Tied To Trouble by Megan Erickson
The Gamers Book 3
Publisher: Entangled Press
Length: Full Length (175 pages)
Other: M/M, anal play/intercourse
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…
Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.
Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…
He’s chadtothebone. No, seriously, that’s his email handle and it sums up who is…until he meets Owen.
We all mature at a different pace but, eventually, everyone (well, almost everyone) gets to the point where they want more than one night stands, random jobs and flitting from one hobby to the next. It may have taken Chad a few extra party years but, one of the things I liked about this book is his growth. From meeting him in the first book of this series, Chad comes off as the player. No plans, no ambition, no commitment. Actually, that word has always been painful to consider, until he meets Owen.
Owen. He tickled me. He’s a little awestruck that someone who looks like Chad and is such an extrovert, almost to the point of being obnoxious (in a mostly adorable way), is coming on to him. He thinks it’s a joke and instead of melting into a puddle, like Chad expects him to, he surprises them both and totally gets in Chad’s space. That was fun to watch. A dumb-struck Chad is not a normal sight.
There’s a sweet and sexy role reversal trope to this little novel. Owen comes out of his turtle shell and Chad becomes a little less Chad and more serious about what he wants for himself and what he wants for him and Owen, if he’ll have him. When these two get together, they redefine “angry sex”. They were so frantic to be the one in control but then when they each figure out that they really click when instead they hand over control, it’s perfect.
I’ve enjoyed this series a lot. Just like books one and two, the story is well plotted out and flows smoothly. The ratio of sweet to sexy is nice and I was cheering for Chad and Owen’s HEA right after their first encounter. This is book that drew me in early and kept my attention to the end.