Title: Twin Affairs
Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
All Evan Savage wanted was a quiet night at the bar, waiting for his boyfriend to finish his shift; what he gets instead is a nightmare. Things were complex enough when his biggest problem was the tangled sex life he and his brother Brennan share with twin lovers Alek and Luka. When a selfless act ending in terrible violence lands Evan in the hospital, Brennan and Evan’s father returns to loom over their lives, asking questions none of the four want to answer.
The young men’s relationships to each other begin to unravel as carefully drawn boundary lines are blurred and crossed. The four must question the nature of their commitments to each other, what they each want, and what to say to those relentlessly demanding the truth. When the most dangerous thing you can do is admit to who you love, and jealousy is a luxury you can no longer afford, brutal honesty is the only remaining key to salvation…
…or damnation. (M/M+)
I started in on this as soon as I had finished My Brother’s Lover. It is a far more civilised way of reading a series!
So here is a re-cap on who is seeing who:
Evan and Alek are a couple
Brennan and Luka are a couple
Evan and Brennan are in love (they are identical twins in a sexual relationship)
Alek and Luka are in love (they are identical twins in a sexual relationship)
Brennan has been with Alek sexually
Book 2 starts up only a short time after book 1 finished. Charlie has still not been home to visit so the twins are pretty free to continue on with their unusual relationship. Evan is still full of doubts over every aspect of his life but Aleks love is proving very good for him.
On a night when Alek is working in the bar Evan accompanies him to give Luka and Brennan a bit of personal time. Evan gets caught up in a mindless and very violent attack on a young man and ends up in hospital with some very serious injuries.
Things change that night. Alek is inconsolable, he feels directly responsible for not being there and not being able to protect Evan. This way of thinking is so ingrained from the way he has always looked after Luka that something changes in him. Brennan is terrified of losing his virtually new twin brother and is thrust back into the nightmare of watching someone he loves lying in a hospital bed causing him to relive the pain of his mothers recent demise in a hospice. Luka, usually the one to just follow the orders of his stronger and more self assured brother, finds himself having to take on more responsibility and be the strong one for both his brother and his lover.
Attitudes don’t improve when Evan is sent home to recuperate. The fear of him being in any pain alters the way everyone treats him and for the first time the 4 men seem splintered. Evan is once again left feeling lonely and unloved, something he was accustomed to growing up and turns in on himself more and more. He is left frustrated and saddened which in turn affects the dynamics of the whole group.
Yet again there is real depth to these characters. Writing a book with 4 MC’s especially 2 sets of twins could have lent itself to more of a porn without plot scenario. This is still the story of 4 men, each with their own baggage and unique personalities but it is not dealing with just their sex lives but concentrates more on the dynamics of making this unique relationship work. There is certainly no glossing over the issues that come with what the 4 men are doing, issues are met and written about head on.
Two things happen to change everything: Luka crosses a line and Charlie, Evan and Brennans father, returns home for a visit. These two things are a catalyst for all the men and send things out of control. The one that suffers most is Evan and he is in real pain whilst trying to work out how he should go forward. When he takes a few days for himself it becomes very clear just how vital he is to the other 3 men, he is the glue that keeps them all together.
Facing up to your life choices is difficult enough for most people. To have to navigate a taboo relationship, in more ways than one, takes a lot of strength and determination. All 4 men, but especially Evan, have to reach a point where they are comfortable living with their decisions. I loved this second book in the series. There is certainly scope for another book to catch up with the boys and see how they manage with their complex relationship. I just hope Lynn Kelling feels the same way! 😉
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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