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- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y61Y67L
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This leads to several misunderstandings, with Shannon assuming Rory won't want him unless he gives Rory what he wants in bed (anytime he tries to bring up the idea of more "traditional" sex, Rory quickly loses interest and expresses his disappointment), and Rory assumes someone as great as Shannon could never want him. Especially since Rory's fiercely dedicated to his difficult to deal with older brother, whom nearly everyone else has given up on due to his propensity for getting into trouble.
As Shannon tries to live up to the fantasy he thinks Rory has created of him, and Rory deals with his brother, arrogant ex-boyfriend, and non-supportive friends, things finally come to a head. Luckily, after much angst, arguing, and more steamy sex, the two men do wind up with their happily ever after.
All the characters were believable, and likable, though I found Rory's selfishness in the bedroom to be irritating. He never at any point asked Shannon what he wanted, and when Shannon tried to steer things in a different direction he openly resisted.It was always about what he wanted, with Shannon's desires kind of pushed to the back burner due to the fact that Rory just assumes they both want the same thing. Shannon does come to the realization that he likes the rough sex with Rory, and likes being controlling and dominating, but I wound up feeling badly for him that Rory spent so much time assuming rather than listening.
This was an excellent read, though, with all the things I love about Davitt and Snow's books: steamy sex, great characters, well-written story, a bit of angst, and an HEA.
When Rory sells his motorcycle to a guy named Shannon, he makes assumptions of who Shannon might be, just based on how he looks. After all, the guy is buying a motorcycle, right? And he’s a big, tall, muscular man with longish hair and a beard, so he must be into rough sex, right? And when he takes Rory up on his proposition for a one-night stand, it’s bound to be more than vanilla, right? What follows is a hot, up-against-the-wall banging in a somewhat public place that turns Rory’s world upside down. Little does he know, however, that it shakes Shannon’s world as well because the big guy is really not into kinky sex—he just went along with Rory’s suggestion—but what he got was so amazing he might be willing to do it again.
The two progress in their relationship, sometimes two steps forward and three steps back, though, as Rory is loving the sex, but not realizing how scared Shannon is about his own strength, and the possibility of hurting Rory, and also of how much he loves it. And then there’s Rory’s brother, Jude. Unfortunately, Jude comes between them—as he has with every one of Rory’s lovers previously—when the two move from just sex into what looks like it might become a relationship. Rory is overprotective of Jude, even though he’s actually older. He displays all the signs of a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome adult, his mother having given birth and then leaving him with his birth father who remarried and had Rory. So Jude is actually Rory’s half-brother, but the whole family overlooks that and has been trying to keep him out of trouble for years. Rory is worst of all—to the point of being controlling.
Shannon’s no-nonsense attitude goes a long way toward helping Rory see that he may be too invested in Jude, and Shannon’s relationship with Jude, who now works as an apprentice with him, is based on that no-nonsense attitude, to which Jude responds well. Unfortunately, along the way of their crazy sex life—but non-romantic relationship—Shannon finally breaks when Rory pushes things too far and he scares the hell out of the big man. And Shannon starts to think Rory doesn’t want what Shannon can offer outside the bedroom. Rory sees him as just a construction worker as opposed to Rory who is a professional. Or at least, that’s how Rory’s attitude appears to Shannon, who finally despairs that they’ll ever get to romance, love, and happy ever after.
After a spectacular breakup, the two call it quits, but when Jude gets into trouble again, this time he may be in too far over his head, and Rory knows the only man he can turn to for help is Shannon.
I loved these characters. They were very real and their relationship unbelievably rough and hot, and yet, there was more to it than sex and it was easy for readers to see that. The authors did a great job setting up the plot of the story, fleshing out the characters, including the secondary characters like Rory’s friends and family, and creating realistic life situations.
And a private aside to the author—thank you for your accurate depiction of a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. This is the first book in which my career choice has been mentioned in a respectable way. No shaming, no slamming of food choices—just a regular human being interested in helping people make healthy food choices and yet eating normally himself. Not a doc, just an average guy who pursued a degree and internship and now works in a respected profession. As an RD/N myself, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this depiction of Rory’s profession.
This was a 5 star story for me, and I’m looking forward to many more stories from these authors in the future. I highly recommend this one to all lovers of MM romance and if you have a yearning for a bit of kink, by all means, don’t miss this one.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I really enjoyed this story. Rory goes out on a limb to have a one night stand with Shannon and take a walk on the wild side. Shannon tries to keep up with Rory’s requests but it just seems to go farther and farther out of his comfort zone.
Rory makes an immediate assumption of Shannon’s life and just keeps pushing for more. I can see how awkward both of these characters are in their first interaction and most of those following but neither of them seems to be able to tell that anything is off about the other.
Rory just wants the chance to actually have sex since he hasn’t in a long time but he doubts that anyone will want to have a relationship with him and the drama that his brother brings. Shannon works hard but doesn’t realize how much he wants a real relationship until Rory peaks his interest. We can see how each character feels during their encounters through their eyes but they both hide so much inside from each other. These two are the kings of not talking to each other, they would talk in questions and around in circles, which hurt their ability to really know what the other was thinking. That said the story was great and the sex scenes were hot.
Cover art by Valerie Tibbs is great and gives nice visuals of the main characters.
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Rating: 4 stars out of 5
First impressions fool recently dumped Rory into thinking Shannon’s a walk...Read more