Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review: My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties #1) by Lynn Kelling

My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties #1)
Growing up gay in a small town with no mother, Evan Savage learned the hard way to cherish his secrets above all else. Now he's 18, not even his father can hurt him anymore. When his long-lost twin brother Brennan shows up out of nowhere looking for a new home, Evan's world, and his very identity, comes crashing down around him all over again. Brennan treats nothing as sacred in his search for a family connection after their mother's death.

Frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan. The sweetness of first love with twin brothers Alek and Luka leads them find in each other things they never knew they had lost...

...and lures them all into danger.

Todd's rating:

This story is about of two sets of identical twins, each finding love with an opposite-pair twin, along with the (sometimes-sexual) relationship with their own twin.

For me, that's an equation for all kinds of hotness right there, but...

I never really thought I'd be saying this, but my feelings toward the story are a bit ambivalent.

The story of Evan and Alek, then Brennan and Luka meeting and becoming committed felt a bit insta-love'ish to me, but not in/ an overly-believable way.

I would've preferred a bit more slow burn and pursuit versus the "wham, bam, coupla fucks and we're boyfriends" approach that the book used, especially since everyone but Brennan came across as a bit commitment phobic.

As the story begins, Evan, our blond, 18 y.o. 'main' MC, has discovered that he has an identical twin, that their mother has recently passed away from cancer and that said long-lost twin, Brennan, will be coming to live with him. Evan was not excited at the prospect.

Next we meet tall, dark and Russian 25 y.o. Alek and Luka, who did date other people, but were comfortable having sex as part of their close relationship.

Through a one-off bathroom tryst in a bar dive, Evan and Alek meet, then Brennan meets Luka at the gym where Luka is a personal trainer.

However, unbeknownst to any of the 4 brothers, their twin was dating their lover's brother. Confused yet? Try keeping the names straight. Oy! That was a huge challenge at first.

Alek and Luka confide in Evan and Brennan that they share some good ole' fashioned 'brotherly love,' on occasion, which planted a seed in Evan and Brennan's minds.

Then that seed sprouted, grew legs (and a penis) and had several hot and steamy orgasms over the course of the story.

Yes, all of that was very titillating and was fun to read. As in, a *lot* of fun.

But while the story touched on how Evan attempted suicide at 14, Alek and Luka were alone growing up and Brennan nursed his mother for several years prior to her death, by the last page, this story, by itself, didn't feel overly complete for me.

Do we see tons of hot pairings, nearly everyone doing nearly everything to everyone else? Yes. It was sexy and dirty and oh so taboo.

However, the story, while not a cliffhanger, left me feeling that if there hadn't been a book 2, I would've been left extremely hanging.

So if you're the type of reader who is looking for a one-and-done read, this probably isn't the book for you.

But if you're looking to make an investment in a longer, dual-twincest series of books, then this would be where you might want to start.

The first book was both sweet and low-angst, so I'd personally recommend it, but not really unless you plan to continue on with the series.

I'd have to rate this first book in the series at around 3.75 *him-and-him-and-him-and-me* stars.

My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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