Hot Tin Roof by Julia Talbot


Hot Tin Roof by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Lynx shifter Aleks is a stripper by night. That’s how he pays his rent. He tries not to mix business with pleasure, which is usually easy enough — his customers are mostly bridal parties, and Aleks is into guys. Then the most beautiful man he’s ever seen walks into the club, and all bets are off.

Rafe is also a big cat shifter, and he’s immediately drawn to Aleks and all that amazing golden skin. Too bad Rafe doesn’t want anything full time, especially since Aleks wants a Master as well as a lover. Can they find enough common ground to make it work, or will Aleks end up back on stage?

Aleks likes his job at Hot Tin Roof. It doesn’t bother him to dance or strip because he has a strict rule to only play with humans. Never a shifter and never a cat larger than he is. Only then comes Rafe, and soon Aleks is sorely tempted to throw caution – and all his sensible rules – right out the window.

I enjoyed this slow-paced erotic romance. I loved that we saw the whole progression of the relationship in such a short story. When Aleks and Rafe meet Rafe recognizes exactly what Aleks is, and that knowledge tempts Aleks to cast aside his normally quite sober rules. I loved the pacing the author gave this story, a lovely slow burn that really appealed to me. I enjoyed getting to know both characters, watching them learn about each other and finally come together.

The chemistry between the two men was astounding and this helped make me feel like that final consummation was just explosive. I loved the building tension between Aleks and Rafe and felt their happiness together was just the icing on the cake. There is a very small amount of BDSM lifestyle in the story – Aleks is submissive at heart, and while Rafe likes to be in charge the sex between them isn’t strictly BDSM, some of their relationship discussion and preferences lean in that direction.

I found this to be an interesting, emotional and relationship-focused erotic story and one I greatly enjoyed. I’d happily read both more stories from the author and more in this series down the track.

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