The Charlie Factor by Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Purple Sword Publications, LLC
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Myrtle
One, recovering from near deadly injuries; the other, unaware of what he’s been missing in his life. What one man can do, may heal them both.
Charlie Baker is recovering, slowly. Nearly dying tends to make a man reflect on each day. Take into account that his injuries were caused by a premeditated murder attempt, and he certainly isn’t looking for a lover. He is barely welcoming to a friend unable to trust anyone, preferring to hide from the world hours and miles away from the memories.
Gregory Anders hadn’t intended to disturb the man in silent contemplation on the beach, but when his pup, Samson, takes matters out of his hands, he’s forced to at least apologize for his pet’s behavior. There’s no doubt for Gregory that Charlie could use a friend. Clearing the air up front that he isn’t gay helps Charlie to relax, allowing for the cautious beginning of a friendship.
Two men, both alone, for different reasons. What happens when friendship bears more? When support and affection turns into attraction?
Do you take the chance of a lifetime, for the love a lifetime?
“Charlie would happily drop to his knees and nuzzle what lay behind zipper number one.” What a sentence to latch on to when it comes to reading a hot M/M narrative. The Charlie Factor is a love story that played on my heart as a reader and prevented me from laying the book down until the end. Gregory was experienced in the art of lovemaking, just not with a man, but when he falls for Charlie, he is more than willing to learn how to make him happy.
The first thing to come to mind when I closed this book was -- WOW! Have you ever read a book that was so good you had to take a step back and analyze everything that you liked about it before you could put it in words, or tell others how great it was without giving away the plot? This book has it all: pain, fear, tears, laughter, and love that come with courting and building a lasting relationship. The blurb does not even come close to doing this book justice because there is so much action and emotional vibes between the pages of this book that it will leave you thunderstruck.
Ms. DeRicci dazzled and floored me with her writing talent and her quick-witted phrases and lines that hooked me and reeled me into an incredible scheme that left me speechless all the way through the story. I fell in love with the characters: Gregory and his high wattage personalities and Charlie who had shut out the world and was afraid to trust again. Add in an overly energetic lab puppy who loves everyone and knows how to break the ice between the two and you have a story that's a winner.
I guarantee that you do not want to miss an incredible tale that has just about everything you could ask for in a romance story be it M/M or any other kind. Just make sure you have a fan handy to cool you off while reading. The Charlie Factor turned me upside down and left me in a state of admiration for the author’s imagination and skill in telling such a beautiful yarn. Because of the beauty of this story I must give this book a Best Book rating and recommend it as a must read.