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Friday, August 12, 2011

Manning Up by J.T. Steele

Manning Up by J.T. Steele
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (140 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Elijah Kerrigan is gay with two big strikes against him: his father is a preacher and he himself is a professional baseball player. Divorced from a sexless marriage, he feels that coming out of the closet would destroy his life and, worse, hurt his parents whom he deeply loves. He plans on being alone for the rest of his life, but he doesn’t count on meeting Wesley Grayson.

Wesley Grayson is a tall, handsome young artist and the son of a famous rock star. The moment he lays eyes on Elijah, he knows the two of them are destined to be together. Wesley's developing psychic powers leave him so drawn to the handsome ballplayer that he is certain he’s found his eternal soulmate. Out of the closet and comfortable in his skin, Wesley introduces Elijah to hot, kinky gay sex and a leather club that melts his boy in his arms. But that doesn't make the relationship easy; Elijah's still deeply in the closet.

Two homophobic thugs team up with a female tabloid writer and threaten to expose Elijah's secret. Will he have to abandon the best thing he’s ever had to keep his family and his career? Wesley has no intention of letting go of him, but, in the end, unless Elijah mans up, it may not be his choice.

Elijah can never let anyone know his true nature because it would devastate his family and end his career. Yet one look at Wesley and Elijah knows he is the perfect man to dominate him.

Wesley is so comfortable with who he is anyone would be drawn to him. It is not often a character knows who they are and what they want so completely. I really loved Wesley! Too bad he's gay because if I thought I could, I would steal him away from Elijah and lock him in my closet to keep all to myself.

Elijah’s faith in Wesley is astonishing. While Wesley’s personality would make me want to follow him like a lost puppy dog, I still don't know if I would submit to him so quickly and willingly as Elijah did. This really speaks a lot about who Elijah is as a man, and about his past. I think it worked well because it gave me some insight on his personality and how his past has molded whom he is, without having to be told directly. Even better? He is also delicious, and Wesley’s roommate Arial gets to be in a apartment with these two together. She is one lucky woman.

The conflicts keep the pages turning until the very end. I was amazed how the author was able to create a strong plot line along with strong characterization. The conflicts really held the story together in a nice bundle. The author even managed to tie everything together in a way that left me wanting more. I hope that this is only the beginning of the characters' stories, and that the author will allow me to continue to watch the main and supporting characters grow, because they will be on my mind for a long time.

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