Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: June 9, 2015
Tristan Wilder, self-made millionaire and devastatingly handsome CEO of Wilder-Nation is on the verge of a very lucrative buyout. With tough negotiations ahead, he's armed with his acquisition pitch, ready to launch the deal of a lifetime. There’s just one glitch. The last thing he expects is to fall for the hot business owner he's trying to sway.
Dylan Reeves, computer science engineer and founder of the very successful social media site, Secret, is faced with a life-altering decision. A devoted family man with three kids and a wife, Dylan has been living a secret for years. Fiercely loyal to his convictions, his boundaries blur after meeting the striking owner of the corporation interested in acquiring his company. For the first time in his life, reckless desire consumes him when the gorgeous computer mogul makes an offer he can't refuse.
Wow, color me impressed. I'm really glad that I overcame my initial misgivings while reading the book's blurb and took my friend Toni's review at face value.
I'd feared that with the wife and three kids, this book might contain cheating, a hard limit for me, but I'm pleased to report that the book contains zero adultery, is low drama and completely free of 'fuckery', as my gal pal Dani would probably say. ;- )
How? Well, Dylan may be the married owner of a popular social media site, named Secret, but he is also honest to a fault, living by an extremely strict moral code. One which included divulging to his wife and best friend, Teri, that he was gay, back when their three nearly college aged children were still very young. Other than Dylan's wife, no one else knows.
And although his wife has been in a committed, although secret, relationship with a very nice man for a few years, Dylan refuses to allow himself the same happiness, having decided to cloister himself away until the youngest of their children leaves for college.
That's the plan and he refuses to stray from it. Until he meets Tristan.
The two meet when Dylan visits Southern California to engage in talks with Wilder, Inc. in regards to them buying his online web site, Secret.
When Tristan Wilder first meets Dylan, he's immediately taken by Dylan's tall, toned, auburn-haired good looks.
And although Dylan keeps it well-hidden, he's equally attracted to Tristan, the tall, sandy-blond, gym-toned CEO of Wilder, Inc.
But on Dylan's first night in town, the executives at Wilder take him and his staff to a strip club. A female strip club, where Dylan shows zero interest in the local talent, which sets off a San Andreas fault-sized *blip* on Tristan's finely-honed gaydar.
So after Tristan rescues him from the gentleman's club, now two people know Dylan's secret. And that scares the deeply-closeted married man nearly senseless.
However, serious attraction mixed with large quantities of alcohol never turn out well for Dylan's carefully-laid out life plans, so the two men end up in Tristan's bed, not once, but repeatedly, until Dylan returns home to Dallas at the end of his trip.
Once back in Dallas, Dylan tries his best to resume his former life, but now that he realizes what he's been missing and that a man as amazing as Tristan might want him, he begins to slowly come apart at the seams.
And after Tristan admits that "it’s just hard to go back to adequate once you’ve had spectacular,” well, he has no choice but to keep chipping away at Dylan's resolve until they have their shot at forever.
Overcoming his crippling fears of coming out resulted in several setbacks for the men, but Tristan didn't become a self-made success by giving up when things got difficult.
So Tristan pushes when needed, giving Dylan his space when required, but blatantly ignores Dylan's many attempts to distance himself from their budding relationship.
I absolutely loved how Tristan found a strong ally within Dylan's very own ranks to help the men get their happily ever after, which they eventually did. Those parts of the book had me snickering conspiratorially with a grin that would not leave my face. The whole thing was deliciously evil in the best way possible.
While the book spared the reader from having to endure scene after scene of gut-wrenching angst, it's a bit of an understatement to say that the story did *not* skimp on the sexy bits.
I lost count of how many (insanely hot, extremely versatile) intimate scenes that Dylan and Tristan shared, but all of them, every single one, felt necessary to the story and didn't come across as gratuitous or only there to sell more books.
And the scenes where Dylan loses both of his gay virginities? Sweet. Merciful. Crap. Someone call the fire department, stat!
I would not consider this book really as erotica, mainly due to how strong the story was, but I'd be hard-pressed to think of a sexier read from this year. The book's cover is sizzling, but nothing compared to what's between the pages.
This was an amazingly touching and humorous story of remaining true to what's important in your life, while adjusting your goals to create the life that will truly make you happy.
5 highly-enjoyable *It's-in-my-hand!* stars, but you'll have to read the book to find out exactly what that means. It was seriously priceless, though. ;- )
Buy. Read. Now!
My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
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