Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/07/2010
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Devlin Morgan and Gradyn Connell have one thing on their minds when they meet in a bar one Friday night in San Francisco. One good, hard fuck.
After the hell he’s been through, Gradyn knows the young man sitting at the end of the bar–with his sweet nervousness and beautiful face–is just what he needs. And Gradyn has absolutely no problem getting up to say hello.
Devlin knows inviting muscle-bound, tattooed Gradyn to his motel room is the riskiest thing he’s ever done, but there’s something in the man’s warm green eyes that tells Devlin everything will be all right.
One explosive encounter in Devlin’s motel room is the plan. Only, it turns out one hot fuck isn’t enough for either man. Dinner afterward leads to another round in bed, and what follows is a weekend together that stirs more emotions than either Devlin or Gradyn ever expected to feel.
Fast forward five years. Devlin has never forgotten Gradyn but he has moved on with his life. That is, until he walks into his sister’s workplace and comes face to face with the man from his wild weekend in San Francisco.
Except, this man is calling himself Garrick Langley. This man is a shell of the man Devlin remembers and hardly looks like the same person. And the biggest kick in Devlin’s gut? This Garrick Langley pretends he doesn’t know Devlin at all.
No. Fucking. Way.
Devlin doesn’t care what this man looks like or that he has a new name. Garrick Langley is Gradyn Connell, and they both know it. Devlin is a lot more secure in his own skin now, and he wants answers. This Garrick had better look out because Devlin won’t stop until he uncovers every one of Gradyn’s secrets.
I enjoyed Devlin and Garrick’s story. There was good tension and mystery. I kept reading because these men had a history and Garrick had a past that needed to be told. The hints kept me glued to my seat as the author slowly revealed Garrick’s story. I liked that Garrick had depth and had a history and struggles outside of his relationship with Devlin. I liked learning about who he was and how he came to be Garrick, not only the man newly moved to Redemption, but the Garrick who used to be Gradyn. I liked watching him find his home with Devlin and learn to start again.
The sexual tension between Devlin and Garrick was outstandingly portrayed. There was never a question in my mind that these men were compatible and HOT in the bedroom. The love between them was great too. Even without all the flashbacks, it was easy to see them both struggle with a love that hit them hard and fast. I felt it too so the fact that it happened over a weekend five years in the past didn’t matter. Because it was tangible and believable.
My biggest issue with this story was that I struggled a little bit with the flashbacks. Not only were they oddly placed and abrupt like the first book, but they were confusing because of the Gradyn/Garrick naming convention. I almost wish the author would have just done this linearly, giving me all of the first encounter at the start of the novel and then switching solely to the present. I think this story would have benefitted greatly if the flashbacks had been handled differently.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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