Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Anything goes during Carnival, and two men are about to discover just how hot the nights can get in Rio.
A long-time member of a samba school, Pablo knows that Carnival in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro is always hot, and the tall, sexy man he hooks up with during the festivities is even hotter. He usually doesn’t go back for repeats, but something about Diego has him working harder than he ever has to try to meet up again.
Diego travels all over the world on the pro beach volleyball tour, but has found that the sexiest man he’s ever met lives right there in Rio. After a few false starts, they finally seem to hit a groove, but as time goes on, ghosts from Pablo’s past begin to affect their present.
It’s tough being the partner of a professional athlete, competing with travel, fans and training for their limited time. Pablo’s always been let down by people who found it easy to leave him behind. Is he prepared to accept what Diego can offer?
This was a very sexual and sensual story. The basis for these men’s relationship was sex and then they grew into more. I was a bit confused at first as to why the men wanted more that a one night stand. It seemed a bit forced in my opinion, but once they started on the path to a relationship, I forgot all that confusion as their journey was a good one. The men were HOT together yet very romantic and loving as well. I was very satisfied with their interactions and the way the authors portrayed their emotional bond. I really felt their connection.
My biggest issue with this story was the blurb. The write up implied that Pablo had ghosts from his past that threaten or impact his present with Diego. The story itself did not bring this to fruition. In fact, it really felt like Pablo’s ghosts were an after thought that was thrown in to give the story angst. But for me it really didn’t work out. Pablo’s ghosts appeared for like one paragraph or two and really had no impact on their relationship or the story itself. Had this been better developed and incorporated into the entirety of the story, it could have been good, but I just felt like it was not needed and definitely was not a large enough part of the story to warrant being included in the back page matter.
I also felt that Carlos and Sophia’s side story was left hanging just as most of the side stories in this series have been to date. And I really fell in love with Thiago and hope he will get a story of his own in the future. He is already a great character and his story could be fantastic.
Overall though, this was a very low angst and romantic story. Carnival was fun and so was learning about physical therapy and volley ball. But for me the love and passion between these men was well done and stole the show.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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