In a battle of the alpha males, who will end up on top?
On the surface, Derek “Call me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple. He’s happy doing up campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. But life gets more complicated when a smooth-talking, handsome property developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet—the very same man Dare had to escort from a party nine months ago for causing a drunken scene.
Grant Matravers is living a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, soon-to-be-divorced gay man while staying in the closet during the week. The strain of keeping up appearances at work while missing his kids is bad enough, but add in an attraction to the shaven-headed, tattooed, totally unsuitable Dare and Grant finds his emotional barriers wearing dangerously thin.
Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges towards a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a mess of complications that could destroy any chance for their happily ever after.
Product Warnings: Contains one sharp-suited man desperately in need of redemption, another whose thuggish exterior does a pretty good job of hiding his heart of gold, frotting in camper vans, a sensual head-shaving scene and several (noisy) guest appearances from Mas.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
Grant has been a closeted gay man all his life but he’s finally getting to live his life. Slowly but surely. He’s not looking for anything serious. He just wants to do his job and take care of his girls. Dare works hard renovating campers and he’s not about to give up his riverfront property so some developer can build more high priced condos. When the two clash with what they want, Grant and Dare find themselves unable to keep away from each other. But will Grant’s secrets and Dare’s complicated family be too much to overcome?
“As Grant walked back home, Dare’s words circled round and round in his head. Was he really a man with no dreams? He’d always had plenty of goals, but dreams were something else, by the sound of it. Was that what was wrong with his life? Why he’d never been happy? He’d always blamed that on the whole being-a-gay-man-in-a-straight-marriage dilemma, but he didn’t have that excuse any longer.
Perhaps he needed to start dreaming. The trouble was, he didn’t know where to begin.”
This was just one of those good stories where opposites attract. Grant has some complications in his life with separating from his wife, trying to get visitation with his girls and dealing with an overpowering boss at work. Dare is a tattooed, shaven head mechanic who lives in a caravan on some property his boss wants. Although they seem at odds, this really was a sweet romance as they both don’t think the other one is serious. But don’t get me wrong. There is a LOT of physical scenes between the two guys. When they are together things get hot and steamy very quickly! Both men have a lot more emotions running under the surface and I loved seeing how they’d work through them. The epilogue was so inspiring. So heartwarming.
This series is quirky and fun. I liked all of the different personalities in each story and really became invested in their lives. Who knew even with you have a nemesis in one story that there is a redeemable guy hiding underneath!
About the Author
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.
Website and blog: josephinemyles.com/
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