Posts tagged M/M Erotic Romance
Turns out naked and hungover on the floor is not the most strategically sound place to be when your dad comes home early. Take it from someone who learned the hard way: nineteen-year-old Lysander Shepherd – son of movie stars, spoiled brat, enthusiastic proponent of drugs and orgies… and now, unwilling resident of Oak Hill Manor, a retreat for troubled teenagers.
“I have a thought. For a thing we could do.”
We’re in Caleb’s kitchen. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to give him some gifts I brought, and suddenly it seems like there’s no better time than now, right when I’m about to tell him my idea.
From the meandering beauty of the prose, to its quirky cast of characters, this novel reeled me in and held me spellbound throughout. Although there is undoubtedly a strong romantic plot, this is very much a coming-of-age tale, following the hero as he struggles to make peace with his demons and carve out a future for himself. J.A. Rock is a wonderful writer, with a profound empathy for the protagonists that shone through every word, and a lyrical style I totally fell in love with.
Dresden Marich has failed out of high school three months shy of graduation. He’s infatuated with his online friend, Evan, alienated from his family and former classmates, and still trying to recover from his father’s death six years ago. He’s also keeping a troubling secret about his older brother, Gunner, who is away at boot camp.
“I’m Mandy, and I’m bi.”
“My name’s Cole, and I identify as gay.”
“Terry, and if you can’t tell I’m gay, you need your brain checked, okay?”
This book is all about the characters. Much as I enjoy a good mystery or adventure story, the fast pace and nail-biting tension, character driven novels will always occupy a special place in my heart. I love getting to know the protagonists inside-out, love uncovering their strengths and flaws, their secrets and darkest fears. Long before the heroes in this book become intimately involved, E.L. Esch takes the time to introduce them to the reader, and does it brilliantly.
Dante Mathers, college student, fifth year, has a track record for being dishonest with himself, and is about to undergo the biggest, scariest change of his life.
“I sneaked a peek at your notes, and you sneaked a peek of me in the locker room.”
Ethan felt his cheeks turn fifty shades of red. A lump of air caught in his throat. Panic zipped across his face.