Saturday, August 1, 2015

ARC Review: You Are the Reason (Tav 2) by Renae Kaye

Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.

Dani's rating:

"What do you do with it?"
Lee frowned, looking confused. "Do with what?"

"Your dick. What do you do with it when you put a dress on?"

Lee burst out laughing ... "I'm not sure about your dick, Dave, but my dick's not really detachable. When I put a dress on, it just has to stay there."

Dave is allergic to pink. And don't call him "Dave" unless you're a woman. The dudes call him "Davo." That's the rule.

But Lee doesn't follow the rules. Slight, feminine, pretty, with natural flaming red hair, Lee is the kind of gay man Dave avoids.

Lee's ... well, he's SO OBVIOUSLY gay.

And Dave doesn't do femme. Dave's a dude. He likes steel and tools and stuff. He doesn't do makeup. He doesn't swish. He's a guy's guy.

Meeting Lee turns Dave's life upside-down, and not just because when Dave first meets Lee, he thinks Lee's a woman ... a very attractive woman whom he gets on with like a house on fire.

But, OMG, vaginas are just not Dave's thing.

Long relying on his Magic 8 ball for answers, Dave is suddenly working with trans teens, changing dirty nappies, and picking out pink flowers for his garden.

Dave and Lee are fantastic characters.

Lee is sweet and endearing and ever so sexy with his glitter and eye liner and all things Dave fears. Lee is not transgender. He just likes traditionally feminine things and isn't afraid to show it.

And Dave comes to crave every part of Lee. EVERY. PART.

The dress gave the illusion of womanly curves, but I was hot knowing it was all man under there.

My man.

The chemistry between these men is SCORCHING. They go at it with abandon. I particularly liked the strip tease scene.

Holy shit, but that was sizzling!

I liked this book better than I liked The Blinding Light, the first book in the Tav series. I liked Jake and Patrick, but Jake's mother left a bitter taste in my mouth.

In this story, we get quite a bit of Jake and Patrick, and I enjoyed watching them fussing over baby Maxine. Uncle Dave is particularly enthralled with the little miss, and even though I'm decidedly not a baby person, I found Dave's interactions with Maxine quite tender.

This is a joyful story brimming with humour and light. It gets Dani's NO-ANGST-FOR-MILES guarantee.

"Didn't you feel how we were meant for each other? Didn't all the pieces of your life just click into place when we're together? Doesn't it feel strange when we're apart?"

The HEA is pretty damn cute. I just wish the epilogue had focused more on Dave and Lee's relationship vs. baby Maxine.

I did not want this book to end and surely hope there's another novel in this series.

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  1. Angela
    I pre-orderd this book, It is Renae Kaye after all (I love her writing) :)
    Thanks for your great review, now i can't wait until the release day

  2. She's an auto-read for me. I salivate for her stories. This one is GOOD.


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