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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Krewe Daddy by Margie Church

Krewe Daddy by Margie Church
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Luis is the Daddy, a sought-after lover, with an ego to match the mammoth-sized Mardi Gras floats he designs. His lifestyle and reputation are wearing him out, but Luis can't find a satisfying way to break the cycle and be happy, too.

Drew's insecurities pushed him to have a foolish affair six years ago. It destroyed his relationship with Luis, and he's never been able to commit to anyone since. Now, he's taken control of his life and changed his submissive personality by becoming a model for Kevin Marks, and a wildlife enforcement agent in New Orleans.

These men haven't forgotten each other, or settled their differences. When they accidentally meet in a French Quarter gay bar, the years of regret, anger, and pent-up emotions erupt. Their passion is as hot as ever, their mistrust just as potent. When Drew's future is in Luis' hands, will he choose his lifestyle or love?

A little intimidation and attempted murder sure goes a long way towards getting priorities straight in one’s life but the payoff of a finally resolved romance is enough of an impetus to see it through until the end game. If he survives.

Ms. Church set up the plot elements in the first two chapters, giving readers a bit of background that ties the two heroes together. It was done with a natural easy flow by getting into each of the heads of Drew and Luis. I learned that there are unresolved issues between the men but that they’ve gone on with their lives. Both men have changed to some degree; Drew most of all. The challenge is going to be to reconcile their past differences and learn about each other all over again. Some things have remained the same, like the incendiary passion that erupts between them, and others have changed, like Drew’s confidence, enhanced by doing a job that matters. Life has shaped Drew into a sharper, smarter man and it’s Luis that needs to come to terms with it.

The plot thread of criminal activity and the threat to Drew’s safety is woven throughout the book giving a sharp edged tone to its telling, especially with the pressure of the ticking clock. Drew’s current job put him in harm’s way and it’s coming to get him. First he has to testify and someone doesn’t want him to. The hero has to survive long enough to tell his story to a jury. The scenes of the violent confrontation were hard to read. Ms. Church did a very nice job of getting the horror and viciousness across to a reader.

When Luis and Drew reconnect there are a lot of great sex scenes but the drama and intensity that peppers the story makes the sex more meaningful and powerful. There’s a certain level of communication that goes on during those romps and it’s Luis and Drew’s hearts doing the talking. What comes out of their mouths, and the mixed-up insecurities that plague their brains, mess up what their bodies are trying to tell them. It’s not over, it’s a new beginning and this is their second and last chance.

Of course, the path of love isn’t easy or smooth and once they reconnect, Luis has to make some hard choices. Drew needs to learn and accept that this time, Luis is for real. Nothing tests that fragile new resolve like having a partner who was vibrant and independent suddenly lose that independence and then having to deal with the emotional fallout. Luis and Drew’s new beginning is forged in fire. If they can make it through these worst of times, then there is hope. Ms. Church effectively took me through Drew’s painful healing process, both emotional and physical with writing that captured the darkness he felt.

I wasn’t too crazy about the character of Kyle. In the beginning he seemed okay, like a wonderful support system for Drew, with benefits. He came across as sane, well adjusted and a solid peer. Once Luis came on the scene, Kyle changed, like he’d become possessed by a sniveling, resentful and immature alien and he did and said things that didn’t jive with how he was initially portrayed. I’m not sure exactly why his character didn’t work for me but he annoyed me immensely. Maybe it was his true self, and the author wanted that swift change to be shocking; in that, she succeeded. I had a hard time accepting it though.

What I did enjoy was seeing Teak and Kevin again in well placed cameos. There was a lot of great emotion from Drew’s friends and the scene in the hospital really got to me. Ms. Church grabbed my attention and put my feelings through the wringer when she described the hero’s frustration, worry and fears. What kind of productive life can he have if he never recovers? That was pretty heavy stuff and the author handled it well.

There’s no doubt that the sex between Drew and Luis was hot. Ms. Church knows how to make a reader sweat and the writing was well done.

One character that was a gem was Sapphire. What a hoot and a very nice addition to the story. I don’t think Sapphire was meant as comic relief but certainly he brought a much needed fun element to whatever scene he was in.

Krewe Daddy has a lot going for it. Drama and suspense spices it up while passion ignites the pages as Drew and Luis reconnect and fall in love all over again. I had to refrain from saying more about this book. Ms. Church managed to put a ton of interesting and fascinating twists and turns between the main protagonists and her secondary characters that I had a hard time choosing what to focus my review on. I enjoyed Drew and Luis, I liked the dialogue and was wide-eyed from the criminal element. The author really paid attention to the emotions of her characters and that attention to detail made them vivid and real. This was a gripping and entertaining read but what I really liked was how Ms. Church wrapped up the happily ever after. It was so romantic and complete. Now that’s the way to do it.


Margie Church said...

Xer - what a fabulous, well-constructed review. Thank you so much. I'll enjoy re-reading this and be linking to it on my website.

Two things - Kyle was intentionally written that way. Happy as long as he got his way and when he didn't, he turned into a manipulative SOB. And Sapphire! I had so much fun writing him. I may write a short - Sapphire Does Ronnie just for fun. LOL Thanks again.

Xeranthemum said...

Thank you, Margie. The review was fun to write. And, **GG** on Sapphire Does Ronnie, that WOULD be fun! :-)