Friends to Lovers: Frat House Troupers (Brandt and Donnelly #1] Audiobook by Xavier Mayne Narrated by Peter B. Brooke

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Blurb
State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn.

Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he’ll have to give a repeat performance, this time live on webcam opposite the highest bidder. Donnelly makes sure to win that auction for his partner’s sake, but their plan has a flaw: faking it is not an option.

In the aftermath, Brandt is a humiliated mess trying desperately to come to terms with what he’s had to do for the job and his own mixed feelings. But Donnelly has been on a journey of discovery of his own. Suddenly everything the two men thought they knew about themselves and each other gets turned inside out. Meanwhile, they still have a case to solve… but it may not be the case they thought it was

Review
This is the kind of book that asks you to suspend reality and accept this is a work of fiction. Once I was in the right mindset I quite enjoyed it. There is a ridiculousness about it that just made it amusing. The whole reason for the case and the need for Brandt to go undercover were so spurious. It did however set up the amusing scenes in the boutiques. The live webcam as the way for getting Donnelly to ‘announce’ his attraction to Brant. As well as friends to lovers it’s also a Gay for you relationship. I can see why everything happens it just feels surreal, especially when everyone, with a couple of exceptions, seems to be straight! Would I read the next story, I’m not sure. I think it’s the narration by Peter B. Brooke that makes this book fo me. He puts a lot of feelings and excellent characterisation into it. I got a real feel for Donnelly, his family and Brandt, not to mention the wonderful assistants in the boutique.

3 of stars out of 5

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Bobby Green by Amy Lane

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bobby-green-by-amy-lane-9320-b

Blurb
Johnnies: Book Five
Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables.
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?

Review

I love the Johnny series! It ranks up with the top 3 of series I read and read again. I was really looking forward to Bobby’s story and I was not disappointed. (I don’t think you have to have read all the books to appreciate this but I think you should. I think there’s a lot of background in the other stories that help you to appreciate Bobby’s story and there’s a lot of things going on with other characters that help you to understand Bobby and his situation better.)

Digger is such a tough character. As is V. These two characters are both so easy to love and so hard to love in the way because they don’t fit any sort of typical mold. I appreciate the fine line Amy draws here with Digger’s IQ and that she fully shows us that despite the numbers Digger is a fully functioning adult who maybe doesn’t always make the best decisions. He also has a hard time with “gray areas” or nuance but many people are like that. V, on the other hand is so clearly in pain and suffering but Digger can’t forget his promise to her – despite all the time that has passed and the changes that have occurred in her mental status.

Vern’s story is no less heart breaking. He can’t identify with his true self because he’s spending so much time fighting for his mom and for his own life.

One aspect of the story that really helped me to see our guys in a forever relationship was how long it took them to have sex. The sex should have been the easy part – but it wasn’t and our guys realized this. I really appreciated Digger’s lack of understanding of the situation and how frustrated he was and confused because, – you know – love is confusing sometimes, too. Bobby didn’t know where he was with that either so the whole thing was just confusing.

The writing is beautiful and touching as always and this will gladly join my “favorites shelf” beside the others in the Johnnies Series.

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I really hope they get Sean Crisden to do the narration for this!

5 of 5 stars

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Rebel (Ballsy Boys #1) by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix

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Blurb

“I don’t do relationships, I break them.” ~ Troy

If there’s one thing life has taught me it’s that everyone eventually leaves. But that’s okay because I have a strategy: no friends, no boyfriends, limit repeat hook-ups, no sleep overs, and above all leave them before they leave me. I’ve put my break-up skills to work doing others’ dirty work for them.
The last thing I expected when I agreed to do an embarrassing breakup song and dance was to end up on the doorstep of the very recognizable—and stupidly sexy—Rebel. When you meet a man like Rebel you’d be insane not to make a move. And just because he has me tossing out every single one of my rules doesn’t mean I’m in trouble, right?

“I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything.” ~ Rebel

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do relationships are pretty damn impossible. Besides, guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.
Until I meet Troy. He has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. For the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that this is real and worth fighting for?

***Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a super sexy MM romance with plenty of good times. While this book and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, they DO NOT contain cheating.

Review

This was a nice surprise from these two authors. I’ve been a fan of Neuhold but was not familiar with Phoenix. I think, based on this story, she adds a lot more “fire” to Neuhold’s already spicy writing.

 

Of course, since this is about porn stars, we can expect a lot of sex. But… there is seriously a LOT of sex. I’m as big a fan of anyone of a good sex scene – or several – but this was the main way our two MCs communicated with one another and after awhile I began to skim.

 

Sigh. Yeah. There was just too much sex and not enough believable relationship building for me. When our MCs finally reach the point in the relationship where it’s time to “define the relationship” I understood why Troy was so scared and I understood why Rebel was ready to commit, but I didn’t catch that point where Troy was converted.

 

I enjoyed the character development and am absolutely intrigued by the developing story lines I can see blossoming among the secondary characters – I’m talking about you Pixie! – and I’ll look forward to the next installment.

 

If you’re a fan of porn star romance, you’ll be psyched to find this new series. If you’re one who gets bothered by an overabundance of sex … this will probably bug you.

 

All in all it was worth the read and caught me on it’s hook for book 2!

 

(FWIW if you read Amy Lane’s Johnnies series I think that look at porn was maybe more realistic, and this is more in line with TM Smith’s All Cocks series in it’s look at the industry.)

 

4 of 5 stars

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Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci

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Blurb
Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

Review

This is the first book I’ve read by Caitlin Ricci, and I found it nicely paced and thoughtful when dealing with the sensitive issues in the story. Mason comes across as being younger than stated in the story, but his issues are very real.

Oliver is well put together, knows what he has wanted up until this point in his life. Sex has always been a casual thing, whether it’s with his boyfriend, or some of his photography models. He seems just as surprised as Mason when they realize the attraction between them could develop into something more.

This is a slow paced story, yet there isn’t a lot of angst. It also ends in a HFN, not a HEA. The author has developed the characters enough that you want to see an epilogue of a year or 2 down the line to see how it all works out. Since this book is part of a series I would guess we will see more of Mason and Oliver in future books.

3.5 of 5 stars
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The Shipwreck by Rosalind Abel

 
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Blurb

Lamont Price’s romance novels have been a hit for the past few years. With his gorgeous looks, kind heart, and tender disposition, Lamont is the darling of Lavender Shores. He’s the guy everyone wants to be their best friend, the guy everyone wants to protect. But even with his success and the love of his family, Lamont feels hidden from those around him. Maybe the first step is attending a writing conference and revealing the man behind his pen name….

Tyler Dixon survives off his beauty and charm. From cover model to runway fashion to weekend arm candy, Tyler’s prices aren’t cheap. While his appearance is taking him places, his life as an artist has little more than flatlined. When an author hires him to appear as the face of her brand, Tyler thinks it’s just one more job. Little does he know another writer is going to steal all of his attention.

Escaping the conference to find some breathing room, Lamont runs into Tyler at a bar. Casual conversation leads to Lamont revealing his family’s obsession with helping him find love. It’s not a big deal to Tyler, who has played the role of boyfriend for other people in the past. Before either of them can rethink the situation, Tyler is in Lavender Shores meeting Lamont’s family. Though they’re only pretending to be in a relationship, the chemistry that ignites between them is anything but imaginary…

Review

Another well-written book in the Lavender Shores series. This is a standalone, but it helps to have read the others in the series, if only to keep track of the other couples, family members.
Lamont is a writer who longs to write under his own name, Tyler is a romance book cover model and a professional photographer. He also moonlights in adult entertainment – (Lamont doesn’t know this – yet). Lamont needs a boyfriend for a family gathering so Tyler offers his services, (as a fake BF for hire). Both men are already attracted to each other, but both have their reasons for not trying to act on the mutual attraction – Lamont is insecure about himself, age (older) and Tyler has to prove to Lamont that his attraction is not fake.
The romance develops smoothly, that is until Lamont finds out what else Tyler does for a living – it’s not the photography 😉
What I really liked about the story is that the MC’s are flawed like most real people. They need to work on themselves before they can be whole for anyone else. There is no magic fix – Lamont gets professional help for his insecurities, Tyler goes back to his other vocation (but with changes) and he takes a chance to make his dreams of being a photographer come true.
There is one little surprise – Lamont had a bit of a kink in him! But you have to read the book to see what it is ☺
I really liked this book.
4 out of 5 stars

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Action (Murmur Inc #2) by Quinn Anderson

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Blurb

Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.

Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.

When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”

Review

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

I read the first in the Murmur Inc. series, and although I didn’t love it, I was still intrigued enough with the setting and premise of the series to continue with book 2. This one I enjoyed a lot more, even if it too drags a bit after starting out strong.

Pete is working as a porn star to pay his way through college. He is awkward in social situations and not having a lot of luck romantically, but is able to immerse himself in his character, Jayden, when he does porn. However, after a year of working the naughtiness and excitement of the work has fizzled out, but as he needs the money he jumps at a chance to do a full length feature, with an actual story behind the sex scenes. The fact that his co-worker, Kyle / Evan, is hot as sin and that the two have chemistry out the wazoo is no hardship either.

The story revolves around the shooting of the film and the real life ‘office romance’ that takes place behind the scenes between the two leads. And it is, in spite of it’s porn setting, an incredibly sweet New Adult romance.

I enjoyed the story and rooted for both MCs and their relationship, but the story was a bit too slow moving in parts to keep me fully engrossed all the way through. I do still find the setting of Murmur Inc. fascinating and the author writes in a fluid and easily read way that I find enjoyable enough, that I will probably continue the series.

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Acting Out Audiobook by Scotty Cade narrated by Randy Fuller

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Blurb

After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world. 

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Eli was in the military for 8 years, signing up in the first place to get away from an abusive, useless family situation. He saves up all his money while in the service only to find out his a**hole family has spent all his money and wrecked his car. Now he has literally one paycheck, no job prospects, a little training in a career no one is hiring for and a lot of hopelessness.

He runs into Royce at the Walmart and Royce sees someone who could fit right in with the bunch of guys he works with at hotmilitaryguys.com. Royce offers Eli money to “perform” on camera with other straight guys like him. Though he’s skeptical, nervous, embarrassed and doubtful, Eli agrees to check things out, mostly because he’s run out of options.

What he finds is that Royce is totally up front and honest, and he really does work with a bunch of straight, ex-military guys who just need the money.   He also meets Hamish, a guy who’s been there for the last 2 years for his own reasons, and is willing to show Eli the ropes.

Essentially, Eli takes to “performing” like a fish to water and he and Hamish form a “bromance” that eases the way for Eli to go from solo scenes to group scenes in the span of 2 weeks.

Though neither Eli nor Hamish will admit to being gay, it becomes clear that the two mean more to one another than just friends and both admit the chemistry between them is undeniably hot.

It’s this chemistry that gets them in trouble.

Someone is watching their growing closeness and is not happy about it. After a video of the pair is aired showing just how steamy they are together, threatening letters and emails arrive, demanding their separation “or else”.

On the relationship front, Eli can’t wrap his mind around being involved with a guy romantically and this drives a wedge between him and Hamish.

The danger of the stalker forces them together and forces them to confront their feelings for one another. Of course we have a very HFN (probably HEA).

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Most of this is really hot gay sex as discovered by a truly straight guy and it’s written very well.

The relationship between Eli and Hamish is sweet and fairly realistic and enjoyable to watch unfold.

The bit about the stalker felt a little contrived, something to force the relationship in a speedy fashion. In a way I wish the author had stuck with the main hurdle, overcoming labels and dealing with the idea that two “people” can love whomever they want, despite societal expectations. The groundwork was there and it wouldn’t have taken much more effort to forge through Eli’s barriers. Sure, the stalker did it faster, made him re-think his priorities sooner, but the pay out would have been bigger had he come to the realization on his own. (In my opinion.)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it’s fast paced and super hot. I give it a 4 of 5 hearts and recommend it to anyone who likes the GFY trope or enjoys the gay porn trope. It’s very satisfying!

4 of 5 stars

Audio

Randy Fuller is hit or miss for me. His voice fits some of the characters in this story, but he doesn’t alter his inflection much to differentiate different people. He also, vaguely, sounds like he’s upbeat all the time, regardless of the tone of the scene. As a result, he doesn’t really add much to this, as far as emotion goes. His voice is easy enough to listen to, and I didn’t catch a lot of mistakes, so it’s a fair way to experience this if you can’t or don’t want to read it. I’d give this middling marks, it wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible.

3 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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Tartan Candy Audiobook By KC Burn Narrated by David Ross

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Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.

Review
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Raven is an ex-porn star who never regretted his profession. He gets injured in a way that leaves horrible scarring and the result is an end to his career and a huge dent in his self-esteem. He takes jobs as an escort – minus the sex – to make ends meet and that’s where he meets Caleb.

Caleb is in the closet, an HVAC expert and hot. He fixes Raven’s AC one night and the two strike up a slow burn attraction/relationship.

The chemistry between them is heated, but Caleb’s reluctance to come out and Raven’s personal fears keep them apart for a bit.

Eventually they give in to temptation and they find that there’s more to their attraction than lust and they begin to build a relationship. But… they’re both hiding things and when those things come out it may be the end of their budding relationship.

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There were parts of this that I just loved: the slow burn, the chemistry between the two, the very real feel to Raven’s emotions and his own ability to recognize his own vanity/needs as far as the spotlight goes, Caleb’s desire to be a “good son” and the Romance Convention connection.

Things that I didn’t like as much: I didn’t quite understand Caleb’s need to be in the closet in the first place, nor did I understand exactly why Raven hid his career for so long, and I thought the ending was abrupt – both in the climactic fight and subsequent forgiveness.

All in all, it was a captivating read with characters I really enjoyed, steamy sex, interesting secondary characters and a sweet love story.

Highly recommended 4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

David Ross is a new to me narrator.  The easiest way I can describe his narration style is : vanilla.  He added not much flair or accents to differentiate the rich and diverse cast of characters (this is set in Florida and Jaime is a main secondary character and he’s given a hint of an accent while neither Caleb nor Raven have much of one at all), though it was always easy to tell who was speaking.  He was not exactly flat in his narration style, but he didn’t have that extra polish that we see in some of the best narrators.  He was perfectly easy to listen to and never bothered me, so that definitely counts in his favor.  All in all I’d place him slightly a bit above acceptable into “good” territory.  I wouldn’t seek him out in particular but I’d absolutely listen to him again.

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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How to Deal (All Cocks Book 3) Audiobook by TM Smith Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy that can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD Detective.

Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a mirage, a façade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next ten years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks’ cockiest model.

These two strong willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their love.

Review

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From the earlier books in this series we know Kory is kind of a big drama queen. He’s hard to work with and struggles to make friends. When there’s trouble and the police get involved we meet Jon – Tristan’s brother from book 4.

Jon is a cop and doesn’t put up with a lot of drama. He puts Kory in his place but with a gentle hand.

There’s a lot of drama in this story – it’s about Kory after all!- but there’s also a lot of sentimentality and sweetness.

I had a hard time with how Jon and Kory relate to one another – sometimes with violence.  That’s just a trigger of mine and it made me uncomfortable.  

I thought the Cass part of the story was a little to good to be true, but lovely nonetheless.

We get to see how the throuple is doing as well as catch up with the guys from book one.

This wasn’t my favorite in the series, but it’s still an excellent addition to the other books and I really liked it.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Joel Leslie had a tough job here. He had to switch back and forth from a NYC accent to a Southern Drawl – over and over and over! He did a great job! I loved Jon’s accent (his whole family’s really!) and can’t wait for Tristan’s story in audio as a result! Kory’s accent was fab too and I know it had to be hard to use such distinct voices then add in Irish too! Gah! It was really well done. Joel is great with the emotion and the non-dialog parts as well. Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.25 of 5 stars (rounded to 4.5)

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Dark and Dazzling (Sassy Boyz #2) by Elizabeth Varlet

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Z doesn’t need a hero…

Azariah “Z” Hayes is a diamond. Equal parts strength and sparkle, he’s more than capable of standing on his own stilettos. So if waiting tables and stripping at The Vibe are what it takes to keep a roof over his head, well, there are worse ways to earn a living. 

Connelly is a white knight with a badge…

For NYPD detective Connelly Reid, to serve and protect is just another day at the office—even if that means protecting himself from his own true desires. He’s been curious about Z, his waiter, for months, but it’s not until he sees him in his makeup and heels that the curiosity becomes a fierce attraction. Z, despite all his over-the-top dazzle, might just be the man Connelly has been waiting for his entire life.

But when Connelly investigates underground porn and drug activity with ties to The Vibe, one thing becomes very clear—acting on what he knows is going to hurt Z, financially and emotionally. And though Connelly would love nothing more than to fix all of Z’s problems, no amount of mind-blowing sex can make Z comfortable becoming dependent on his lover. Yet if there’s one thing Connelly knows from his years on the force, it’s this: when things go bad, you need a trusted partner to have your back. 

Review

(Book one reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/fierce-fabulous-sassy-boyz-1-by-elizabeth-varlet/)

This is the second book about a group of men who like to dress in heels and makeup and dance their butts off! They all have another story to tell, another life that complicates things. In this case, Azariah – aka Z – has a history of people disappointing him. His mother believed in him and he – mostly – believes in himself, but life has a way of slapping him down just when he gets his feet under him.

Connelly is a NYPD detective who is mostly out but doesn’t advertise it. He’s got his own demons that keep him “hidden” in the background. The first hurdle the couple shares is Connelly being willing to step into the bright light that is Z’s life. Then it’s convincing Z that they are both “worth” it and able to stand the scrutiny.

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This is – maybe? – a bit darker than book one. Book one had plenty of angst and drama and I feel that Z’s drama – while a bit more “huge” in some ways – is about the same fundamental things as Ansel – making this life work when it seems to be determined to make you fail.

Connelly was less “striking” than Fitch, but no less warm and caring for Z.

There’s a time when suddenly Z decides to accept and let Connelly in and besides that point being a bit muddy for me, the rest of the story flows very smoothly and is all in all a great follow- up to book one. The next two boys have their work cut out for them as these are some hard stories to follow!

I will say that there are at least two potential triggers in this book: drug use and rape, so be warned (or read some of the spoilery reviews to see if they will bother you.)

I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next installment!

 

4.5 of 5 stars

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