Different Strokes by Nico Jaye ~ Review by Brandilyn

cover39629-mediumTitle: Different Strokes

Author: Nico Jaye

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Publication Status: Available 11 Dec 2013  (available for pre-order now)

Genre: M/M Romance

Themes: Athletes

ISBN: 9781620042953

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

From the Publisher:

When his regular masseuse is called away on a family emergency, Tomas does not expect Darren, her temporary replacement, to be such an attractive distraction. Tomas has always been a serious, no-nonsense type of swimmer; after all, elite competition leaves no room for unprofessional conduct. However, he finds it extremely difficult to stay on the right side of the professional line with Darren tending to his needs.

My View:

My first experience with Nico Jaye was a very sweet, free, story BTW, I Love You. (Written for the M/M Romance Groups, Love Has No Boundaries event.)  Something about her writing style just really spoke to me.  So, I jumped at the chance to review her newest offering Different Strokes.  I adored this book.  It is the story of unrequited lust at first sight and slow burn romance as told in 6 vignettes.  The vignette style can be done well and can be done badly.  Jaye does it right.  Each vignette is a pivotal moment in the relationship between Tomas and Darren with enough clues to what happens in between, but the monotony of day to day interactions is left to the reader’s imagination.

When Tomas first meets Darren, He feels an instant attraction but Darren is not available.  Rather than torture himself, Tomas takes himself out of the situation.  Fast forward a year and they meet again, but still they must each refrain from each other.  I loved that, even though it was lust at first site (at least on Tomas’ part), both men were upstanding, professional, and responsible for their actions.  I loved that when they final did get together, It was obviously more than just great sex.  I loved that the kitchen sex scene was one of the hottest I have read this year.

I waffled between 4 and 5 stars for this one.  Usually for a 5* review I have to cry, or at least get choked up at some point in the story (or feel some other emotion equally strongly).  This was a very low angst romance, but it was told so well that I had to give Ms. Jaye the credit.

Buy Links:
Less Than Three Press (Pre-Order)

I would like to thank Less Than Three Press and NetGalley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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