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Encore By Ruth Clampett

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Blurb

When shy programmer, Charlie, is dragged to a “Magic Mike” club in Hollywood by his co-workers, the last thing he expects is to be pulled onstage. But when he’s approached by Ramon, a dancer whose only focus is to bring him pleasure, something awakens in Charlie that can’t be denied.

Yet heated attraction only goes so far when one man dreams of true love and a life finally fulfilled, and the other is still grieving the one he lost, and the mistake that cost him everything.

Can a realist and a dreamer from two different worlds move forward and build a future together, or will their painful pasts keep them from fulfilling their destiny?

***This standalone is a M/M love story with graphic sex.***

Review

This is a story of leaving the past in the past. That by doing that you have the opportunity to see what is in front of you and ahead. Charlie is so wrapped up in taking care of his sister, hiding in the closet, and regrets of his past choices that he is just walking through life with no plans or goals. Ramon has run from his past only to find that it has followed him from Miami to L. A.

I get the impression that this book was plotted out with certain events the MC’s needed to get through and then as an afterthought tied together. There are 3 or 4 swells of intense emotions and situations in the story and then a conclusion to that episode, only to move to the next one. I liked how one MC’s impression of themselves is so opposite to how the other MC sees them.

I liked the storyline I just felt like it was too planned.

3.5 of 5 stars

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