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- Print Length: 342 pages
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- Publisher: Barbara Elsborg (October 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M2Y0QEY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved both the MC's, Kell & Gethin, and felt their instant attraction and chemistry. I really don't like the insta-love but this worked for me. I'm not sure I'd call it insta-love but maybe insta-need. Their first sex scene I didn't know if I wanted to laugh or cry. Both MC's were funny, brave and damaged in their own way. As F up both their lives were, they each had a certain strength that kept them going. I've read books where the character is dealt a bad hand in life and they whine, drown in self pity or worse- cry throughout. No man cry babies here. You felt their emotions, the frustration, fear, anger, hopelessness but it didn't bog the book down. I enjoyed how their lives intertwined in the plot and was rooting for them to be together and have a HEA, right to the end.
I felt for Gethin and the situation he was in with Jonnie. He hated it but Jonnie had no one and how do you walk away. He was stuck and there was no win/win situation. And I don't know what it says about me that I wanted to smack Jonnie who was disabled. I could understand how Jonnie became needy and depressed but how it affected Gethin made it hard to sympathize -mostly because it was unfair. This wasn't a negative to the book for me though. It gave me a better love for Gethin.
I loved Gethin's friendship with Angel (and Henry too). I loved the interaction between the two. So many laughs- what Angel made Gethun wear and do at an event they were catering 😂😂😂😂 or the text Gethin sends from the club to Angel after he finds out Angel tricked him about the theme for the night😂😂😂😂. As much as Angel "annoyed" Gethin, he was a really good friend and supporter and I was happy Gethin had him in his corner. I love Angel and think he stole every scene he was in.
Kell was in a crap situation too. Part of me was asking why is he letting himself stay but I think the author explained it well enough for me to buy it. The abuse he had to endure by his "boss", Malek was hard to read. Kell was quick witted but sometimes his sarcasm scared me for him. You didn't know what would work or set Malik off and Kell had to navigate his way through it. Some times the abuse was just unavoidable. It was also disconcerting, kind of stomach rolling, because you saw how Malik had some feelings toward Kell even though he abused him. Also, not a negative to the book that I had these feels. It too made feel that much more for Kell.
What I didn't like about the book was Kell's brother, Oliver, and the ridiculousness of his character. He hates Kell for no reason and it was clearly written that he hates him for no reason. None at all but that he was born. Oliver tried to kill Kell a few times (on his birthdays no less). He could be a psychopath but his hate seemed limited to Kell. I felt the author added 'crazy' Oliver just to further a plot point. There were so many better ways to do it.
This book could have been 5 stars for me but for Oliver and the last part of the book. I had "huh?" moments where some of the characters actions/reactions were unbelievable. For me, it took away from some of the other end scenes that should have been very emotional.
Overall I feel Barbara Elsborg got me out of my MM book slump and am now going to search for more of her works.
I was quite pleased with how engaging a story she has given to us. The two main characters, Kell and Gethin, have a chance encounter at a birthday party for a friend. Both Kell and Gethin were extraordinarily engaging, likable, and endearing in quite different ways.
I could practically feel Gethin's grumbling as he had to help out a friend by working as a waiter at a huge party his friend was catering. Gethin's observations, his reluctance, his griping -- it all was terribly real.
Kell was a different case for me. I came to like him as much, but it took me quite a while to get there. Part of this was because he was undercover so the Kell we meet initially is not the real Kell. But that turns out to be a good thing when we see how his "boyfriend", Marek, misuses him.
Marek is Eastern European muscle hired to work security at the same club where Kell worked. Kell had been selected for the assignment for two reasons: he was gay, and he was good looking. He hated Marek, but he needed to get close to him to get closer to mastermind of the entire operation. It was imperative that Kell learn how extensive an operation he was trying to take down.
The first time Kell and Gethin got together was not an overwhelming success, but the second time was far better, and the third time was knock your socks off hot. Before either of them knew it was happening, they were becoming very taken with the other, but that connection came with entirely too much baggage for Kell and went against Gethin's very nature.
The writing was clear, the story was well plotted, and the characters were lovable. I give this book probably a 4 out of 5 and would have no hesitation recommending it to someone else to read.
The adventure sequences with Kell and Gethin were griping and kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put the book down during those scenes - they were so vivid I felt like I was right there with them.
The only reason I didn't give the book five stars was that I found a couple of weak points. The first point is simply that if Kell is so deeply undercover, he would never have gone to see his brother, called his father, and he most definitely would not have gone to a friend's birthday party along with hundreds of other guests. Had he truly been undercover, this simply would not have happened. Those who go undercover go deeply undercover, severing all ties with their real lives and completely assume the character of the person they are pretending to be. They do not take breaks to go back to their real lives, even briefly, and certainly not publicly. Kell is trying to take down a criminal ring that extended far beyond the doors of the club where he worked, so he could not risk being seen by anyone who could recognize him and get work back to the club owner and/or Marek that Kell was really a cop.
I found the entire storyline with Jonnie to be cumbersome and annoying. In my view, he could be deleted from the story and it would be improved by making the story flow better. Every time the narration shifted to him I groaned.
The storyline involving Dieter was good, but Dieter could have been given a bit more of a personality. He was a bit of a cardboard cutout and could have been much richer since he played a somewhat pivotal role in one part of the book. Also Dieter went through an amazing transformation going from sheltered high school student to slutpuppy stripping in a gay club - I would love to have seen a bit of the progression of how he got from one to the other.
I close on a positive note. I absolutely adored Angel and Henry and their two dogs. Angel was a perfect combination mother/father/dirty old man for Gethin. I loved him. When he and Henry were getting Gethin into the leather harness so he could go into a gay club on BDSM night, I laughed. Seeing how Kell helped Gethin use that harness later on was hot. Want to know more? Read the book.
I was one of those readers however, who did put the book aside after reading the first chapter. I found the initial chapter too dark as Kell's story jumped right into the angst that I usually need to warm up to.
I am glad that I revisited the book a week later and found the story arc was not disappointing as my heart was slamming against my rib cage, my fingertips ready to proceed to turn another page. I was totally at the mercy of Barbara's Elsborg's writing. All I can do is turn another page and I loved it. I was moved emotionally and must say Barbara has a good grasp of her genre. She captures and handles the intimacy beautifully. Well done!
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