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Monday, June 29, 2009

Getting It In The End by G.A. Hauser

Getting It In The End by G.A. HAUSER
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (227 pgs
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Magnolia

Too much is never enough, especially in LA.

Action! Book 3

In Los Angeles, where everyone is a ten, Mark Antonious Richfield is an eleven. Too gorgeous for anyone’s good. Externally flawless, but inside? That’s another matter.

He’s been an almost-husband. Been swept off his feet by an ex-cop. Seduced by two young, handsome TV stars. But who is he? He’s looking for the answer to that question himself. All he’s sure of is that he loves too much and craves love in return. Desperately. To the point of testing his current relationship to the limit.

Then a look back at one freeze-frame moment reminds Mark of the love he could have had—and threw away.

Years ago, Jack stood patiently by, madly in love, until Mark broke his heart one too many times. Eventually Jack moved on, but now Mark is back, begging for one more chance. And Jack can’t help but crave him, even if it means sacrificing the peace he’s found with another man.

Out of this quagmire of love and lust, only one picture is crystal clear: Mark wants it all. And what Mark wants, he goes for with his whole heart, whatever the cost.

Warning! These books contain unthinkable acts of forbidden sensual passion and hot, wild bouts of unbridled sex between men and men, and more men, sure to shock you or drive you wild.

Gorgeous, hot, sexy, and seriously in need of a shrink, Mark Richfield has just a few problems. He seems to have it all, the looks, the body, the talent, men and women who fall all over themselves to be near him, and although he seems to be star quality on the outside, he’s a mess inside. This book delves into the psyche of a man raised by an abusive father who made sure Mark knew he was worthless and would never amount to anything. Even though Mark is now a grown man, and his father is long dead, he can’t seem to get past his father’s opinions and hears his father’s words echoing in his mind constantly.

Mark goes from man to man, lover to lover trying to validate himself, trying to convince himself that his father’s words aren’t true, but Mark screws up every relationship and opportunity he has. He is haunted by the demons of his past, which include ex-lover Jack, who Mark tries to hang on to even though Jack has moved on to a loving and committed relationship with someone else. As a result, Mark is about to screw up his relationship with current live-in lover Steve Miller.

Steve is madly in love with Mark and just the sight of this gorgeous hunk turns Steve into a walking hard-on. But Steve’s love for Mark isn’t just skin-deep. Steve has given his heart and soul to Mark and will do anything it takes to make him happy--even having sex with another couple. Steve wants to have a deep, meaningful relationship with Mark, and even though Mark’s pain is mostly self-inflicted, Steve tries to find a way to reach Mark and help him put his self-loathing and self-destructive ways to rest.

I really liked Steve and I felt sorry for him. There were times when I thought he was just wasting his time and his heart on someone who would never grow up and let the past go. I didn’t think Mark was good enough for Steve and of course, neither did Mark. That seems to be his biggest problem. The more people adore him, the worse he feels about himself because he knows inside that he’s a cheater and he uses people. Yet his need for sex with multiple partners is almost a driving force in proving to himself that he isn’t worthless, but afterwards he feels more worthless than before, and seems to be caught up in this cycle with no end in sight.

I have always liked G.A. Hauser’s work and I think she did a superb job in Getting It In The End. The depth in which she characterizes Mark is wonderful and I think will resonate with many people who have low self-esteem issues. She also writes a great character with Steve, who is the type of person we all need in our lives—the one who will always be there and will love us unconditionally. And of course, the sex is really, really hot! Ms. Hauser writes M/M sex scenes with an insight that makes me wonder if she’s really not a man in disguise! Although I don’t think Getting It In The End is Ms. Hauser’s best work, I certainly wasn’t disappointed and highly recommend putting it in your “I’m gonna read this one next” pile!

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