Pump Me Up by Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Taking advantage of a free pass from work, Maddoc decides to try out a fitness center. After meeting up with a friend, Dan, and making dinner plans, Maddoc meets Ivan, a hunky, silver-haired ex-Marine who gives him a ride home. Soon Maddoc finds himself with a new friend, a workout partner, a protector... and maybe something more, as a simmering attraction comes to life between him and Ivan. After moving too fast in previous relationships that fell apart, Maddoc wants to start slow—wants to make sure it can last. Luckily, Ivan is willing to wait.
You never know how strong you are until you have to show it. Thankfully for Maddoc, Ivan isn’t a slouch when it comes to protection.
When I first opened Pump Me Up, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I’ve read reviews of Andrew Grey’s work and as well as the blurb for this story, and knew I had to read it. I wasn’t disappointed. The world Mr. Grey creates is rich with details and I felt like I was right there with Maddoc and Ivan. The sexual tension is thick and great to read about.
I liked Maddoc. He’s a great sub-hero. Why do I say sub-hero? The poor guy has a scary problem—someone wants him harmed. He’s trying to be strong in a situation where a lot of people wouldn’t be, and when he sees Ivan, his world is turned upside down. I liked his somewhat lack of self esteem because it made him realistic. Most of us have issues with our bodies and he wasn’t any different. It endeared him to me.
At the same time, I loved Ivan. He’s the strong part of Maddoc even when Maddoc’s breaking down. No, they aren’t the same person, but the way he jumps in during Maddoc’s time of need is really sweet. He cares when a lot of other people wouldn’t or just aren’t sure how to. Plus, both men are darned sexy in their own ways. When they get together, it’s hot and steamy. And the ending wasn’t anything I expected, but it’s perfect.
If you want a story that will leave you with a smile, then you need to read Pump Me Up. I give this story 4.5 cherries.