My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don't believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can't handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.
Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.
But we still hate each other. I think.
If you must read this book as a standalone, fine, but I strongly suggest reading book 3 (Jesse and Ian’s story) first.
Beau is Jesse’s cousin and plays a substantial role in the third book. I loved the juxtaposition of Beau as everyone sees him—perfectly coiffed hair, big smile, all positive attitude & safe sex reminders—versus the real Beau—betrayed by an ex-boyfriend, striving to live up to his parents’ impossible standards, craving control.
Also, book 3 is where Zane first whips his grapefruit-scented hair in Beau’s face. Beau isn’t amused. And grapefruit is dead to him.
Mature Content is less angsty than Hard Wired. Zane isn’t Ian’s brand of dark; he’s just REAL. He has a turbulent relationship with his family, except his awesome grandmother, but he’s okay with that. He’s done pleasing his parents who put on a liberal façade but slut shame their son in private.
Let’s talk about sex, baby!
Beau and Zane like it rough: hair pulling, begging, bondage, dirty talk. Beau loves to be in charge, and Zane wants to be told what to do.
I attempted to read the wall banging scene at the office and … ABORT, ABORT. Wawza, the sex scenes are SIZZLING & NSFW!
The guys have to work for their HEA. Zane doesn’t trust easily, and Beau is so ashamed of how his ex played him, he keeps his distance even as he breaks through Zane’s defenses. Their text (and IRL) conversations are hilarious. Zane has such a smart mouthy, and Beau gives as good as it gets.
In an effort to protect Zane from his ex, Beau pulls a douchebag move. What happens next had me cringing while simultaneously cheering for Zane. And the groveling … the groveling was a thing of beauty! I LOVE me some good groveling, and this is about as good as it gets.
To close, I want to hold an awards ceremony.
HONORABLE MENTIONS go to:
- Zane’s friends Miguel and Debonair, who are fabulous and possibly crushing on each other (oh, hell YES to this story, please).
- Zane’s grandma, because Jewish grandmas ROCK. (I’m always so fucking happy when an author writes a Jewish MC and gets things right.)
- Trench coats and Mediterranean food, in no particular order.
BRONZE goes to the Beautifuls and the Skanks for being loyal to Beau Starr and TrashyZane always.
SILVER goes to Zane and Beau’s morning-after video. #happytears #iwokeuplikethis
And for the GOLD:
Zane’s hair! Obviously.