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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt

The Closer You Get by L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (172 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

The virgin isn’t the only one with something to lose...

Sequel to The Distance Between Us

Self-described manwhore Kieran Frost is loving the single life. Two years after moving to Seattle, he still has his friends with benefits, Rhett and Ethan, plus a never-ending supply of gorgeous, available men wandering through the bar where he works. A relationship? Spare him the drama and heartbreak. He’s got no complaints about his unattached lifestyle.

When Rhett’s daughter introduces him to newly-out-of-the-closet Alex Corbin, Kieran’s interest perks up. After all, the quiet ones are always the freaks in bed. But Alex isn’t just shy and reserved. He’s a virgin in every sense of the word, having never even kissed anyone else.

Kieran is no one’s teacher, and his first instinct is to run like hell in the other direction. But his conscience won’t let him throw the naïve kid to the wolves for someone else to take advantage of. The plan is to introduce Alex to his own sexuality, pull him out of his shell, then go their separate ways.

It’s the perfect, foolproof plan…assuming no one falls in love.

The basis of this story is a common theme; boy meets boy, boy falls in love unexpectedly, and boy deals with his fear of commitment. Kieran Frost is a self-proclaimed bachelor who is convinced relationships and love don’t last forever. Kieran is a very likeable guy, he knows what he wants and doesn’t want out of life, and doesn’t hurt others in the process of living his free loving life style. But when face to face with a virgin seeking guidance into the gay life style, all he ever thought gets turned upside down. To read as Kieran slowly opens up to sweet and gentle Alex, I found myself falling in love with him to. The loving and respectful way he treated Alex in taking him step by step on what to watch out for in regards to meeting other gay men and helping build Alex’s self-confidence.

I like how Alex was written with the naiveté of what a male/male relationship was like. His innocence helped make this budding relationship more believable when it came to his acceptance of the parameters of the relationship. He’s twenty-one and still a virgin--who better than an experienced older man to help rid him of his virgin status and teach him the ropes along the way? So of course he would agree to whatever Kieran wanted to keep him in his life.

The best part about this story was all the dialogue between the characters. Definitely gave that extra zing to help carry this story along. I got to know more about the characters' personalitys from their conversations with one another and it made these fictional characters come to life.

This was a very entertaining book to read. Pairing up a virgin with an overly experienced partner is a love story just waiting to happen. The love scenes between Kieran and Alex were taken slow at first but towards the end they down right steamed up the pages. A captivating read from beginning to end. I would completely recommend The Closer You Get to any readers who like their stories filled with doubt, hard-headed men, and the hope that love conquers all in the end.

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