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Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath theAvery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together....

Title : Let the Wrong Light In
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ISBN : 9781634763158
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Number of Pages : 210 Pages
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Let the Wrong Light In Reviews

  • wesley
    2019-02-13 13:06

    Me (before reading this): Oooh! Kinky stuff.Me (while reading this): Holy shite! This stuff is turning me on....Several chapters later...Me: *Totally blindsided* Wait, what?! *BAM*I was so prepared for the kinky sex and the mad fuckery but nobody told me there were feels involved. Because who would have thought there'd be feels in a BDSM book? Apparently, I haven't!But, wow. I love Avery's character. Funny, sunny, a constant ball of energy, and a man who doesn't know how to shut up, Aves is practically an open book. These traits make him almost well-loved by everybody. Almost. Well his boss, Malin Lacroix (and please pronounce the name correctly), doesn't find Avery's personable qualities all that personable and seems to only like riling Avery up by rejecting his best designs. He is cocky, cold, and closed-off, yet somehow Avery finds this hot even though he certainly loathes the man.This is basically code for trouble as Avery can be stubborn and pushy when he wants something. And boy does he want Lacroix. Fantasies about the man channeling his sadistic side into sex are not enough anymore for Avery. He wants the real thing in anyway he can have it, even if it means losing his dignity and pride in the process.At first, I was like, "This is not going to end good!" and, "I'm going to fully enjoy this now before the shit hits the fan." Because Lacroix didn't leave a good first impression on me and I was sure Avery's heart is going to get beaten up badly by this bastard. But then Lacroix starts opening up and there's this particular moment when all the feels rush in out of nowhere and I end up saying (while crying of course), "This cold bastard is fucking growing on me!" and, "Fuck you Lacroix and the ninja feels you've unleashed! Who's cutting the damn onions?!"So, yeah. Though I started reading this loving Avery's character; I ended up loving Malin and his little French mumblings even more.And well, I also love the quirky, witty writing and dialogue. The silly metaphors and the metaphors that actually matter were perfect. The way erotic asphyxiation and sadism/masochism was handled wasn't crass, for me. The element of combining emotions into the hardcore, kinky sex was a major turn-on and just bloody awesome. And the secondary characters like Brandon, Justin, and Harlan who played significant roles in the development of Avery and Malin's not-so-subtle love story were truly unforgettable.

  • Gigi
    2019-02-11 11:10

    WARNING: The review contains a ridiculous amount of fangirling.There is a wonderful, rare feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you read a book by a new or new-to-you author and they blow your mind. It's so rare it's only happened to me four times in my four years of reading M/M romance fiction. Leta Blake's Training Season, J.H. Knight's The Last Thing He Needs, Roan Parrish's In The Middle of Somewhere, and Melanie Hansen's Everything Changes. Let the Wrong Light by Avon Gale now brings my count up to five. Avery Hextall is young and happy and pretty carefree. He has a grumpy, anal retentive boss named Malin Lacroix that he just can't seem to please with his architectural designs. It irks him to no end and he finds himself working harder and harder to please him. Avery finds himself having bizarre, kinky feelings when he is in his boss's presence. His wants Malin to hit him. Hurt him. Use him. It confuses him to no end. One day, in the privacy of Malin's office, Avery pushes Malin to the edge and they engage in an extremely rough sexual act. Avery finds himself transformed by this encounter and wants more. He doesn't understand this new kink, but it's the most explosive sexual experience of his young life. Malin has been married twice and considers himself straight. The book is told entirely from Avery's POV so we don't hear what Malin is thinking, but he does express disbelief at his strange and kinky attraction to Avery. Seriously, listen to me. Brutal kink really isn't my thing. The closest I've come to enjoying physical violence during sex is the classic, kinky delight by Anah Crow Uneven. But Uneven and Let the Wrong Light In have one thing that most violent BDSM stories lack. Emotion. Romance. A connection between the characters that shows the reader just how much enjoyment they are giving and receiving. And that is hot. SO FUCKING hot. This book melted my eReader. Stop everything you are reading right now and READ THIS BOOK. It is filled with amazing kink, hurt/healing/comfort, serious emotions and a connection between the characters that is nothing short of glorious. I am officially Avon Gale's bitch and will gobble up everything she writes from here on out. It's that good folks. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It deserves the Lucille Bluth GIF of fangirling. Extra special thanks to my friend JustJen for recommended this book to me. You will forever be my sister-in-kink. This review is also posted at Gay Book Reviews

  • Vivian
    2019-02-13 14:55

    Fantasizing about the boss?Kinky kicks. This starts rough and ends smooth for Avery, a junior architect working hard to win a design bid. He's fine, until unbeknownst to him, a switch flips. Others know what's going on, but not Avery. This turns out to be a theme. The breath play and S&M are fairly intense but without discussion, and not followed up again. It's not that sex becomes fluffy, there's bruising and biting, but the hardcore impact play is abandoned. Nonetheless, that rough and dangerous edge is lost as sanity is introduced back in by Avery's friends' who counsel him. Finally, Avery pushes back and demands more communication from Malin, to talk about what they are doing, which is pretty desperate situation. Malin is emotionally unavailable and it takes Avery a while to crack why.At this point, the story turns from this out of control roller coaster with flashing warning bells to a more earnest exploration of Avery and Malin. There are several different discussions about bisexuality and that is the norm among the male characters in this story with underlying preference and page time given to MM interactions, but there is MF, too. I enjoyed the story a great deal. I preferred it after the shift in focus away from wild out of control behavior to a more in-depth character development as Malin and Avery begin communicating instead of just interacting. There were a couple info dumps via conversations for backstory that for the most part worked, but were noticeable. Otherwise, it was a good read. Overall, when office shenanigans develop into more.PSA: BitingFavorite quote:He wakes up two hours later and drags his Crock-Pot out. He looks at it, discovers he has absolutely nothing to put in it—save the cat—and eats another few pieces of toast.~~A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~~~~Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews~~~~

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-01-26 06:46

    Avon Gale's stories are irreverent, dirty, fun, and unapologetically sexy. I just read and fell in love with Power Play, the third book in the Scoring Chances series, which I can't recommend enough. (Hockey players, people. Need I say more?)Let the Wrong Light In is not about hockey players. It's about architects. And architects can be hot. Trust me on this. Avery, whose frantic brain filters the story, is almost 32 but acts younger. He's sarcastic, defensive, and doesn't know when to shut the fuck up. He's a proud bisexual who gets turned on by displays of aggression and pops a massive boner thinking about his asshole of a boss forcing a cock down his throat. Avery is kinky, and his kink has a mean side. This book is not BDSM; forget the structure, scenes, or safe words. Malin slaps Avery around, even draws blood a couple times; he ties Avery up, uses him, whips him with a belt. While I don't mind rough play, the violence was too much for me. It crossed the line from kinky to uncomfortable. Avery got off on it, but I didn't. Malin is a weird guy: withdrawn and socially awkward. He has a hard time communicating emotionally, although he does try with Avery. As is typical of Gale's work, this book is filled with humor and banter. I didn't like Avery and Malin as much as I've liked this author's other MCs. I couldn't really relate to them, but I appreciate that she writes imperfect characters who go after what they want. I was fascinated by this story, even if some of the play between Avery and Malin made me cringe.

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2019-02-11 14:13

    AveryAveryAveryWelcome to my favorite characters list. Were I good with words, I'd write you a poem or maybe a song. Alas, I am not, so you'll have to settle for a gif.Avery will not be for everyone. He's stubborn, kind of all over the place, impulsive, charismatic, extroverted, loyal, self-deprecating, hates to disappoint others and is endearingly insecure. Avery has never understood the idea of wanting to be by yourself if you could hang out with people you like. If they're not available, then you take a nap.In short, if you like this guy...You should like Avery.Now, will you like this story? Maybe.I'll tell you why I really liked it.Avery is a junior architect at Ratcliff and Roberts. His boss is the enigmatic Malin Lacroix. Can we have an awesome name break moment? Because Lacroix. Every time I read it I heard it in my head all French and nasally and dramatic. Like there should be people clapping or maybe horns announcing or something. I may have even growled it a couple times. Anyway. Where was I? Right. Avery. Malin.Their relationship, initially, is dysfunctional, somewhat acrimonious and hella lopsided. And kinky. Like crazy stupid kinky. It's not safe or sane and it's marginally consensual. They never have a conversation. There are no safewords. Neither have any experience with kink. And they are engaging in some dangerous edge play. Somehow they only really fuck up once, but with all the fun stuff comes the aftercare quick isn't as sexy but essential. You can't just smack someone around and call yourself a dominant. Annnddddd this is where the wheels started to come off the track.Thankfully, Avery has many good friends (who are all hilarious and charming in their own right) who help him to see how toxic this relationship is. He takes a break, has a sex filled weekend with a girl who's probably not named Allison, plays a boat load of Candy Crush Saga and watches an inordinate amount of girl on girl Spice channel porn, but he cannot stop thinking about Malin. Cannot stop wanting Malin and what Malin gives to him. He's never felt these masochistic urges before and he's not ready to give up on Malin despite his iciness.THIS was when I really started to fall for Avery. He went to Malin, set some boundaries and stopped trying to be something he's not and lets the chips fall where they may. And the ice man began to thaw a little as I knew he would. They still have work to do, but it gets better.Avery's is the only perspective that we get, but Gale did an excellent job of interspersing sly insights into Malin which Avery is largely oblivious to but led me to believe that he's a lot more attached to Avery than he likes to let on.Malin has suffered through his fair share of tragedies and misfortune, but essentially he's an introvert to Avery's extrovert. I'm not an easy sell when it comes to opposites attract relationships. I think you have to have some common ground, but I think these two will make it because they intrinsically understand one another, eventually. And they both benefit from the relationship which is another check mark on my list of things I look for to make a successful relationship. It's a long road and that's what made it a rewarding experience for me. The story isn't overly dramatic but it has an honesty to it that spoke to me.The kink tapers off into mostly biting and D/s after they get back together. As long as we're talking about the kink... some people will object to their initial play. It's rough and ill-advised and unsafe, BUT who ever said people make smart decisions when it comes to sex?They're both inexperienced and mistakes are made. *shrugs* I like characters that are imperfect. Plus, I have to give them credit for doing some research and being more conscientious after they reunite.This book was not perfect. Avery reads very immature and some are excessively repeated. I was shocked to find out he was 31, but he made me laugh and he's kind of a mess and he reminded me of Stiles and he likes naps. Ok, I kinda have a crush on him. Whatever. Sue me. The dialogue was sharp and witty. The secondary characters enriched the story. The character development was layered and any writer who can make me want to cyber hug a fictional character warrants my attention. I will be back to read your writes, Ms. Gale. An engaging, well paced and all around promising debut from this author.No review copy was provided. *sad face* I just felt like reviewing it.

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2019-01-23 14:08

    4 Stars!I was a little hesitant to read this one. I was scared of the kink factor. I don't care for BDSM in my books, nor did I care for this particular kink--(view spoiler)[choking, smacking, belting.... (hide spoiler)]--it was very violent and angry. In fact I didn't really get it. In fact, I wish that element had been left out of the book. Because at the crux, this was a romance. And that aspect of the book I quite enjoyed. I think the romance overshadowed the other stuff enough for me to look past the kink. Avery was laugh out loud funny. At times even obnoxious. He literally never shut up! Harlan was moody and cold. But I got it, once I understood his story. How could it ever work between boss and employee? Between the bubbly bisexual Avery and the straight (GFAvery) stiff Harlan? I struggled with their "relationship" in the beginning. But it grew on me towards the middle and near the end. Then I was left confused by the time I finished....(view spoiler)[with the whole collar business (hide spoiler)]. This was definitely a very HFN ending. They end in a good place but there's lots of room for their relationship to grow.....or unfold. I think I will continue with the series. I just hope the BDSM kink factor isn't kicked up. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dalia
    2019-02-09 14:48

    Avery Hextall, a bubbly, talkative and friendly junior architect fantasizes and falls for Malin Lacroix, his cold, quiet boss who's a private person by nature. They start off with pretty intense kinky hookups but after a while their play turns less rough. Then serious emotions build up between them and they have to figure some things out if they want to be together.While I usually enjoy reading BDSM books with different types of kinks, I didn’t particularly like choking in this one. Nor smacking. Or belting. I just didn’t feel the connection between Avery and Malin at the time they did all of these interactions and they made me feel kind of awkward. Plus, they had no idea what they were doing and they weren't safe about it at all.However, I liked it a lot when Avery and Malin got to know each other better, they were more sane and there was romance. Also, I loved Avery's character and the secondary characters. Overall, I think it's a great read and it'd be awesome if there was a sequel.

  • Debra
    2019-02-10 14:55

    Review originally posted at Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance.I love it when I pick up a book by a first time author, finish it and immediately wonder when their next book will be out. This is one of those books. This book surprised the heck out of me.Here we get the world according to Avery Hextall; a 31 year old, bisexual, junior architect who has yet to have a design approved by his project manager Malin Lacroix (who Avery tells us is boring, smug, has no personality and is a crusher of hopes and dreams). Focused on his career, Avery doesn’t have relationships. He is snarky, can be a bit impulsive and tends to run off at the mouth, but that’s all part of his charm. When his latest, greatest design is rejected, he decides to confront Lacroix in his office and barges right in. He calls his boss a prick and manages not to throw a paperweight at his head. Lacroix agrees he is talented, explains to him why the “golden boy” Brandon Thomas’ design was chosen over his and merely suggests he take a few days off rather than firing him. When the two run into each other later in Avery’s “drinking office”, things only get worse when a drunk Avery basically accuses Lacroix of receiving sexual favors from Brandon. If that’s not bad enough, something in the back of Avery’s brain hints him having a crush on Lacroix. A hint that is confirmed when he finds himself getting off to thoughts of Malin Lacroix manhandling him.Avery finds his next project accepted, requiring him to work longer hours under the direction of Lacroix. Another impulsive move leads to angry, rough sex that pushes all of Avery’s buttons. Now there is no way Avery can ignore his lust for Lacroix, although Lacroix seems to have no different feelings towards Avery than before. Disregarding all the good advice from his friends Avery pursues Lacroix. The “relationship” starts out as occasional sex, but Avery is getting emotionally attached while Lacroix mostly remains cold. Avery loves the aggressive sex and is willing to push Lacroix to get it. Lacroix seems to love the domination but shows little other interest in Avery. Can this relationship with the seemingly cold, unfeeling Lacroix really ever go anywhere?At about 40% into the story I was convinced the MCs were both bat crap crazy and their violent hookups would result in a trip to the emergency room. Kinky? Hell yes! Safe and sane? Not even close. They both know what they want, but not what they are doing. The scenes are intense and really had me wondering how far they would push things. Avery’s friends who are in a BDSM relationship grow concerned and try to guide him, try to make sure he’s safe, try to direct him away from the seemingly one-sided relationship with Malin, but Avery’s emotions are involved and the lust is hard to ignore. He gets angry at himself for allowing Malin to treat him like he doesn’t matter, tries to walk away but quickly realizes he can’t. Avery is miserable with him and miserable without him and something is going to have to give.I loved Avery’s voice. His internal musings and verbal commentary were quite amusing, even if Malin didn't think so. Malin is quiet and intense and with only Avery’s point of view, it took a while to warm up to him. He was a mystery to me, and Avery, for a majority of the book, though there are a few peeks at what may be a softer side. Nothing is easy between Avery and Malin except for the sex and really, that's all there seems to be between them for quite some time, hooking up and then working together for days or weeks as if nothing ever happened. When the two finally try to work things out and set some rules it becomes clear that Malin is a real person with real feelings and a past that may be the reason for the cold, detached persona.This could probably be classified as a miscommunication story, but it was more in the realm of two people refusing to communicate and then trying to but going about it in the wrong way. Avery talks a lot to his friends but is afraid of pushing Malin in that area until he feels he has no other option.Avery’s friends were great secondary characters. His friend with benefits Harlan, has cut off Avery’s benefits, but still is there for advice and support. His work nemesis Brandon turns out to be hard to hate and able to offer Avery some valuable insight and Justin is a kindred spirit and a perfect addition to Avery’s life.Avon Gale gave me an unexpected story. The writing was fresh with a good dose of humor and the story pulled me in and kept me wondering where it would go. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next book from Avon Gale and I really hope you’ll give this one a try.Click over to Sinfully for a character interview and chance to win a copy!

  • Erika
    2019-01-30 10:59

    I just finished reading "Let The Wrong Light In" and I'm pretty flabbergasted that this book was apparently written by a newbie author. This seems crazy to me, since it was so damned good. I'm pretty sure my first book (if I ever published one) would not be this well done, with such an interesting cast of characters and such a clear narrative voice. I'm kind of jealous, but not really, since I got to have the pleasure of reading it. This book focuses on the life and times of a pretty amusing dude named Avery. I say he's amusing because he's the type of guy that seems kind of flighty, the type of guy that's always talking and forever making jokes and being self deprecating and making friends wherever he goes. The type of guy that one would assume had no other thoughts in his head besides being the slightly snarky life of the party and wondering where his next beer was at. It's amusing because he thinks these things of himself, and yet his friends know him as being a highly intelligent and stand up sort of guy. The kind of guy that you enjoy being friends with because you know he always has your back. Avery Hextall is an architect who just happens to be bi. He likes girls and guys equally but there seems to be something missing from his brief entanglements. He's alway had that thought pushed to the back of his head, until he recognizes some sort of kinship in his absolutely infuriating, always angry asshole of a boss. Or he thinks he does, because he assumes his boss is probably straight, but he's not imagining the tension there, is he? So we get taken on the ride along with Avery and his boss, as he discovers a new, very kinky side to himself, along with the help of new friends as well as old. We get to meet and dislike and then very slowly get to like his boss, Malin Lacroix, as they navigate the very turbulent waters of stumbling into your affinity for BDSM. As for Malin, well...Malin is very cold and unfeeling and off putting, but really that's because (view spoiler)[he's an extreme introvert who struck me as having some of the characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome. (hide spoiler)] He does, however, have many redeeming characteristics, but you won't discover those until much later. I'm not going to lie: this book is totally different than most books I've read in this genre. It's irreverent and raw and quirky and funny. It's got really rough BDSM done in anger and other no noes, and yet I liked it immensely. It made me frown sometimes but mostly it made me happy. But you'll see, because you should read it. Or maybe you'll hate it. It's a tough call, but I know for a fact you won't forget it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    2019-01-29 11:11

    ***4 Stars***I'm going to be honest here...I don't even know how to approach writing a review for this book. The potential to be unbelievably long-winded is really high....but I shall try not to do it. Let's start with the first thing that's going to suck you in....The writing:Right from the first sentence you'll realize it's not really like anything you've ever read before. I don't know how to describe it. It's rambly, but not. It's conversational, but not. I can't lie, it took me a couple of pages to get used to it. But you know what? Once I did....I was hypnotized, mesmerized and a lot of other flattering "ized" words. The writing is unique, engaging and seamless. It took me precisely one chapter to completely fall in love with Avon Gale's style and become a fan. The MC's:AVERY:I'm not sure what I can say about Avery. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he's a complete social butterfly, fiercely loyal, open as a book (even though all his pages are a bit confused), a great friend, a lover of life, a lover of fun and basically anything that makes him happy....all Avery wants is to enjoy life. Avery makes me smile and if I had his number, I'd give him a call so we could go out for drinks. Avery has never understood the idea of wanting to be by yourself if you could hang out with people you like. If they're not available, then you take a nap.Throw into the mix with this happy-go-lucky-guy the fact that he's coming to realize he's got a thing for some serious kinky fuckery and you've got an MC that is beyond difficult not to fall in love with. Watching him come into his own was an absolutely fantastic journey. MALIN:Oh, this man was a complete enigma. He was unbelievably difficult to get a handle on and that was a challenge in the most satisfying way. With Malin, it was the smallest things that you had to read into. A touch, a word, a look, a gesture....THAT'S where he revealed himself. I'm not going to say much more because 100% of the biggest rewards while reading this book is unwrapping the layers of this man. The sex/kink:Oh boy, I was outside of my comfort zone a bit in the first half of the book. I will preface this by saying that I really don't have much of a problem with the rougher side of sex. If it's between two consenting adults and I can understand their need for it, then I look at it as just an extension of their relationship. But here, neither Malin nor Avery were really sure what the hell was going on. Their initial encounters were rough and a bit violent (view spoiler)[choking, face slapping, whipping with a belt (hide spoiler)] with very few words exchanged at all. They would feed off each other's carnal desires and push the boundaries of safety. Avery didn't understand his darker urges, but he knew he craved them. The fear that would tingle up his spine when him and Malin would be at the edge of what's considered safe gave him an orgasmic rush he's never felt before. He was addicted to the feeling. It's not until he shares some of their activities with his friends that he realizes something may be wrong with their lack of communication...serious doubts begin to creep into his passionate haze about his relationship with Malin. And so the real journey begins...The relationship development/plot:I absolutely do not want to give anything way. The is such a multifaceted story with lots of layers. Ever have someone recommend a movie to you, but with that recommendation came the caveat that you have to pay very close attention while watching? Don't go to the bathroom, don't make a snack, don't even attention to what's being said and what's going on on the's all very important and pivotal to the story. Well, that's what you have here. Every. Little. Thing. Counts. There's the details that are happening on the page, there's the nuances of the character's actions and there's what's not being said but what you should read between the lines. So many layers of storytelling that by the end, you just shake your head in awe. Fuck...even a damn crock pot serves a purpose!!! Avery and Malin slowly evolve into precisely what the other needs to balance them. They make mistakes along the way, but ultimately discover that they must bare their souls in order to understand what it is that they truly need. I'll give you what I think you need, which, I'm starting to learn, is seldom what you think it is.In the second half of the book, the story ended up taking an emotional turn that I was not least not to that level. Once Malin's history was revealed, I was expecting to feel some sadness and empathy, but not to the point that I did. I became just as invested in Malin's tale as Avery was...and with one conversation, everything clicked into place. "People decide to forget things all the time, Avery. It just doesn't work. No matter how much you want it to."The secondary characters:All I'm going to say is......LOOOOOOVED! Brandon, Justin, Harlan, Avery's mom.....Yep....ALL OF THEM! Every single person served a purpose in the book. And every single person was three dimensional and well developed. No throwaway characters here. So, all this gushing and why not 5 stars? There were a couple of places where the story dragged just a bit for me. But I think the biggest reason is because I really wish I understood Malin's side of the rougher and kinkier parts of their sex life. I finished this book and I'm still not sure where his need/desire for it came from. He'd never done it in the past, but it's clear that it soothes him and gives him peace. Also, by the end, the kink is not a regular part of their sex life, so I'm left even more confused on what triggers the need for it (view spoiler)[especially with Malin giving Avery a collar?? (hide spoiler)] And, if I'm being 100% honest, I feel like this ended like a HFN and not an HEA.....which I'm not going to lie, I prefer in my books. Next up is Harlan (which....pause for YAY!!) so I'm hoping we'll get more on how things are going with Malin and Avery in his book. Until then....I'm off to scoop up everything Avon Gale has written. Damn it....I said I'd try not to be long-winded. My apologies. 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  • Lenore
    2019-01-21 12:09

    This book has its moments. There are a few good one-liners in there, and I laughed out loud at the Mordor reference. However, there are also quite a few issues that in my opinion don't allow it to reach its full potential.The characterisation of the two protagonists is asymmetrical, with high-energy, exuberant Avery being overblown and teetering on the edge of comic relief, and gruff, taciturn Malin being underdeveloped and inaccessible. This asymmetry could be attributed to the single POV, and it being mainly Avery's story, but the way Avery sees Malin is part of the problem. The way the two communicate (or don't communicate, for that matter) is part of the problem. For instance, their interaction needs to become more balanced, so a friend conveniently explains that to Avery and Avery internalises it. Avery needs to know he has some sort of positive effect on Malin, so he (view spoiler)[ conveniently overhears two strangers unwittingly commenting on Malin's sour/milder disposition pre/post sex with Avery (hide spoiler)]. Things need to happen, so they just happen—they don't develop—between them. In that respect, the characters come across as the author's puppets rather than autonomous beings. The thing is, though, the reader isn't supposed to notice the author pulling the strings. The secondary characters aren't organically incorporated into the story, either. They fall from the sky to play their assigned roles: the best friend and fuck buddy, the queer colleague who happens to happily practice BDSM, and so on.The BDSM element feels too arbitrary, not a driving element of the plot. There's an attempt to connect it to Malin's past in the last 25% of the book, but (like many other things in the story) it's glossed over, and at that point it reads mostly like a cop-out. In other words, you are told that they practice breath and impact play, but you're not shown why Avery suddenly needs it, you're not shown why it's special for Malin (you could have replaced Avery with anyone in those scenes and, other than blowing off steam, it wouldn't have made a difference as to why Malin went along with it), you're not shown why it bonds them. (view spoiler)[The weekend Avery spends having sex with that sweet girl he picks up at a bar seems to have a stronger emotional impact on him than any of the sex he has with Malin in the book. (hide spoiler)] Also, Avery keeps repeating how hot Malin or the things that Malin does to him are, but it's just that. A word. Besides, there's hardly anyone in the book Avery doesn't find hot, so it's not easy to see why Malin is so special after all.So unless you're willing to go down the "broken older man is fixed by having rough sex with peppy younger man" route, it doesn't make much sense. This is also supported by the standard scene where (view spoiler)[the GFY character can't really commit to the relationship or show trust unless he bottoms for the other character. Here, it went like this: "I just put my dream house on the market to start a new life with you. I want you to top me." (hide spoiler)] Lastly, I found the idea of making homes out of people interesting but quite superficially treated and underexplored.On another note. Biphobia and bi-erasure are very, very real, and while I appreciate what this book tries to do with representation of bisexuality, having your protagonist identify as half-gay(/half-straight) (even if it's tongue-in-cheek) is a rather unhelpful way of approaching the subject, isn't it. Having him jerk off to boobs doesn't earn him cool points either. Sexual objectification and sexist attitude cuts both ways. Here are some examples:(view spoiler)["The best part of being bisexual is it doubles the number of hot people to jerk off to.""If he’s going to have really hot imaginary sex, he’s going to pick someone a lot better than Malin Lacroix. Like Don Draper. Or that hot girl who ends up in the elevator with him sometimes—a redhead who wears tiny shorts and has an adorable smile.""Brandon chuckles. “Anyway, I thought you brought a girl to the Christmas party.” “Yeah, so?” Avery shrugs. “Bisexuals exist, Brandon. I like hot people and having sex with them and then forgetting their names and never calling them again. I guess I assume everyone’s the same. Or maybe I just hope they are.”“I can cancel it. I just thought you might like some porn with girls in it, on occasion,” Brandon mutters defensively. “You’d think most people would appreciate their boyfriend’s dedication to their bisexuality."“Your gay work friend.” Justin, who looks oddly familiar, stands up and extends his hand. “Hi. Nice to meet you.” Avery shakes it easily. “Half-gay. And wow, Brandon. Way to out a guy. There’s a code, you know.”"Sometimes I feel bad for Brandon,” Justin says and sighs. “How can you not want to sleep with girls? Look at them. They’re all so pretty.” “Right?” Avery watches all the girls at the bar as they interact. They lean in close with each other, giggle, and sometimes pet each other’s hair.""Later Avery flips on the Spice Channel and they make out watching girls do the same."(hide spoiler)]Other niggles: the story is told in present tense/third person but there are various instances where it shifts to simple past, then simple present, then simple past again, which makes the narration feel somewhat wonky. Also, people keep tossing things to each other (view spoiler)[(not only that paperweight) (hide spoiler)], from restaurant menus, to balls of paper, to pens, which to me read as a sign of their maturity (or lack thereof).

  • Ele
    2019-01-19 11:04

    *2.5 stars*Ah....I'm really THE minority here. First of all, this was impressive for a debut author. I wouldn't have guessed this is her first novel.Avery's character is funny as hell. He is all over the place, his inner musings and the banter with his friends are hilarious. But got too much at some point. I just wanted him to shut up, just for a little bit, so I can see what happens next. And the made me a little uncomfortable tbh. There was some heavy breath play here (to the point Avery sported bruises around his neck afterwards). Also, Malin belted Avery while he was really angry and really hurt him. All this without safewords or even a discussion beforehand. Now, I have enjoyed similar stories in the past, but what made this different is that the MCs were newbies, they really had no clue what the hell they were doing.On the plus side, they eventually understood what they were doing was risky and came to their senses. But I never really understood the nature of their BDSM relationship.There are some pretty great reviews out there and it is clear there is real talent here. Take a look, like I said I'm the minority.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-16 12:50

    Wooooah, this one was a DOOZY! Lots of stuff to cover here, folks. When I give 3-stars, it's usually because I liked a book but didn't really like it. In this case, the 3-stars is because there were parts that I really liked and parts that I hated, and those balanced each other out. I didn't know much about this book when I started, to be honest. I don't read blurbs that often or that well, and I just saw Avon Gale's name and I knew that I had to have it. I love Avon Gale's Scoring Chances series (Breakaway), and I really wanted to read more from her. To start, I had issues with the third person, present tense format. I really don't like present tense, and it sounded awkward in audio. However, that ended up being a minor issue for me because I got more and more used to it as I went along. I didn't know that this book contained a first time gay experience before reading, but I think that is worth noting because that is a particularly favorite theme of mine. I liked how Malin was in his 40s and discovering attraction to another man for the first time. Avon Gale did a very nice job with that aspect of the story, and it was an unexpected bonus for me.Now, onto the kink...The kink in this book was a real sticking point for me. The first half of the book was almost painful to read, if I'm being honest. I'm not a fan of pain play or breath play, especially without boundaries or knowledge of how that stuff works. The kinks that I'm into are humiliation, daddy kink, and discipline, so beating and blood are SO not what I'm looking for. That being said, even if you are into that stuff, I'd think you'd feel mighty uncomfortable reading some of the stuff in this story. I legit HATED Malin at the halfway point, and I was fully rooting for Avery to just ditch him. After Avery breaks through to Malin, things get much, much better on the romance-front, but it might have been too little, too late for me. I was team Avery/Malin by the end, but I don't know if it made up for the crappy, crappy way that Malin treated Avery before that point. In terms of character, we only get Avery's POV but I feel like I got to know him really well. I loved Avery, and I understood him fully. I also loved his open attitude towards sex and sexuality, and how honest he was. This book was totally team #bisexualpride, and I loved that about the story. The audiobook narration was very good, overall, but I had some small issues with it. I really enjoyed Derrick McClain's voice and his reading style, and I thought that he did a wide range of voices very well. A big pet peeve of mine was his pronunciations, which killed me. Every time he said "Berk-SHY-ers" for the Berkshires, I wanted to cry. It's "Berk-sheers," man! Derrick McClain also butchered all of the French works and names (every time he said Malin... cringe). Overall, this book left me feeling good, but I almost quit in the middle due to the fact that Malin was so terrible to Avery and I wasn't feeling a lick of romance. Avon Gale made a recovery, but it was a close call. *Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Dia
    2019-02-05 07:07

    3 stars for this story It was very hard for me to rate this book. Mostly because it was definitely not my cup of tea. I had too high expectations when I started it, but I struggled a lot while reading it. I have to admit, the last chapters were unexpectedly nice, but it was such a painful ride until I got to where I wanted the characters to be.I start to think the author's writing style is not working for me. We get this story only from Avery's POV - he's a junior architect who at first despises his boss, but ends falling in love with him. Malin Lacroix is such a silent and cold man. He has his reason, I admit it, but until we discover his past (which happens almost at the end of the book, in the last chapters) I already hated the man and it was impossible to warm up to him. He treated Avery with such detachment and roughness and well, even if Avery himself asked to be dominated, at one point I wanted to scream when he went too far. I was disappointed with Avery's choices and it made me sad seeing how he though of himself and the way he acted about Malin's rude attitude.The last chapters were sweet, but not as sweet as I would have liked.

  • Leaundra
    2019-02-14 08:08

    I don't normally read anything with BDSM in it, I will automatically skip it, it's just not one of my reading jams, but this book did sound good so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, it ended up being really good. I think the reason it was so good, Avery. I loved his personality. The BDSM part, they did not know what they were doing in the beginning, so yeah I winced a few times,It really wasn't that bad though at least to me ;-) . It's not all the book is about ,it's actually about Avery and Malin's relationship. It was hard to warm up to Malin at first(he really does have his reasons) but stick with him, he gets better for Malin , lol. I also enjoyed Avery's friends. BDSM is not going to automatically become my reading jam but I will be open to read a book that has BDSM in it, if it sounds good to me ;-)

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-01-21 06:52

    So I finally managed to finish it. I don't know, I struggled with the third quarter quite a bit.I'm not going to lie...I pictured this like a Steter fanfic a lot in order to get through much of it.I loved Avery, his humor and personality...but Malin. *sighs* I didn't like Malin until the end, and I don't like disliking a character for that long in a romance.Bottom line: For a debut novel I was impressed. It had good moments, and some great characters, but probably won't be a reread for me.

  • Tess
    2019-02-04 08:00

    DNF at 46%. I like the author's writing style but while Breakaway worked for me, this one did not. I found the relationship between Avery and Malin hard to enjoy - let's just say the style of the kink was not to my taste! Sorry but I'm not in the mood - and don't have the time - to finish reading something I'm not enjoying. I note that lots of my GR friends did really like this, so it's likely a me thing.One minor thing that I didn't like here (and also didn't enjoy in Breakaway) was that there seemed to be too much talk about women, their body parts and about threesomes. Maybe it's just me, but in most m/m romances with gay MCs I usually don't see any talk about the MCs thoughts about the physical attributes of other men. However, in so many romances with bisexual MCs (or at least the ones I've read recently) they always seem to be shown either having sex with a woman at some point or thinking about breasts or just thinking about how hot some girl is. I feel like authors do this just to show that this guy really is bisexual. See? He's attracted to women too. BUT whether the guy is gay or bisexual I don't want to see them being attracted to other people. And with gay MCs I usually don't seem to. I want my MCs to be attracted each other and that's it! Okay, end of rant. Oh and yes I realize this could just be a me thing too.

  • Line
    2019-02-13 11:55

    Re-read because I needed something to make me laugh and an MC that stood up for himself.It is no secret that my FAVOURITE MCs are those clever, bumbling, 'idiotic', oblivious types, and Avery is all that as well as smart and LOYAL, funny and strong.I love that Avery fights for Malin, even though there are clearly a LOT of issues, they haven't really worked out or talked through. Yes, there are a few scenes making me a wee bit uncomfortable, but Avery do stand up for himself, and he is in no way a doormat.Also KUDOS for the fantastic friends in this one. I do wish that Malin's family were told to go fuck themselves, but it was a minor thing... And Avery's all-over crazy, rambling persona made me laugh all the way through.

  • Annery
    2019-01-29 08:52

    I was thinking about why I like reading, watching movies, plays or Art in general and though I thought it was going to be something like "for entertainment" "for escapism" those are not truly the main reasons. It's because I'm infinitely and unabashedly curious about other human beings. What they like, what makes them tick, what life story or experience brought them to this pass and that brings me to this book. I've seen some reviews where people complain or dislike the book because "Malin is mean" or "the BDSM is really raw or not SSC" while I was so glad to have a real life relationship even though none of what Malin & Avery do turns me on except to be glad it makes them happy.Let me explain. This is the story of two grown men, one a bit immature and the other almost entombed, who fall stumbling, tripping and ignorantly into a D/s and somewhat S&M relationship. The story is told from Avery's POV and he IS the heart of the book. I love him. I love being in his head, even when he's being annoying. He's irreverent, smart, self-deprecating but not unaware of his professional talent and not a total pushover either. He's also generous and gregarious and brave and I really admire that. He's open and self-aware enough to discover and embrace a heretofore unacknowledged penchant for being "hurt" as a sexual turn on, specifically by his boss. He goes for it.In the first half of the book, up to chapter 10, the relationship does seem very one sided and perhaps even dangerous, as Avery's friends keep insisting, and that may be true. But as much as I adored Avery and was worried sick for him I also looked back to myself & people I know and all the dumb shit we did and still do that on paper we know is bad or even wrong for us and we do it anyway. Because we get that breath of life from it, because nothing else ever felt the same, because if the world ends tomorrow we had that moment in time.So Avery being Avery he jumps without looking into the deep end of the pool and Malin follows him. People seem to think that Malin is just being an a**hole but the truth is that he's as in the dark about BDSM as Avery but just responds to something after having his life on ice due to "reasons". Proceed to the next half of the book and the light will shine in all the right places.Avery and Malin find a form of D/s that works for both of them in the manner that most people do: making mistakes, stewing over them and when all else fails talking. And for those who are sticklers over the rules we have Avery's coworker/friend Justin and his boyfriend Brandon who are a by-the-book, card-carrying Dom/sub couple.In the beginning Malin seems like nothing more than a monosyllabic Sadist taking advantage and yet as Avery later observes: "Why didn't he realize most of Malin's weird behavior is simply that he's awkward?" Even though this is Avery's story to tell the character who really, grew, changed, made life altering choices and passed with flying colors is Malin. I was so happy for both of them by the end that I was going for a group hug but I don't think Malin has changed that much and Thank God! LOLMay I add that I was thrilled that Avery's issues where only romantic relationship centered. He has fantastic friends, a good job at which he excels and kick-ass parents. I love this. ***There's a bit of an age difference, 15 yrs or so and what some may think of as a GFY factor but seriously it doesn't even come to mind because these are so non-issues for the MCs, I even forgot about it 'til just now.******I did the Audio on this too and Derrick McClain is perfection in his choice of pacing and distinct voices for every character. Excellent.***

  • JustJen
    2019-01-29 09:45

    4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.Want a book that’s a little hardcore, yet funny and really sexy at the same time? This one definitely fits the bill.Avery is a junior architect who just can’t seem to get any of his plans accepted by the project manager. He’s a funny guy with a great snarky sense of humor who hasn’t had time for relationships, dedicating his life to his career. He gets by with hookups and enjoys sex benefits with his best friend, Harlan. His boss, Malin, the evil project manager who doesn’t seem to care much for Avery at all, is quite a mystery, and remains so through much of this story. His treatment of Avery really hits some buttons, and Avery just can’t seem to resist wanting what he can’t or shouldn’t have.Avery pushes, and Malin responds, which pushes Avery even more. It’s hard to describe what these two have going on. It’s rather explosive. Malin’s never been with a man before, let alone one coming on as strong as Avery, especially one who asks for the things Avery wants. But he gives it all and then some. Neither has any experience with the activities they are choosing, so both are kind of winging it. It’s a bit troubling in that neither is really aware where the lines are. Avery allows things to happen because he doesn’t want things to end, and Malin gives the impression he will walk away at any moment. He is not happy with Malin, nor is he happy without him. It’s a bad situation and one Avery’s friends are quite concerned about as well. They try to guide Avery and make him realize he is not in any type of healthy relationship, but Avery is pretty stubborn.Malin comes across as quite a jerk, but there are reasons for his behavior, and thankfully, we get to learn a bit more about his background once Avery finally does stand up for himself. When these two finally allow things to become more than the initial crazy hookups, they are really hot stuff.There are some great side characters here as well. Harlan, Avery’s bff w/benefits, cuts Avery off once he realizes Avery has his sights set on Malin, but he never falters in his support and offers advice and a shoulder whenever needed. Then, there is his co-worker, Brandon, whom he initially dislikes but who ends up becoming quite a good friend, along with his bf, Justin.This story grabbed me from the get go, and even though I wasn’t sure where it was going or how it was going to possibly work, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. Then, once we did know, I didn’t want it to end. I really liked what these guys ended up having together and seeing their journey. It was a really interesting change from the typical BDSM type relationships, even if it wasn’t always in a positive direction. I really hope we get to see more of these guys at some point and definitely can’t wait to see what Ms. Gale comes up with next.

  • Chris
    2019-01-21 15:11

    This was a little slow for me at the start. I felt like I was missing something and couldn't quite form the right connection with the characters. I thought Avery was adorable- almost like an annoying puppy and his fascination with Malin was certainly persistent! Malin was a unique character who we really don't get to know until the final 20% which is really a shame because I seriously wanted time with these two as they developed their blossoming kinky relationship. To me there was a huge lengthy build and then a way too short resolution. The supporting characters / friends were awesome and I loved them for their ability to brighten up the storyline during some angst years times. Did I love it ? No, did I enjoy it ? Yes 😊

  • Ami
    2019-01-17 11:56

    DNF at 51%Nope. Sorry. Not going to continue. It didn't work for me in the most fundamental level (of how I usually enjoy my reading). The characters felt two-dimensional and flat. It could work if I like Avery, considering that he's the only narrator here, but unfortunately I found him boring after a while. He started good and rather funny, but then the sex happened, and it was rather weird in pacing and not at all hot, and my attention just blew to smithereens. I tried reading further more, but it didn't get better IMHO.Some people I knew said how this story reminded them of Sterek fanfic somewhat. I will confess that while I read few and liked them, in overall, Sterek is not my thing. I just don't feel the appeal that much *shrugs*.At least this is NOT my first experience with Gale, and I liked the rest I read. I'm going to chalk this up as first book mishap and that she got better with the next ones.

  • Evil Cat
    2019-02-03 09:46

    Essentially this is Teen Wolf fan fic starring Stiles Stilinski as Avery. It's written like fic, it has the pacing and style of fic, and it has the "come have fun with me" invitation that makes fic enjoyable to read...That is, if you like the fandom.And you don't mind the overabundance of cliches and tropes, or the awkwardly constructed sex scenes.And you don't care that Malin never really makes sense as a character.Or that the BDSM elements are really, really weird.

  • Pixie
    2019-01-26 08:51

    I probably liked this book for all exact opposite reasons that everyone else liked it. First off, while Avery was “cute” and had a very Stiles like feel to him, I was team Malin all the way. Shocking, I know, that the 45 year old cold control freak of a man would make my heat rise (shakes head)….sue me, everyone has a type. Bossy, closed off & disappointed by life, controlling….let’s stop, seriously, you had me at 45…That was what I thought the book did the best with. Malin’s character is a mystery during most of the book. We know very little about him as does Avery. It’s intriguing and frustrating. Ultimately as the book goes on you start to see some flaws in how Avery pursues his relationship that make him just as much at fault with regard to his lack of knowledge. I thought it believable due to the dynamics of their relationship. When I was young I treaded lightly with older lovers, never asking too much, always worried about being a too much, not wanting to drive them away. Looking back I’m sure I came off uninterested. I felt Malin figured this out about Avery and they worked through it. It took Avery awhile to realize he needed to establish himself as an equal participant, as much in control even when giving control. The “BDSM” element. The uncontrolled element of it bothered a lot of people. I personally thought FINALLY. I don’t know a lot (read really anything) about BDSM or that life style. My issue with the romanticization of BDSM in the books currently being released is that at least one of the participants is well familiarized with that life style and a pro. No one is dabbling, no real mistakes are made, no one is hurt. As someone who finds an unexpected loss of breath due to a hand around the neck during sexy times to be better than receiving a Porsche for Christmas learning that about myself definitely didn’t come about in the safest of manners (please note I would adore a little squeeze in a 2016 Macan this Christmas….thrown in just in case Hubs reads). I liked that the two were playing a risky game and people were afraid for them. I liked that they were afraid of themselves. They made mistakes, doing things in anger that changed the dynamic of their play. I’ve been Avery, giving someone something more than I should/could truly provide, because I thought it was what they needed, and I can tell you from experience sometimes when people are angry they WILL really hurt you. Even if it’s just accidentally. I thought the sex was nice if not the most detailed, the relationship evolved in a way I found believable and well paced, the ending while more HFN was enough for me (not over the top but those three word had been spoken). I found the side characters interesting enough that I’d read books about them all. My only reason for removing the 1 star was the whole ex-wife brother dynamic I didn’t think added enough to the story to have it present.

  • Chelsea
    2019-01-29 09:54

    I really enjoyed this book. It was surprisingly funny, had some very indepth characters and oh so hot and kinky sex! Pain sluts are becoming a fast favourite of mine and I've read a few books centred around that now, however this one stood out because it (pain and domination) was new to both men and of course the humour!It was a little annoying but some of the sex scenes were glossed over and I would have really, like REALLY loved to have read them, but It didn't take anything away from the story, I'm just a perv :-P.I even got a little teary hearing Malin's story and I don't often cry in books, especially in books that make me laugh as well.

  • Chelsea
    2019-02-02 07:59

    Audiobook review4 heartsThis was my second time ‘reading’ this story, first time listening to it. I gave this story 5 stars when I read it the first time and I stick by that rating for the most part, the narration gets 4 hearts from me. I won't go into detail with the storyline but basically, Avery works for Malin in an architecture firm and one day by pure happenstance, they get their kink on. Malin is a cold, hard character to get to know and like, but his story will bring you to tears when you eventually get to hear it. Avery is one of those overly exaggerated funny characters, loud and outgoing with no filter, so if you don’t like those, you may not like this. This story is more about the instability of Malin and Avery’s relationship and how that evolves into something real. The sex is super hot, especially if you like pain sluts and rough play.I’ve listened to Derrick McClain before, not that long ago when I reviewed the audiobook for How to Be a Normal Person. I adored the narration in that book and McClain received 5 hearts from me. However having heard him so recently narrate a character as iconic at Gus from HTBANP diminished the experience of this book for me. All I could hear when I listened to Avery was Gus. McClain has quite a distinct way of speaking and it's obviously hard to change that completely. There was nothing I could fault with McClain’s narration. He still accentuated everything beautifully, he made the funny moments funny, the hot moments hot and the emotional moments heart clenching. It was just unlucky that I heard his narration elsewhere so recently, it made it impossible to really hear Avery within the story.The narration was well done, but when I read this again, which I inevitably will, it'll be reading not listening. Definitely recommend this though!

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-02-09 08:54

    Rather than repeat what others have said so much more eloquently (Wesley's review of this book is perfect --, as is Gina's - book is simply amazing. When beginning the book, it was like giving my hand to the author, Avon Gale, and agreeing to go along on an uncertain, unfamiliar path. At more than a few points, I wanted to grab my hand back ..... I didn't want to go there. But finally, you enter into the light and your whole understanding is changed. I was struck throughout by the concept of light, the wrong light, the right light ..... without light, there is no architecture. "Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building." (Thomas Fuller) Malin's past is revealed, and it's as if the light fully shines, showing Avery who he truly is, beyond the darkest of past misconceptions. Read this book.

  • River
    2019-02-08 06:47

    I love Avon gale's Scoring Chances Series so when I heard about this book I was curious about reading more of her work. I'm saddened to say this was not a good read for me. I wouldn't say the book is terrible but I just didn't liked it. I normally don't mind if a book is first or third POV but in here I was so confused with the POV. MshThe pacing of the book was horrible it was literally like "weeks later nothing has changed, mondays are weird, so a few days later" and in the end I had no idea if the timeline of the story was two months or six. I did not care for the MCs, I was way more interested in Avery's coworker story with his bf that Avery and Lacroix. By the time they developed a deeper connection I was disappointed. Not dual POV. I would have liked this book way better with Lacroix POV because it seemed like he had a lot going on and it would have been nice to understand him.

  • Jenni
    2019-01-20 07:04

    3.5 stars, rounded up. I had seriously mixed feelings about this book the entire time I was reading, ranging from "this is choppy-long and tell-y and a dangerous, irresponsible portrayal of BDSM" to "this is sexy-hot and interesting and funny and sad-in-a-good-way."I finish like this: I like this author's writing style and would probably try her again. :)

  • Nicole Castle
    2019-01-20 15:05

    A lot of things about this book really did it for me: The grumpy, cold, aggressive, French-speaking boss; the snarky narrator; the thorough spanking of said snarky narrator; the sweet HEA; the Candy Crush addiction that rivals my own; and most importantly, the We Have Always Lived in the Castle references since it's my favorite book ever.It was funny:Though with his all-American good looks and remarkably perfect hair, it's like having lunch with a Disney prince. Avery nods toward the plate. "Go ahead. You can take your lettuce thing with you and give it to the birds that obviously follow you around, singing little songs."And pretty hot:Later Avery flips on the Spice Channel and they make out watching girls do the same. (The bisexuality was another thing that really did it for me, obviously.)One tiny niggle though, I personally find present tense narration distracting. But I will say that I eventually more or less stopped noticing it which is a huge win for Avon Gale as far as I'm concerned. All in all, this was very charming and I highly recommend it.