Pulled Long by Christine d’Abo
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: Short Story (79 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Kennedia
For months, coffee shop owner Ian Long has fantasized about a customer he knows only as "Blue Eyes." Until he learns Blue Eyes is in the midst of a divorce—the last thing Ian wants is to be the rebound experiment of a straight guy. Giving in to lust, he invites the man into the café after hours and they indulge in a little exhibitionist play, but Ian is unwilling to get involved.
When he's forced to see Jeff again to return his briefcase, Ian finally agrees to go out on a date. Dinner quickly becomes an erotic encounter in a special room at the sex club Mavericks, and Ian realizes Jeff satisfies desires he didn't know he had. The more he gets to know Jeff as a person, the harder it is to resist falling for him.
Jeff makes it clear he's interested in more than just sex. He wants to go public with their relationship in more ways than one. But can Ian open his heart, when he fears it will be broken?
My fingers are still tingling from the erotic heat coming off this book. I was completely hooked after only a few pages and refused to stop reading until I had finished. This book had me captivated by its well written plot and titillating eroticism.
Pulled Long was my first book that was strictly an M/M erotic romance and I had mixed feelings going into it. I have read other stories with M/M scenes but it was never the focus of the story so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. This was the last book in the Long Shot series by Christine d’Abo, and I really enjoyed the first two, not to mention that Ms. d’Abo had been leading up to this story throughout this series and I really wanted Ian to have his happily ever after too. I couldn’t not read it because I was afraid to step outside my usual reading comfort zone, it just wouldn’t be fair. I can honestly say that I am now adding another genre of romance to my list of likes, this book was awesome and it opened my eyes to the fact that a love story can be beautiful and the sex just as hot, no matter what gender the characters are.
Ian Long is the co-owner of the Pulled Long coffee shop that he runs with his two sisters. Ian has been fantasizing about the handsome "Blue Eyes", who has been coming into the shop and flirting with and teasing him for the last eight months. Ian than makes the discovery "Blue Eyes" has an ex-wife which means he isn’t really gay, or is he? Ian is one of those characters tortured by their own inner demons and guilt. He is a character with so much love to give but fears that his love does nothing but hurt those he loves. I really loved Ian because he wanted so badly to be loved but he just didn’t think he was worthy of it, and I knew he was.
Jeff "Blue Eyes" Carson is Ian’s love interest in Pulled Long and he comes across as this sexy man who is honorable and aggressive. He has been showing his interest in Ian from the beginning of this series and it has ramped up the sexual tension between Ian and Jeff throughout. In Pulled Long, Jeff is finally revealed completely as an alpha male who knows exactly what he wants and he wants Ian with a single-mindedness that borders on obsession, and is extremely sexy. He wants to get to know Ian on all levels and explore the attraction between them; he just needs to convince Ian that it is a good idea.
Ms. d’Abo has written Pulled Long from Ian's point of view, and although I would have liked to have gotten into Jeff's head, I was mesmerized by Ian's thoughts and feelings and felt like I was there with him the entire time. Ms. D’Abo kept me on pins and needles with her descriptive prose and rich dialogue which kept the story moving at pace that was absolute perfection. The events leading to the climax of the story were believable and there was no rush to the end.
The heat in this story was volcanic; Ms. d’Abo built up the love scenes with foreplay and emotion that had me turning the pages to see what she would reveal next. I have a fascination with sex club scenarios and this one did not disappoint, it ramped up the anticipation and the action, making my heart pump faster and accelerated my breathing. Jeff likes to give a blow by blow account of the people that are watching and what he thinks they are feeling making it that much more exciting. The love scenes and sex in this story was explosive and exciting and I did not expect to feel that kind of emotion from a M/M story and I was proven wrong.
I am a rigid reader, who doesn’t add sub-genres to her TBR list very easily but after reading Pulled Long, I have added the M/M sub-genre to my list as well as Christine d’Abo as an author. I encourage readers to run and get this series and prepare to have your socks blown off.