Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Kenneth Brannigan is a small-town history professor. He’s happy with his life, loves the classes he teaches, and lives in a tiny apartment in a converted house with his best friend, Tim, next door. He’s still recovering from a bad breakup and is content to stick to his comfortable routine. It’s Tim who insists he come to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer.
At the mixer, Kenn meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. Dave is drawn immediately to Kenn and is thrilled when Kenn offers to show him the best pizza place in town. One meal leads to two, which leads to Dave and Kenn spending most of their free time together… and Kenn loosening his self-imposed rules regarding dating and sex for some kinky fun.
Kenn’s ex isn’t going to just let Kenn be, though, and the happier Kenn is with Dave, the less the ex likes it. Will Kenn continue to run away from his past, or will his relationship with Dave help him face it head-on?
Another good Sean Michael book. Kenn is such an introvert but thanks to his friend Tim gets him to the Rainbow Mixer. Dave is instantly smitten with Kenn and spends as much time as possible with him.
I enjoyed this book but didn’t feel a lot of depth to it. I connected with the characters but everything seemed surface level.
I had a little trouble with the quick friendship that fast become friends with benefits and it felt a little like Dave was pushing himself on Kenn. Their kinks match perfectly though we had to watch Kenn come to terms with what he really wants. At times I had trouble keeping track of the timeline as it all seemed to move so fast and I thought the drama with Kenn’s ex didn’t really do anything for the story.
The cover art by L.C. Chase is great and I like the variety of visuals.
ebook, 200 pages
Published: February 5, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English