Title: My Brother’s Lover
Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Growing up gay in a small town with no mother, Evan Savage learned the hard way to cherish his secrets above all else. Now he’s 18, not even his father can hurt him anymore. When his long-lost twin brother Brennan shows up out of nowhere looking for a new home, Evan’s world, and his very identity, comes crashing down around him all over again. Brennan treats nothing as sacred in his search for a family connection after their mother’s death.
Frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan. The sweetness of first love with twin brothers Alek and Luka leads them find in each other things they never knew they had lost…
…and lures them all into danger. (M/M+)
Lynn Kelling has totally done it again! This book is exactly what the title says but so much more. Imagine getting to be 18 and discovering you had an identical twin. Imagine getting to 18 and discovering your mother, who you knew nothing about, had just died and your identical twin was about to come crashing into your life and move into your home. Imagine getting to 18 when you first meet your identical twin and you think he is hot!
Evan is a character that you cannot fail to fall in love with right from the start. No mother and a father that spends most of his time away from home with work. Bullied at school, lacking in friends, knowing he is gay but never being brave enough to admit it because then everything the bullies have said would be true. His one saving grace is his family friend Jimmy, who he feels he owes his life to.
Evan has never felt whole. He struggles daily with low self esteem and feelings of self doubt. When he first meets Brennan, his twin, he finds himself overcome with a feeling of completeness. The two young men form a very deep bond quickly and seem to fill a gap in each others psyche.
Perhaps as strange as finding out you have an identical twin is that you both, at separate times, meets new love interests that are also identical twins. Evan meets Alek in what is supposed to be a casual bar hook up but from the first moment Alek is smitten and won’t settle until he sees Evan again. Brennan meets Luka at the gym and is smitten straight away and agrees to go out for dinner with him.
Alek and Luka are older than Evan and Brennan. They rely on each other totally for everything having escaped from their miserable mother. Their first years away from home took them to some dark places that neither will ever forget although they have tried to forgive. They have a complicated relationship, although they see other people their sexual encounters are also tied up with each other and neither man will make any apologies for it. They truly need each other to survive. I loved how intense their relationship was.
With 1 set of identical twins that love each other falling for another set of identical twins, whose lines are blurring, things become complicated. I love the depth of writing in the relationships, not just between two people, but between four. This book has a lot of imaginative and kinky sex but it also has a great story, and furthermore it is a story about four people. Each one is broken or damaged, each one needs something different and each one brings something very different to this unorthodox relationship.
Lynn Kelling has put another great story out there that kept me up reading until the very early hours as I could just not put it down. Yes, it is taboo. Yes, it won’t be to everyones taste. Yes, if this is your cup of tea you will love it!
Now straight on to Book 2…… Watch this space 😉
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