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Friday, June 18, 2010

Nine-tenths of the Law by LA Witt

Nine-tenths of the Law by LA Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by: Cactus

Without trust, common ground can get pretty shaky…

“I believe you have something of mine, Zach.”

Zach Owens doesn’t even know who this angry stranger is, let alone what the man is talking about—until he learns what they have in common. Their boyfriend, Jake. Once Jake’s out of the picture, Zach’s apology to Nathan Forrester leads to a long conversation, a kiss, and a chemistry that goes far beyond revenge sex.

Nathan can’t help but fall for the sexy movie theater owner, but it’s a long way from sheet-tearing sex to mutual trust. And a series of “coincidences” that throws Zach into Jake’s company leaves him unconvinced Zach was the complete innocent in their previous love triangle.

Zach can’t seem to make Nathan believe that Jake is up to something. But protesting his innocence isn’t working, and Jake’s carefully orchestrated campaign to destroy their love could leave them both with nothing…

When Zach and Nathan find out they share a boyfriend, the two men discover perhaps they have more in common than just one man. What starts as an unusual meeting, a two timing boyfriend confronted by both of the men turns into a start of something new for the disgruntled ex’s. Although both Zach and Nathan never knew each other before Jake cheated on them, they discover they want to know more. What starts as an easy, uncomplicated rebound becomes something deeper with potential. Yet both Zach and Nathan have issues they need to overcome to make the relationship work and perhaps there is too much for them to last.

Nine-Tenths is an erotic romance, heavy on sex. It’s not sex scene after sex scene but these are classic male stereotypes that solve arguments with good sex instead of talking. The main conflict is the issue of trust. Nathan and Zach were both cheated on by their mutual ex Jake but Zach gets over it quicker since he wasn’t as serious about Jake as Nathan was. Nathan also has a second destructive ex that has damaged his ability to trust. Nathan’s lack of trust runs into Zach’s frustration since he’s never done anything to deserve Nathan’s suspicion. Their conflict rises repeatedly between bouts of sex as the two slowly start to invest more emotionally into the relationship.

The story is decent with well rounded characters shown from Zach’s first person point of view. The emotional conflict is the main continuing storyline and can feel repetitive since the two men never really resolve their issues. Nathan is suspicious and worried Zach will cheat on him while Zach is frustrated by Nathan’s lack of trust. Both men are sympathetic and understandable in their concerns but it's tends to be frustrating in its repetition. Neither man actually communicates well and they use sex as a way to ignore the problems. They have a resolution of sorts at the end -- a happy for now more than "ever after" -- and the problems still exist, making me think this may not be a couple that will make it.

I think reader enjoyment of this story will really depend on what they think about Zach and Nathan, as jealousy is a pretty common issue among relationships. Overall, it's really not a bad story and it has a lot of very nice, not sex scenes. If you like the sex hot and frequent, and don't mind a "happy for now" ending, this may be the perfect book for you.

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