Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“I’m just one more gay guy here.”
Moving to the suburbs of L.A. was supposed to give Nic Montero a fresh start. After escaping his family, coming out as a gay trans man, and excelling in computer programming out of desperation to get financially stable or die, everything should be easy. But joining gay culture now, post-transition, feels impossible… until he runs into the force of nature that is Kyle. Everything Nic isn’t, Kyle embodies. Green hair, garters and cut-off shorts, sports jerseys, and all, brash Kyle is the most gorgeous man he’s ever laid eyes on, and he pulls Nic headlong into the center of his world. If only Nic felt like enough for a man like Kyle.
“One-night stands are my only option.”
Loud, loving, and too much for most men to handle, Kyle Everett catches eyes and occasionally scorn… even at his job at the local HIV charity, Plus. His days and nights are spent at work, his precious spare moments spent with his son, Kevin, when it’s his turn to co-parent, or his best friend, drag queen River. He only has money or time for cheap flings, but the lanky otter who walks into his life makes Kyle want to hold him for longer than a night. He knows what it’s like for Nic to be without a family, but he isn’t brave enough to let this man into his life… until his charity is targeted by bigots, and Nic’s there for him.
“I’ll stay with you if you’re brave enough to be you.”
Nic spent his twenties avoiding family and even his own femininity, but his yearning is impossible to ignore. Kyle’s used to flying solo, but Nic offers him safety and fills gaps in his life he never realized existed and now can’t stand. Living in close proximity, they can’t run from their attraction, but they’re each used to being rejected, with the emotional scars to prove it. Can two men who feel like they’re not enough and too much find something just right?
Flaunt is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.
E. Davies was brought to my attention through a tour booked on our blog. A totally new author and new story (and series as it turns out). What a surprise and joy that turned out to be. I love it when that happens.
Flaunt is beautifully written. It flows smoothly along as you meet all the characters Davies writes so believably about. It starts with Nic Montero, a trans man who’s moved to L.A. for a fresh start. New job, new outlook on himself, which is sometimes hard for him, with his background. But Nic has quiet courage and intelligence and something about this character just grabs you immediately. You just fall in love with him. He’s earnest and open, about himself and what he wants. I became his total cheerleader.
Kyle Everett of the wonderful green hair, confident attitude and amazing style? Yep, love him too. These characters fell from creations right into real men as Davies has them layered with human frailties, intelligence, passion, depth and a recognizable “feel” to them as people we would want to get to know in our own lives.
Their move into romance and a relationship is fraught with barriers raised from an initial belief that each wants something different from each other despite the huge sparks of attraction flying between them. How they manage to lower those obstacles, talk about their past and how it figured into their decisions about themselves and relationships is both moving and believable.
As is all the elements about Nic and his self image as a trans man and further surgery. Nothing stands out as a single element, it all flows together naturally as a whole. From their hot sex life to Kyle’s best friend, River, a drag queen, who has his own story out there (I need that book), there is so much to love and admire about Flaunt. Its put E. Davies on my list of authors whose book list I need to explore and the book itself on my 2017 Best of List. If you love contemporary romance, here’s one you should definitely check out!
Cover art is cute but except for the addition of the green hair, it could be for any book.
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published January 31st 2017