I simply did not feel it with this story, which puts me in the minority if other reviews are to go by. It read a lot like a M/F romance novel. I read I simply did not feel it with this story, which puts me in the minority if other reviews are to go by. It read a lot like a M/F romance novel. I read a lot of gay romance – my genre of choice – and I guess I just expected better. I'd feel differently had Lucas not been a big ass and Jacob not a doormat. Throw in Lucas' ex - who is given entirely too much time in this book - and it just didn't work for me. If I don't like the main characters I usually don't like the story. My first impression of Lucas was not good and it didn't get better the more I read.
This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. I'm rounding it up instead of down because the one thing4.5 stars, rounded up.
This is one of those times when I really wish Goodreads had half stars. I'm rounding it up instead of down because the one thing that had me knock a half star off my rating was in regards to a secondary character, not a main one.
It's been a long time since I've read a M/F romance. I saw Thrust on Amazon and decided to take a chance. I've been known to buy books based solely on their covers and I shallowly admit that this was one of those times. Look at it. :)
With that being said, I went into this not expecting much more than porn without plot. The ten inches of real estate in the blurb turned me off. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I took a chance because I really enjoyed this.
Alex Vega is a high-priced male escort. While at an art auction with one of his clients he sets his sights on Olivia. After a cat fight between Alex's current client and another one who happens to be at the auction, things get interesting between the two.
Olivia's only goal is to open a charitable organization that trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD. She worked her butt off to organize the auction in hopes of raising enough money to make it happen. She's finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel... then Alex Vega shows up and ruins everything.
This is where the story starts and where it gets hot as hell.
Alex is an arrogant jerk. He's very full of himself and believes he's God's gift to women. Early on I despised him. Surprisingly, as the story played out and I got to see more of his character, I started to really like the guy. By the time I finished the book I loved him. One of the best things about the story for me was that Olivia was no doormat. The main reason I stopped reading M/F is because I felt like all I was reading about were female characters who went from strong to weak the instant a hot guy came into their world. Olivia wasn't like that. Oh, she had her TSTL moments, but she still stood up for herself and proved that she was strong and didn't have to have a man to survive.
Overall, a very good book and not at all what I was expecting. There are a lot of hot sex scenes but there's also a good story. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.
Between 4.25 and 4.5 stars, rounded up because I really enjoyed each story.
I am a huge fan of this author. At last count I've read close to 40 of his,Between 4.25 and 4.5 stars, rounded up because I really enjoyed each story.
I am a huge fan of this author. At last count I've read close to 40 of his, I think? I originally discovered him through his horror, though I love his romance as well. Unhinged has the best of both worlds. There's horror and romance, though not always in the traditional sense. If you've been on the fence about reading Rick's horror, this is the perfect anthology for you to get your feet wet. Highly recommended.
Echoes - 4.5 stars
How I Met My Man - 4.5 stars
The Man From Milwaukee - 4 stars
Sluggo Snares A Vampire - 4 stars
The Ghost in #9 - 4.5 stars
Incubus - 4.5 stars
Full reviews of each story can be found at -
This book was provided by Wilde City Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It's literally just one quick scene so I can't type a full review. There may not be much to it but I liked it enough to possibly seek out others by thIt's literally just one quick scene so I can't type a full review. There may not be much to it but I liked it enough to possibly seek out others by this author. Sure, a lot of questions are left unanswered and the reader isn't privy to why things are the way they are. This didn't stop me from being entertained in the few (very few) minutes it took to read the story.
To summarize briefly - a man seeks solace in a laundromat. For some reason that's his one calming place. He's okay as long as he's alone. He's able to tame whatever inner demon he battles. It's when a young boy walks in that things change.
I can't say more than that.
3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up to 4 because I'm now interested in checking out the author's other work.