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Monday, January 10, 2011

Firm Touch by Christine D’Abo

Firm Touch by Christine D’Abo
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/M, fisting, masturbation
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Max has a secret.

Max used to like to play on the wild side. Even though those days are now behind him, he occasionally gets an itch for a particular fetish—one he would trust only Leo to scratch.

Leo would do anything for Max.

One night after several rounds of tequila, Max confesses his desire—to be fisted by Leo. Though he’s uncertain and concerned, Leo can’t get the thought out of his mind. In the end, he decides to give Max a Christmas present he won’t soon forget.

He wants to be taken places he’s rarely been. His boyfriend is scared to death to try new things. What happens when a tequila confession shows them both a side they never thought possible? Read Firm Touch and find out.

When I saw this book was a holiday tale, I thought, hey, a new spin on Christmas. I had no idea. But wait, there’s more. I’ve never read a book with fisting. Yeah, Ms. D’Abo had my attention. This is a read you won’t want to pass up.

The writing is tight and clear. I felt like I was right there with Max and Leo—feeling their emotions and going through the situation as if it were me. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down, and yes sir, I needed a cool drink quickly. I’m still fanning myself.

Although there were a couple odd editing errors, the emotions and the softer touch given by Ms. D’Abo really made this book shine. Max wants something few could give him. He wants to be fisted. Leo, well, he knows exactly what can happen if the sex act is performed wrong or too quickly. Call him paranoid, but I liked that he cared so much for his lover. The quirkiness of his overzealous need to read, reread, and totally understand—which isn’t a bad thing—really endeared him to me. Leo has Max’s well-being in mind and it’s a beautiful thing to read. Granted, this book is hot, but the love between these two makes it twice as special.

If you want a book that’s brimming with Christmas cheer and a whole lot of kink, then you need to read Firm Touch. I give this book 3.5 cherries.

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