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Friday, September 28, 2012

Twice by Chance by Susan Laine

Twice by Chance by Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (121 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover

As a teenager, Addy Monroe had a life-changing experience—although technically the “experience” was happening to someone else in the steamed-up backseat of the taxi stuck in traffic next to him. Six years later, at a club in LA, Addy meets rock singer Zak Roscoe—the man who unwittingly taught him who he is—and gets a shot at experiencing Zak for himself.

A private and guarded person, Zak finds Addy’s determined advances both annoying and intriguing, and he allows himself to be seduced for a night of pleasure. Unfortunately, some old habits die hard: Zak’s postcoital nature leaves something to be desired, and Addy quickly realizes that sometimes fantasy and reality don’t have much in common. If wishes were second chances….

Sometimes getting to really, truly know someone takes a while.  In fact, do we ever?

These thoughts are exactly what go through Addy Monroe’s mind as he falls into a relationship with Zak Roscoe. As a teen he sees Zak by chance, making out in the back of a cab. He's completely fascinated by the two men, well one of them in particular, so when he encounters Zak several years later, he's more than happy to jump into the sack with the guy who has become the star of all his fantasies and wet dreams. From there on in the story romps along and I won’t give it away, but I appreciated the fact that the author didn’t throw in lots of external conflicts to the couple; it was all about them.

To start with, if I am honest, I wasn’t sure of this book, but then, once Zak and Addy got chatting I was hooked. Ms Laine is a master of dialogue, it’s snappy, witty, funny, profound and completely moved the story along. The way Addy chats so much, Zak’s frequent closing down, it was a real treat to listen to their banter and conversations. The sex was hot, super hot, but their relationship and the problems Zak in particular had with letting someone close was the theme of this story. A theme that was well handled and didn’t always give me what I expected.

I would have preferred not to have two characters with the same letter for their first name, Zak and Zane. I appreciate they were brothers, but as a reader I had to go back a couple of times to check who was who. But other than that a good read, a length that made it possible to get your teeth into, and really three-dimensional characters, who despite their faults, I was still rooting for to get that HEA. Recommended if you like m/m that doesn’t focus on the gay issue, but instead explores the relationship of two strangers, with baggage, coming together in a physical and emotional way.

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