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I would love this author to do more m/m if this particular story is an example of the quality of her writing. It’s not all sex and no storyline, absolutely loved it, I also liked the narrator but am quite convinced that he read most of the story with a heavy cold, so 4.5 stars for Mr McKenna.
You’ve all heard the one about the male escort with a heart of gold and a few self-esteem ‘issues’ and the former DADT army hacker who’s so repressed and in the closet, he’s been denying his feelings for men for over half his life?? No?? Well, let me wholeheartedly recommend this story to you…5 stars from me.
Carter is 31, a classy male escort who has been in the business for nearly 10 years now and is so tired of being well paid to ‘service’ his clients, he’s more than ready to retire, he only has a few more months left on his contract and then it’s goodbye to the only world he’s known for quite some time. What he'll do when he ‘retires’ he has no idea, but the very idea of being free from his contract is enough to make him feel queasy and extremely nervous. He's had no problems keeping his private life and his 'business' life separate until he meets Rock, and suddenly feelings become involved.
Rock is 34, a computer wiz who still does contract work for the Army, but is a partner in a BDSM club in Minneapolis (and here I should point out that this book is number 5 in a series by the author but the only one which is solely m/m, and the reason I read it. She’s taken to m/m just like Joey W Hill did with Rough Canvas although I must stress there is NO BDSM in this story). Rock is an Army brat with 2 siblings, a nasty brother and a lovely sister, oh and a father who beat the s**t out of him when he was 14 for kissing his best friend, and ever since he’s denied his true feelings and 'gayness', and tried to conform to what his family and the rest of the world expects..a straight, heterosexual guy.
Rock is in charge of security at the club and has been following Carter’s weekly exploits with a regular client….Carter is hot and Rock is attracted to the guy even before they meet in person. He's engineered a 'date' with Carter at a very expensive hotel BUT will Rock be able to loosen up enough to just go with the flow and enjoy himself?? All Carter knows is that a mystery client has bought a few hours of his company and when he finally gets to meet Rock, he's immediately drawn to him. Rock on the other hand is so nervous, his brain practically seizes up and he's reduced to monosyllabic responses to Carter's questions and eventually makes his apologies and escapes which leaves Carter more puzzled than before. The guys do get together again a few days later after Rock eventually pulls his big boy pants on and invites Carter to a hockey game where things go really well. I’ll leave this review here.
Is Carter brave enough to leave the security of his escort 'job' behind and take a chance on something new in his life and an actual relationship without letting his past 'life' interfere?? Is Rock finally able to distance himself from his unhappy past, and the guilty feelings he has from being in the closet, and hopefully grab himself some happiness despite his family and former employers?? Discover for yourselves dear readers/listeners.....
Would you listen to Bonds of Denial again? Why?
Yes, I love the series
Who was your favorite character and why?
What does Decklan McKenna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He made the audio good he had emotions & you felt it through him
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes. I couldn't help but feel for Rock & Carter with both of there problems just a shame we still live in a world that if they're gay they have to hide
Any additional comments?
Love the series
McKenna's voice is rich and compelling but, unfortunately, the story gets boring after a promising start. The scenes between Rock and Carter are repetitive and as a listener, I was stuck with that. At least with an ebook or hard copy, I can skip those parts easily. Not possible with an Audible audio because I don't even get chapters and it's a pain to get to where I want, or return to my last spot.
There are heaps of better rent-boy/hooker stories out there.
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I waited a long to buy this book. I've listened to all the others in this series. I'm sorry I waited so long.
I really didn't think I'd like a gqy man's novel, but boy was I wrong. The story is so well written. Dealing with all the struggle of society's views and coming out and how will your patents take it. The romance is hot!
I'm glad the author chose a male narrator for this story. He did a good job. I wished for a little more difference in the characters though. And, quite frankly, he sucked at the female voices, but there aren't that many in this book so it wasn't to hard to over look.
Great love story of learning who you are and what you want and how to trust.
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