Best, Close To Me, and Crossing Lines by Mick Crocker ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Close-to-Me Title: Best, Close To Me, and Crossing Lines

Author: Mick Crocker

Publisher: Self Published

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Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars


High school seniors Mark and Jeff have always been best friends. Jeff coming out of the closet doesn’t affect their relationship, nor does Mark’s girlfriend. However, everything changes when Mark has his heart broken. Jeff proves he really is the best and is willing to do whatever it takes to make Mark feel better, even if that includes admitting his deepest desires.

Close to Me:
Can two men with a previously adversarial relationship get over the past and move onto something new?
Titus and Silas haven’t always gotten along but after his divorce Silas is looking at life in a new way. That includes his friendship with Titus.
Learning Titus is gay shocks Silas, but he doesn’t let it affect their renewed closeness. However, when Titus makes another confession it may be more than Silas can handle.

Crossing Lines:
Eddie has been living with his cousin Leo since the death of his parents. Eddie is grateful for everything Leo has given up for him, including a sex life. He wants to do what he can to help Leo but what he does crosses the line of normal family relations.
Leo forgives Eddie for crossing the line but he can’t stop thinking about what happened between them. Can Leo and Eddie deal with the changes in their relationship without losing the closeness they once had?

My View:

These stories are what they are. They are not supposed to be magnum opera. They are not supposed to be deep and philosophical. They are not supposed to be anything but little fun, hot times. As such, they do a great job. They could use an editor and/or proofreader, but for the word counts what you get is a hot time with platonic persons that decide to take it to the next level.

Are the premises believable? Probably not, but who cares. The point is the two horny main characters get together and get it on. What is there is well written, and you care about the main character on some level in only a short time. Did I mention they were f**ing hot? Yeah, let us not forget that.

Best 3.5

Best is about two lifelong friends, one straight and one gay, who use a breakup as an excuse to have some fun together. Well, it may be more than just fun, but that isn’t the point of the scene. The point is the first gay experience for Mark at the hands of his gay best friend Jeff, who has had a crush for years.

Close to Me 3.5

I will say that Close to Me was even HOTTER than Best because there was a level of the forbidden involved. Titus and Silas are foster brothers with about a decade separating their ages. Silas is straight. Silas knows he shouldn’t want Titus. However, when Titus made his intentions clear, Silas went for it. Titus, for his part, never seemed to care he maybe shouldn’t want Silas. Their relationship grows somewhat slowly, well as slowly as it can in under 6,000 words.

Though I will reiterate my “it is what it is” stance with this story, I would not mind a longer story for these two. There is a lot between them that could be explored. Their’s is a complex relationship… or it could be.

Crossing Lines 4

First, I will say that there are a few themes in this one that may put some people off. It would certainly be classified in the “taboo” spectrum. The Main characters are first cousins (well assumed first cousins, they are cousins non-the-less). There is also a little bit of dub consent setting up the coupling. If you can get past the taboo label, what you have is a hot as hell look at cousins becoming more.

Buy Links

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I would like to thank the publisher 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.

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