Sean Michael

Love Matters by Sean Michael
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Fetish (water/enema play), Toys, Fisting
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

For ten years they’ve done things Trey’s way. Now Lucien wants more. He wants to be with his lover full-time. Is Trey ready? Will he ever be?

Ten years after they first met and fell in love, Lucien and Trey are still together—after a fashion. Terrified that he’s going to become entirely dependent on Lucien, Trey calls his lover to come spend four to five days with him whenever he finishes a novel. Lucien wants more, but up until now has been willing to bow to Trey’s wishes.

Finally broaching the idea of seeing each other more often, during Trey’s writing periods, Lucien suggests that they begin to date each other on Friday nights. Trey agrees to the experiment and begins to flourish as Lucien gets him out of the house more—to eat, to swim, to visit the beach.

But can Trey remain faithful to his work ethic, get the job done with his novels and enjoy the distractions and adventures Lucien plans for him? Or will Lucien’s desire to have more break them apart?

Only time will tell.

Trey and Lucien have a standing arrangement. When Trey finished writing one of his novels, the two men got together and hooked up. Trey often gets to set the pace, and this time with a little more than four days at their disposal, he decides he wants Lucien to push him. Push him further than he’s ever gone. But Lucien has a surprise for Trey, because he had already planned to push his lover – all the way out of their long-established comfort zone. Lucien wants to be more than a part-time lover, he doesn’t want to be with Trey only around his writing schedule any more. He wants to be a permanent part of Trey’s life.

I really loved this book. Trey is an intricately complex character who really grabbed my imagination. Born blind, Trey has closed himself off to much of the world. His life is writing and the carefully controlled environment of his home. His parents hurt him emotionally when he came out of the closet – saying that Trey just wanted a man to live with him, to depend on. That comment has scarred him far more than Trey really knows. It’s had him close his heart off, and I feel it’s a big part of his unwillingness to share his whole life with Lucien, how their “only after a book is finished” relationship began. While his actions are logical, I really empathized with the fear Trey felt deep in his soul. Change is hard when you’ve made such a comfortable, routine life. They both start to make small changes, standing Friday night dates, swimming on Saturdays, small steps. And Lucien is the epitome of patience.

Their first big adventure out of the house was one I really enjoyed. Nothing huge or life-altering, just the simple pleasure of going to the local lake, making sandcastles and enjoying the sunshine together. It was a big step forward for both men and was a delight to read. And that was thankfully the first of many outings. I loved seeing this well-defined couple, who had been together for around ten years, deepen and explore their relationship, taking it to a new level. Trey and Lucien are clearly deeply in love, solidly committed only to each other, and yet there’s still so very much for them to do – Trey’s independence issues and Lucien’s wanting to be involved as more than just a part-time person in Trey’s life. Watching these men begin a new phase in their life together was amazing and I found it just wonderful to read the two men learn more about each other and open their hearts even further.

There is tons of fantastic sex, kink and naughty butt-plug play. I’d be amazed if anyone could read it through and not need a big glass of cold water to help cool down. Yet there’s such depth of emotion, such love and trust between these two men. It’s a brilliant thing to read and get swept away with. I loved this book and would strongly recommend it to others. A heartfelt, deliciously sexy story that will stay with me for some time to come.

Cupid, Mardi Gras, & Auld Lang Syne by Kaitlin Maitland

Cupid, Mardi Gras, & Auld Lang Syne by Kaitlin Maitland
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (103 pages)
Other: F/F, Toys
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Zoey is a woman totally comfortable with her attraction to other women. Zoey knows that she and Morrie McKinloch are perfect for each other. Not only is the chemistry explosive, Morrie is a ton of fun to be around. If only Zoey can convince Morrie that being a lesbian isn’t the end of the world.

Morrie cannot forget the hot New Year’s Eve sex she had with Zoey Statham. She never expected to be attracted to another woman. How can she tell her mother that her only daughter is swearing off the fairytale prince in favor of the princess?

When Morrie’s friends set her up with a local guy, she figures this is her chance at normal. Too bad a handsome man isn’t incentive enough to keep Morrie out of Zoey’s bed. No matter how much Morrie tries to be what her family wants, her heart already knows where she belongs.

Sometimes life can change in an instant. Will Zoe and Morrie be ready for it when it happens to them?

Morrie’s character development was well done. The plot gave her plenty of time to reveal her personality before it began showing how she was evolving. So much time was spent exploring the kind of person she was that all of the changes she went through unfolded smoothly. They suited her backstory and current circumstances perfectly.

It took me a while to figure out how all of the characters knew one another. There were quite a few of them, and the connections between them weren’t always clear. I would have had a much easier time settling into the plot if I’d either had fewer characters to get to know or if they’d been written into something that was full length instead of a short story.

The chemistry between Morrie and Zoey was sizzling hot. I liked the fact that they’d been friends for a long time before the events in this story began because it gave them such a rich history to draw on in their interactions. This was a smart choice for these characters. As soon as I met them, I started rooting for them to end up together. I was so interesting in seeing what would happen that I read the whole book in one sitting.

Cupid, Mardi Gras, & Auld Lang Syne was a fun read. It’s a good choice for anyone who likes a little drama in their erotica.

Winter’s Gift by Sean Michael

Winter’s Gift by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Badly disfigured, Geoff lives alone in the woods with only his wolf as companion. It’s a solitary life, but one he is comfortable with. When he discovers a fairy with an injured wing at the beginning of winter, his whole ordered world is turned upside down. But will Mauve be horrified by his rescuer’s visage? Or can the fairy look beyond the scars and see into Geoff’s heart?

Geoff is out hunting game, needing to stock up on supplies as winter is coming. When Geoff’s wolf finds a wounded woodland spirit Geoff knows he has to rescue the damaged man. The spirit’s wings are deceptively thin and one of them is broken. Knowing he couldn’t leave any creature in need to the harsh elements of the woods, Geoff carries the fairy-man home. After doing what he could to mend his new guest, Geoff sets about to warming his log-house and cooking some stew. Mauve woke up in pain and disoriented; confused, as he’d been taught not to trust humans. But with his damaged wing and winter steadily bearing in, Mauve realizes he needs Geoff’s hospitality. And Geoff figures the woods brought him this fairy for a reason, and he has all winter to figure it out.

This is a lovely story, rather like tales my grandmother used to tell me, full of wild woods, animals that act like familiars and all sorts of magical creatures. Of course, it’s rather sexier than anything I recall from my childhood – but that just added to my enjoyment! I really enjoyed how the timing and place of this story could be almost anywhere, anytime. While not contemporary, whether this is historical, an alternate earth or just a fable is left vague, and I have found myself numerous times after finishing my first read through of it pondering this. I have to assume the author has left that open for interpretation on purpose, and I find that a masterful stroke. This is a story about a man and a fairy, thrown together by circumstances and Father Winter. Geoff and Mauve come together and learn about themselves and each other.

I loved watching Mauve and Geoff bond and build their relationship. They learn about not only each other but the pleasure they could share. The pacing of the whole story was something I found particularly perfect. Geoff and Mauve learned about each other physically and sexually, but I really enjoyed their talks about the differences in their lives, their cultures. They connected on many levels and this made the sex even sweeter – and hotter – for me. Toward the end I was terrified the ending wouldn’t be all I hoped, but I was completely proven wrong – it was even better than I imagined it. I can’t believe even the most die-hard of romance readers being disappointed. This is a sweet, hot, lovely old-style tale and I can’t wait to reread it.

A wonderful, magical read.

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Radio Boys by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Paul might be blind, but he has a full life between deejaying at a local radio station and playing on stage with a band a few times a month. It’s been a while since he’s been with anyone, though, and when Thor asks to take him home, he’s not quite sure what to do.

Thor’s been listening to the sexy DJ’s voice for years and is thrilled to finally meet Paul in person. Can his aural fascination grow into more? And will Paul be right there with him?

Paul has been singing in the same bar for almost a decade. He always goes with his dad and there was comfort for Paul in the ritual. Paul’s surprised when Thor introduces himself one night and asks to sit at the table with them. Paul is then stunned when Thor recognizes his voice from the radio show he DJs nightly. No one had ever recognized him from his voice before. Even better, Thor’s not the least put off by the fact Paul’s blind. One thing quickly leads to another and very soon Paul’s happily bringing Thor home. Both men hope this could be more than a one night stand.

This is a lighthearted, fun, quick read. I loved the chemistry between Paul and Thor, and found it delightfully unique how differently Paul envisioned things, compensating for his blindness. Like how Paul associates colours with things, red for hot, brown for coffee beans. It made sense and let me see a little into his world. I also really enjoyed Thor’s character, all hot and eager. I giggled a few times how adamant he was (in his own mind) how he wasn’t stalkerish just because he fantasized and could come just listening to Paul on the radio. I found it really cute and cool.

Thor and Paul are wonderful together, with sizzling chemistry and unable to keep their hands off each other. I found this a funny, sweet and romantic read. While initially the men were both happy to just hook up, the bond they formed together quickly deepened and I found the ending really satisfying. Sexy and full of tenderness, this is an excellent read for romantics looking for a bit of spice, or M/M readers who are easing themselves into the genre. I really enjoyed this wonderful book.

Command by Sierra Cartwright

Command by Sierra Cartwright
Bonds Book 3
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Length: Full Length (222 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking, Flogging, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

With all she has to offer, she’s his to command…

Aria DeWitt is a runaway bride. Only months away from her wedding, she panicked, returning her engagement ring and donating her gorgeous gown to charity.

She’s less than pleased when she’s reassigned to a new work project and sent to work with Grant Kingston in the middle of nowhere. She knows of his reputation as a recluse and genius, but she isn’t prepared for how handsome, powerful and deliciously Dominant he is, or how he ignites something inside her that no man ever has.

Grant isn’t happy when his cherished solitude and creativity is shattered by Aria’s unwanted and unwelcome arrival. That is until he glimpses her carefully concealed vulnerability. Aria’s confidence and responsiveness intrigue him, ensnaring him in a way he’d never believed possible, chipping away the ice that shrouds his heart.

As he interacts with her, he realizes why she ran from marriage. She’s never met someone strong and complex enough to hold her interest. And suddenly, he’s determined to be that man.

I am a fan of Sierra Cartwright, but I have to admit that Command started a little slow for my taste. At first, I didn’t even feel a connection with the characters. They both seemed to be workaholics that would never be able to see beyond their office tasks. I was of course, wrong.

As Ms. Cartwright builds the relationship between the characters she also develops Grant’s and Aria’s jobs. The characters stop feeling like obsessive workers and become people with a common goal both in and out of the bedroom. Their relationship is not only based on their sexual attraction but also on their brilliant minds.

However, even though I warmed up to both Grant and Aria, for some reason, I have to admit that these are the characters which have caused the least impact on me out of all of Cartwright’s novels.

The sex, as in all of Ms. Cartwright’s novels is well written, hot and never boring. (The author demonstrates well that BDSM is much more than kneeling, spanking, cuffs and flogging).

One line that will forever stay with me is when Aria asks: How would you introduce someone to your BDSM world?” And Grant answers:“I already have.”

Command is a definite must read if you’re looking for some sizzling BDSM and a well written story that goes beyond sex.

Beginning To Believe by Sean Michael

Beginning To Believe by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (81 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Tyler’s a fun-loving, surfing mechanic who loves his life and lives every day to the fullest. When he meets potential client Kit, he’s immediately attracted and ready to get to know the man better.

Kit’s a music producer who used to do the singing himself. He was quite the star, actually, until an accident in his tour bus took whipped out nearly his entire band. Kit didn’t come out it unscathed, though. Along with emotional scars, he lost both legs and hasn’t sung a note since.

Tyler’s more concerned with how Kit makes him feel than whether or not the man has artificial limbs, and he pursues Kit eagerly. Can Tyler help Kit to believe in love again?

Tyler knows his bikes. Kit is referred to him for a recommendation on purchasing a new motorcycle. Kit has some very specific stability requirements for his new machine, because he’s lost both his legs, one just under the knee, one slightly over. Tyler takes the knowledge easily in stride, and very soon both men are talking machinery like old buddies. When they head off for dinner, the chemistry starts to sizzle, and although Kit feels somewhat shy and rusty, they flirt up a storm. Could Tyler be the man to finally have Kit opening his heart again and beginning to believe?

I was nervous starting this book, I often find stories where the main character/s have problems after an accident to either gloss over the issues or to dwell so much on them the romance/eroticism gets lost. I was delighted to find this story didn’t fall into either category. Kit and Tyler speak a lot, especially in the beginning, of the accident and Kit’s loss, but that didn’t lessen the growing attraction and chemistry between them. The author did a great job of balancing the realities of the accident with the blooming romance between the two men. I didn’t feel like his issues were swept under the carpet, but neither did they bog down the story and romance. I was really impressed.

With a slow and easy pace, I found the author did an amazing job drawing out that delicious “getting to know you” phase of any relationship. The sex was hot but also incredibly tender and romantic. I feel this will appeal to many M/M readers, and would also be a good book for beginners. Sexy and steamy, this is an intensely erotic story. I enjoyed how both men stayed true to themselves, but were willing to come together and compromise where needed.

A wonderful, hot book I greatly enjoyed. Recommended.