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Friday, August 31, 2012

But My Boyfriend Is by KA Mitchell

But My Boyfriend Is by KA Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Length: Full Length (212 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

The most dangerous lies are the ones you tell yourself.

Dylan Williams is not gay. Sometimes he gets off with other guys, but so what? He plans to get married someday—really married, like with a wife and kids. And he’s determined that his future family’s life will be the normal one he and his brothers never had.

Mike Aurietta is gay, but his job keeps him in the closet. He doesn’t usually risk frequenting infamous cruising places like Webber Park. But when he’s cutting through one night, he finds himself defending a victim from gay bashers.

It’s all Dylan can do to process the shock that anyone would want to hurt his quiet twin brother. At first he needs Mike’s eyewitness report to satisfy the gut-wrenching desire for revenge. Then he finds himself needing Mike’s solid, comforting presence…and the heat that unexpectedly flares between them.

In the aftermath, Mike quickly learns not to expect too much from his conflicted lover. Though he never thought his good deed would come back to bite him in the ass. Or that hanging on to the possibility of love could force too many secrets out of the closet—and cost them both everything.

Angst, sex, and great storytelling. Yep, it's a KA Mitchell book.

Twins, angst, and lots of hot guys. Le sigh. The moment I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to review it. Why? First, KA Mitchell writes stories that draw me in like a moth to a flame. I get emotionally connected to the characters and think about them long after the end of the story. The writing is flawless and I don't want to put them down. This book was no exception.

The 'I'm not really gay' trope has been used many times. It has. But it's life. Lots of people can relate to the theme of the story. Either coming out isn't possible or they are still confused. Mitchell writes this trope in a fresh way that feels good. Mike doesn't deny he's gay, he just won't advertise it because it could cost him his job. Understandable, really, because in this day and age, a job is everything.

There are other aspects of this story that are fresh as well. There's the situation between Mike and Darryl. Darryl's been attacked by gay bashers and needs help. Enter Dylan, Darryl's twin brother. He's enough to make Mike change his mind about what's important. Yes, there is a lot of sex in this book, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The sex isn't just hinky sex, it's charged with emotion and passion.

If you want a book that's head and shoulders above the rest, then this might be the book for you.

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