This was SUCH a great read and exactly what I expected from Sarina and Elle. Though the idea behind the synopsis sounds like a great fun, a spice up sThis was SUCH a great read and exactly what I expected from Sarina and Elle. Though the idea behind the synopsis sounds like a great fun, a spice up sexual experience, this book is much more complex, it's not a MMF novel, it's a story about two young men finding a special friendship, learning to trust one another and against their "better judgment" also falling in love. It was tender, it was raw, it was difficult to read at times being so heart breaking, yet the sweet moments between these two, the hope they both share made this book a BEAUTIFUL read.
Keaton Hayworth III has it all. He is studying biology in a prestigious college, he has a beautiful girlfriend - Annika - he adores. They have been together for 5 years and she is his best friend. He lives with his friends at their "Alpha Delt" frat house preparing to becoming its president. He is wealthy and he is very close to fulfilling his dream in an exciting expedition looking for a new species of killer whales. Well, his parents won't approve as his dad have BIG plans for him running their pharmaceutical company, but he'll get to telling them when he actually gets accepted.
When Annika surprises him with the offer of a threesome for her 21st birthday. At first Keaton isn't sure if she is serious but once he realizes she MUST be if she keeps bringing it up, he opens up the "Kink" app looking for a candidate.
Luke Bailey is the polar opposite of Keaton and it's quite obvious not only because they live next door on the frat house. Luke is a local, and locals aren't the elite who usually get into this collage, but he got in through a scholarship and he will do his best to use it to make something of himself, he studies finances and for him it's his way OUT of a life of poverty and insecurity with a mother who couldn't care less about him and idolizes his criminal brother, both not feeling ashamed of asking him money whenever they feel like it. While his scholarship covers his school expenses he still needs to pay rent, buy food not to mention books and the likes he needs for his studies.. The best paying job he found is as a stripper in a local club. It's fun, he loves dancing, and the money is GREAT allowing him to mostly work in the weekends and study hard throughout the week.
Though living next door to one another, they know NOTHING of each other's worries. But when they stumble into each other as "LobsterShorts" who is looking for a man for a threesome and "SinnerThree" is up for a party they find an easy casual friendship. It starts with "SinnerThree" trying to figure out if "LobsterShorts" won't freak out when the big day arrives, but it quickly turns into something else entirely, a sexy friendship they enjoy having, almost forgetting it's not just about THEM it's about "LobsterShorts"'s girlfriend as well.
When the big day arrives I think you can imagine the reaction they have to one another. Le'ts just say the night ends VERY differently than EITHER expected and not for the best. But when Keaton finds himself unexpectedly single it's easy to gravitate towards one another even with the truth of who they are being revealed. But even with both of them being single it's complicated. Keaton is not out to the world, and even if he was it's not a great idea for them being together for a bunch of reasons and also Luke doesn't DO relationships. He doesn't trust anyone and he has good reasons. Keaton on the other hand has found something he didn't even know he was missing. He is HAPPY with Luke even if Luke keeps him in an arm's length. He can see he is warming up to him even if it's little by little.
When Luke's world comes crushing down Keaton does his best to be there for him, but while Luke accepts his help it's also the exact thing that makes them realize they have growing up to do on their own before they can promise anything to one another. Keaton is living a lie with with family, not just his newly revealed sexual orientation, but also what he wants to do with his future. His parents, mostly is father is VERY controlling and he needs to find a way to make a life of his own. Luke needs to learn how to trust and the RIGHT people, but it's so difficult for him with the life he has been living. Keaton is asking but also offering TOO MUCH, he needs to make a choice what he is willing to accept.
I've probably said WAY too much about this novel but there is so much going on with these guys, the journey they went through was heart breakingly beautiful to read, it's no wonder I read this one in ONE sitting. I just couldn't put it down. I wanted them to be together while realizing it's not that simple. But this is a romance story - they get there in the very end. Speaking of the very end, there is a free epilogue though THIS LINK. Register and you'll get it right to your email. It was a great finish. Really appreciated this glimpse into the future.
I'm sad to say goodbye, but I'm also SO happy for Keaton and Luke.
Another beautiful and touching story. I really enjoyed this one. Like the previous one, it's not just about the two MCs finding love with one another,Another beautiful and touching story. I really enjoyed this one. Like the previous one, it's not just about the two MCs finding love with one another, it's about finding and building a family. It was sweet and tender. It's a real slow burn, the MCs don't even kiss till something like 80% I think.. It's all about friendship, acceptance, appreciation, being there for one another, SEEING the other person. This is what makes love eternal.
We've met Jack Pecker in the previous installment "Taboo For You", he is Luke's best friend and though he thought he could find his HEA with Luke, it wasn't meant to be.. so though he had a rough time getting over Luke he is truly over it and he is happy for Luke and Sam being together. Though he might be a bit jealous, especially since he's living with them now until he finds another house to renovate. This is what he does, he works as a carpentry teacher but his main job and income is living in a house needing renovation, saving up for his dream house. His TRUE love is a house he already has the full funds to buy, but the owner who is somewhat of a friend (considering they have been dancing to this song for YEARS) is reluctant and Jack isn't really sure why..
Ben McCormick might be just 24 years old, but he has been charged with caring for Milo his 11 years old brother for the past year ever since their parents died in a car accident. They currently living in a small cottage on the property of their family home. Ben wants to sell the house as he is unable to even go inside it. But the place needs a bit of care if he wants to get a decent price.. That's where Jack comes in and though Ben THOUGHT about it when he met Jack, the matchmaker is actually Milo who REALLY wants to go back to living in the house. he hopes if the house looks better, Ben would accept living there instead of the tiny place they share now.
Ben is TRYING to do the right thing, trying to raise Milo as best as he can, but he isn't that far from his school days and it's not like he was a good obedient student.. It doesn't help that the head master and Milo's teacher remember him ad his shenanigans TOO well. Milo's teacher is a hateful woman, she might put up a front of someone who "wants to help", but it's easy to see she is just high handed and like people to dance to her music. Ben is really offended by her. I was heart broken at how much her words affected and hurt him. He was TRULY doing his best, and while his methods might not be in the "parents' handbook" he is learning "on the way", doing his best and while he isn't always "successful" he and Milo share a close and loving relationship. Losing their parents broke them, they need time and each other to heal and it's not something either of them can rush.
As Jack moves into the big house (while Ben and Milo stay at the nearby cottage) they form a sort of friendship. Jack knows being with Ben is a MAJOR no-no, he is Milo's teacher, it's unappropriated to say the least.. and he is also 15 years older than Ben so.. yeah.. better keep his fantasies to himself even though Ben is a HUGE flirt but he too knows a relationship is problematic. Yet as they spend more time together and get to know each other they find themselves playing "house" together quite unintentionally. It more than works. But underneath the friendship, the easy dinners together, playing games and honest conversation there is the realization on both their sides it's MUCH more than just friendship and as their time together nearing it's end with Jack almost finishing the renovation and waiting for an answer about his dream house, they need to make a decision and as Luke points out, it's not just about them, there is also Milo to consider.
I loved how everything was resolved, even Ben's conversation with Milo's teacher. He FINALLY stood up to her and said his piece, it was short but beautiful and I loved even more the scene faded to black without getting HER side. I REALLY don't care about HER. I care about Ben and Jack and Milo and what they have now together. They both lost their family, but now they have one another and they can have everything they dreamed of (and the epilogue! ~swoon~). I also loved the way it played with Jack's dream house. It was clever and also sweet.
I read this book almost in one sitting. Ben and Milo's dynamics was hysterical and a bit all over the place but it was also SO funny engaging. Add Jack to the mix, they easy banter / flirt turns to serious conversations and true friendship and I was a goner for this book and our main MCs. I LOVE the slow burn, I haven't realized how much I'm into this genre up until recently! I'm so much more about the buildup and less about the big bang ;) I have my guess about the next book in the series, there are two characters mentioned who might take the slot - a new teacher and one very unsuccessful date of Ben's.
While I LOVED the previous installments in the series, this one just wasn't for me. First of it felt VERY different from the previous ones, t3.5 Stars
While I LOVED the previous installments in the series, this one just wasn't for me. First of it felt VERY different from the previous ones, the issues it deals with and mostly the WAY it is dealt with. For me the main problem with this book was the amount of sex, sex talk and constant thoughts about sex. If I could I would have deleted round 90% of that and THEN this book would have been GREAT. I just felt like instead of DEALING with anything really, they turn to sex as a sort of escape. It was even in conversations, a real meaningful conversation would end with a sex innuendo instead of feeling like there's a real progress being made. It's OBVIOUS for me that this exact issue for me could be a TURN ON for someone else - books are subjective and that's the beauty of it, right?
Griff Ambrose & Becca Drake have known each other for a while now. He is friends with Nate who is married to Becca's sister - Alia. But it was mostly a casual sort of friendship. They would meet on family and friends meetups and that's about it. Everyone knows Griff is a "player", and Becca is quite a sheltered girl who wants to be brave and strong but finds it hard to date men since she is 24 and still a virgin. For some reason guys are freaked out about that and she had enough.. Which is how she finds herself asking Griff to "help her out" - just a one time thing - like he does.. Griff accepts and though they have their own rules once Becca is back for two weeks working in Jake's resort (where Griff also works) they find it hard to keep their hands from one another.. and the big question is - what happens next..
Becca had a very difficult up bringing with Alia being a mother figure to her and even now, so many years later Alia finds it hard to treat Becca as anything else than a daughter. She fears for her, she wants her to be happy but mostly SAFE. She doesn't approve of her being with Griff as she knows he will break her heart once he is over her.. She also knows from Nate that Griff was once married and when his marriage fell apart Griff was left heart broken and it's not clear if he is even over his ex-wife Marina. Yet Becca wants to HAVE FUN. She enjoys being with Griff, not just in bed or wherever they get it going, but just talking. He makes her feel so much better, competent, strong and smart. He empowers her and she feels great opening up to him and surprisingly (to him) Griff finds himself talking to her, and sharing things he can barely utter. But there are still things he keeps to himself because he isn't sure how to deal with those - Marina for sure, but also his flashbacks from his service. He tries to make Becca conquer her fears but he himself doesn't really act as he encourages her to.. He feels a hypocrite which is exactly what makes him try to take bettering steps himself.
It was sweet seeing these two fall for one another. I'm half sure they were on their way there from the very start. Griff's efforts for Becca's first time were BEYOND amazing. I don't know if ANY girl gets what Becca got for her first time.. Especially from a guy who isn't suppose to stick around.. They click from the start, they have many things in common though it doesn't seem like it. Mostly, for me, they both needed to grow up and realize if they WANT something they need to work for it because it's WORTH it. I guess Alia and Nate's meddling into their business didn't really help it only made them both even more insecure about their feelings for one another..
This book was truly a struggle for me and it's NOT what I was expecting. I liked both Griff and Becca but I was sick and tired of them being sexually obsessed about each other. For me it ruined the romance and also the relationship progression. I swear the first 3rd of the book is ONLY sex. Sex talk, sex thoughts and intentions and then sex scene. A THIRD OF THE BOOK! I wanted SOMETHING to happen other than sex but alas, I had to wait and that I did. I guess I got what I wanted in the end but I was damn frustrated till we got there.
Are you heavily into sexy times? If the answer is YES you should definitely grab this one!
I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
This was a short sweet read. I would have liked to get a bit more of Alex and Marco and yet I still feel like I got a treat with the little glimpses iThis was a short sweet read. I would have liked to get a bit more of Alex and Marco and yet I still feel like I got a treat with the little glimpses into a few of the characters from other "Out of Uniform" books.
Alex Odell-Correa and Marco Correa are moving together with their two kids to San Diego. It's not an easy move for them, considering all their memories together are going to stay so far away in the East Coast. Yet being married to a Marine means sometimes you need to move where the military needs you and Marco is needed with his service dog with out favorite unit.
Military families stick together, and so even though Alex and Marco are new, they get enough help from everyone around them, most of whom we already met and fell in love with ourselves in the previous books in the series.
This was a very light read, a bit superficial I'll admit, but it's still a nice add to an AMAZING series.
This book took me a LONG time to read, but I mostly blame myself and my lack of concentration. I was too busy physically and mentally to read. I guessThis book took me a LONG time to read, but I mostly blame myself and my lack of concentration. I was too busy physically and mentally to read. I guess this book wasn't the "right" escape for me when I'm stressed as this one is HEAVY on the angst. I'm not really complaining, I usually dig angsty books but as I was frustrated in REAL life it wasn't what I needed, though I DID feel like escaping to Alaska and seeing the beautiful views. I'm not sure I'll be all about the cold, but the sights are SURELY going to compensate!
Griffin Barrett is trying to put his life back together and it's not easy. Routine helps but it can't fix his past. He has a loving family with a business he is a part of - flying cargo but also people who are in for sight seeing while photographing the area. Being HIGHLY introverted he rather take the cargo, not the people.. but he needs to step up his game because his uncle is down with an operation and until he recovers he has at least one trip to take. His uncle is a known photographer who also adds his tips and tricks to the guests coming to these kind of trips so now it's also up to Griffin. He doesn't see himself as a big photographer, but maybe he can help a bit from his own knowledge...
River Vale is up for adventure. After a big career as a model, he found another calling, one which saves him every day at a time. Writing about his adventures all over the world is fun and allows him to heal little by little from the horrible life style he was part of for too many years. He is excited about his trip to Alaska and once he meets the group, also about their guide even if he is a grumpy sort of lumberjack most of the time. He can see that the one thing that comes easy for him - people - is VERY difficult for Griffin and he finds it a real turn on.
At first Griffin is mostly irritated with River but he knows it's mostly because he is attracted to him and it's NOT a good idea, Griffin doesn't date, he doesn't even go for one-night-stands and it's obvious River is ALL about the fun - and Griffin just ISN'T fun.
Yet little by little they grow closer together and when they find themselves sharing a cabin it's FAR more difficult not to act on their mutual attraction but there is much more to them than that so when the trip is over they aren't really ready to say goodbye. River promises to come for a visit after his scheduled commitments but they both feel it's a long shot.
Pursuing a relationship together isn't easy, and not only because of distance or the difference in their social skills and the different lives they live it has A LOT to do with their addictions. Griffin almost lost himself to drinking and gambling after losing his best friend (and secret crush) and he is adamant about putting his life together, buying property near his family, but far enough for him to have his own space and build a nice cabin that would suite his humble needs. He doesn't need complications, and River and the life he lives when they are not in Alaska is a VERY different one. River has his own demons, ones he is battling constantly. He his trying hard to manage his insecurities together with an eating disorder that isn't truly behind him. He feels isolated, he is distant from his family after the death of his mother and his friends from the modeling industry are a bad influence. Traveling seems to be the cure but going back and forth from the glam life to the spartan life of travels becomes tricky at a certain point. River just isn't sure who he is anymore.
There were many similarities with what it means to live with an illness that colors your life and experience. It was HEARTBREAKING seeing these two wonderful man struggle to even appreciate who they are, not to mention allow themselves to have something good, to feel they DESERVE this amazing opportunity of love, acceptance and a bright future together. It took them time, together, but also alone to believe - in themselves as well as the other - to be able to build a life with hope and dreams and mostly love.
If you're into angsty romance novels THIS ONE IS FOR YOU! The next one is of Toby, who works as a pilot for the Barrett family. Can't wait for it to be out :)