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One Shot

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  444 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Nick Carlyle understands the intricacies of his job better than anyone. He lives to crunch those numbers and his skills are valued throughout the company. If his personal life might be lacking, he doesn't notice, especially whenever he steals a harmless glance or two at Riley Jameson's tight body.

When a universal flu shot is developed, it's hailed as a miracle, and rightly
ebook, 133 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Loose ID (first published 2009)
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Mar 05, 2013 julio rated it liked it
Shelves: novella
stupid. also hot. also stupid-hot.


a dumb structural choice derails what was shaping up to be a smokin' hot one-handed read.

whaaaaaaaat a fuckin' tragedy, man.

i was lit-up like times square.

the ridiculous premise was a little annoying—until it made possible some even more ridiculously hot smexorcize—but then the story dribbles limply to an unsatisfying conclusion after 30 pages of off-screen sex and on-screen discussion.

i am baffled. how could anyone imagine various business meetings and trainin
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I loved this nice, easy, yaoi-ish read. I got into the story right away and really dug the sci-fi-lite elements. I liked that Nick was clueless and adorable and a nerd to boot (love sexy nerds!). The whole story worked for me. The only element that I didn't love was (view spoiler) ...more
Emma Sea
Mar 05, 2013 Emma Sea marked it as honestly-ill-never-get-around-to-it
Books I have to read because the MC Love Interest has a super-strong cock that rips through his jeans.
Apr 08, 2013 Camille rated it liked it
Recommended to Camille by: ttg was alright, nothing special.

I won't analyse some of the character inconsistencies and irregular introductions of traits etc.

What I will comment on is the biggest issue here for me. This was diluted, kool-aid yaoi.

Okay, (for example) have you ever read a book purporting to be dub-con but the author seems scared of the actual elements of dub-con and so softens it to such an extent that what you actually end up reading is one MC biting his/her lips and "Yes, I want to, but maybe we shoul
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

Taboo Office Affairs with a Wickedly Delicious Twist!

One shot for immunity,
One shot for aesthetic pursuit,
One shot for love

Afterall the path of our life depends on all those one shots (opportunities) we choose to take in life. There's no rewind or playback buttons in life. That's not a bad thing really if you were to see it as a catalyst to push us to live our life to the fullest and a cause to cherish what we have. Doesn't this makes everything you have sweeter and your journey more worthwhile?
Mar 27, 2013 ttg rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, reviews
A fun, light read with an interesting sci-fi spin. Your mileage will vary with this book depending on how much you like these points:

Yaoi and yaoi tropes: One Shot is very reminiscent of reading a lighter, comedic yaoi manga in print, with its big strong Seme and smaller Uke characters, the ridiculous situations that can stem with sudden growth spurts, and when the Uke is protesting during the beginning of the sexy times but is won over by the overpowering will of the Seme as well as the Uke’s o
Tiya Rosa
Oct 10, 2012 Tiya Rosa rated it really liked it
You know that annoying MC everybody - and I mean everybody - obviously likes and has a hard-on for but is still irritatingly unaware and would just shrug off the attention and sometimes misinterpret it? Yeah, I know, Mary Calmes has a template and uses it pretty much on all of her books. Well, Nick is like that only - plot twist! - the reader is also unaware of all the attention until it's spelled out. This reader, anyway. God knows with the way my brain has been working, there might have been n ...more
Valentina Heart
Apr 08, 2011 Valentina Heart rated it really liked it
After a minor glitch I did finish this book, and honestly I don't know what I was thinking when I stopped reading it in the first place. I'm crazy about this author's work, but somehow I always manage to forget it.

I think I had the wrong impression about Riley at first and the whole situation freaked me out, but I should have known better than to listen to Nick.

This story is pretty much wonderful. No one can write the size difference as good as McBride, and no matter how many times I read about
Lilia Ford
Cute, quick read. I kept thinking it would get darker, but instead it got sweeter. It reminded me a lot of Kari Gregg's Collared, (though I think One Shot was written earlier) but not nearly as psycho. Psycho that I am, I tend to go for a bit more power play, so I kept hoping to see Nick get pushed around more. Basically, Riley's a big teddy bear, and Nick's a bit neurotic and oblivious, but otherwise they're pretty adorable together. Extra points for some very sizzling office sex.

Perfect pick
Mar 05, 2013 Ayanna rated it it was amazing
*insert meme here*
Can't tell is sci-fi or magic realism...

I think it's sci-fi, but it has the feel of magic realism.

And man does McBride have a thing for size differences.
And a lot of the time, I feel like it's operating on porn-logic O_o
His shoulders hit Riley's stomach? Da fuq?
If his head's at his chest-ish...
...I don't think you know what "stomach" means...
Unless they're talking about the position of the actual stomach (which no one uses, just like no one uses the actual position of the heart
Don Bradshaw
Apr 10, 2011 Don Bradshaw rated it it was amazing
This book was a great , fun read. My hat is off to you Mr. McBride. Nick Carlyle is a number cruncher for an international company. He uses his analytical and problem solving skills to work his way up the corporate ladder. Nick's biggest flaw is that he is emotionally oblivious to everyone. Riley Jameson works in Nick's department and has been crazy about him since day one but is just another number in Nick's mind. A fluke side effect from a flu shot finally gives Riley the nerve to approach Ni ...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
You know that moment when you're just plodding along, just starting out a book, then you reach this point, this moment when you're like YES!, this is going to be a book I'm gonna have a blast reading. Well I had that moment in this book, and fairly early on as well.

After reading this book I had this deep, heavy feeling of laziness in my gut from the satisfaction of a good old fun fluff read.

I have to agree with some other reviewers, it's a bit of a weird book and concept. It seems that McBride
Oct 12, 2009 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, sci-fi
I have to admit it was the cover which first caught my eye for this book. It's rather striking, isn't it? After reading the blurb and extract I decided that this sounded like a light, fun read. It was.

The book begins with a very self-assured Nick. He's happy with his height and looks. He's secure in his place in the company where he works leading a team of accountants and he's frankly quite smug about his possibilities for promotion in the future. All this starts to change when a new flu injecti
Dec 15, 2012 Paisley rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I liked this book - I didn't loooooove it but it was certainly entertaining enough. The premise behind it is intriguing and I like books with imagination.

I think it could have used some more romance though. It was not edgy enough to be heartless and not mushy enough to be romantic - it sorta hovered in a gray zone of detachment. I really like first person narratives. When stories are written in first person I usually get a strong emotional connection with the character but I didn't wit
Oct 04, 2009 Betryal rated it really liked it
Nick was endearing with his shrinkage in height. Taking into consideration that this book couldn't have been better timed with the second wave of H1N1 that's upon us a new spin was added to the flu season for me. It lightened up the fear over it that tends to consume us. Now IF only we can get a flu shot that would provide the symptoms of height, strength and attraction I'd be a happy camper over a feared needle.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Dec 23, 2009 DarienMoya rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-m-m-lovin
The concept of this book is totally unique. If only there was a shot to make you become something more extraordinary than you are. Just imagine the line up. Pffft swine flu what, get me the shot that makes me hotter.
Nerine Petros
Oct 24, 2010 Nerine Petros rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book...have read it over about 20 times, just can't get enough of it!
Jun 11, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its weird, odd and completely endearing.

I adored both main characters.
Elisa Rolle
I'm not new to the "muscle growth" books by Rowan McBride, but everytime I'm in awe at how enthralled they made me. There is something in this play of contraposition, a big strong body that can overshadow another smaller one, but at the same time being a protection against the world... I don't know, I think it's my kink. Actually I have always loved the story where the male partner is bigger than the female one, in het romance it's easy to find, not so much in manlove. With her exaggeration of t ...more
Oct 06, 2010 Angel rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I read this book awhile ago and waited to give it a review because I was so angry after having read it that I was afraid I would insult and cuss out the author and all the “lovely” people who agreed with her assessment that unless you are over 5’8”, gorgeously god-like and have a body full of steroid induced muscles (ie: your typical mm MC) you aren’t worthy of love. I guess making fun of people’s height is one of the last excepted prejudices. My favorite m/m books are the ones with average look ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I have a number of reviews to do today so this is just going to be my notes.

I kind of feel like an outsider reading a book from a different culture or where every other page is missing or it's written in code. I don't understand what's going on, what the situation with Riley is. He's just growing and keeps making mistakes. The MC just isn't acting like a boss. He's not nipping the come ons in the bud or talking to Riley about the obvious mistakes. He sounds like he's afraid of Riley. I don't get
Oct 06, 2009 ElaineY rated it it was amazing
A little weird but cute and sweet. People who take these new flu shots either grow a few inches taller or lose a few inches.

In Nick's case, he's pressured by circumstances which have nothing to do be the flu, into having a shot except that Nick likes being six feet tall (or was it six-two?) and he doesn't want to end up below the average American man's height (according to Nick) of six feet.

Riley, the guy Nick has a secret crush on (so secret he isn't even aware of it himself) is Nick's subordin
Jul 11, 2010 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2012
I have to say that this is more of a 3.5 star book, but I decided to round down to 3. I usually round up, but...

I have to start out by saying that I LOVE Rowan McBride. I wish he wrote faster! This book was pretty much what I've come to expect from him, but I had a few problems with the first half of the book. I thought it was weird how inferior Nick felt once the vaccine started to do it's thing on him. I also thought his perception of Riley was a little overdone. That said, the second half of
Sep 11, 2010 Nene rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, science-fiction
Who knew that men were so obsessed with height! I'd never thought about it, but I suppose its logical that they would be! At first, the concept was kind of out there for me. I mean, a flu shot that makes you grow into gigantor or makes you shrink? Kinda weird, yeah? But it grew on me after a bit. The other thing was that I normally don't like characters like Nick, the whole "I'm great looking and don't know it" kind of guy. But in this case, it only bothered me initially and then ended up workin ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Yblees rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-general
Pure romance, Rowan McBride style.
This author has a muscle and size fetish which comes through in various works . It's not something I ever though to find attractive before, but there's just something about McBride's stories that hits a nerve for me, every time. A very good nerve!

Having said that, I can see how this might not be for everyone - you have been warned ;-D

On a side note, the author wrote in a blog that Riley's character was originally much darker, and was toned down in subsequent ed
Sep 11, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Re-read September 2015

This is such an unusual and quirky read...I found a quote that I had added years ago and I couldn't remember the story...I decided to reread it and I am so glad that I did.

Funny, Unusual, Hawt Shmex = Im Happy!
Oct 10, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Another unique and entertaining story from Rowan McBride.
Alison Roeder
Dec 08, 2013 Alison Roeder rated it liked it
I liked it. Read this book. Lol
Aug 03, 2014 Riayl rated it liked it

I thought I was picking up a romance/porn-fest. Instead, I found myself perusing a business journal. *startled*
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“What the—” This time when I snapped away from him, he let me go. I stared down at his dick, at his torn jeans, and managed to put two and two together. “Oh…”

Riley groaned and glanced away from me. “Sorry,” he mumbled, covering his eyes with his hand. “Usually good at controlling myself, but not with you.” His shoulders hunched as the blush all over his body deepened. “I don't have any control when it comes to you.”

Not shyness—embarrassment.

His other hand began to tap a familiar rhythm against the couch as he kept his gaze averted from me. “Superstrength is such a drag, ya know? Had to replace half my furniture. Just fucked up your wall. And…this. Comic books never talked about how those guys handled hard-ons.”
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