Trapping Drake (#1) and Setting The Trap (#2) by Lee Brazil

 

First off, a warning. This is menage (m/m/m)  but it is also twincest. I don’t mind reading about this kind of brotherly love but I realise some people are opposed.

Reading Order

  • Trapping Drake (book 1)
  • Setting the Trap (book 2)

 

Trapping Drake (Trapping Drake, #1)Trapping Drake by Lee Brazil

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Drake Fallon’s impulsive decision to stop and help a stranger change a tire leads to intriguing possibilities. What he doesn’t know is that there are two J. Cahills. After miserable years looking for love in other places, Jesse and Jay Cahill have accepted that for them, illicit passion is the only one. They’ve built a life, a home together. A chance encounter on a rainy night brings something Jesse never expected- an attraction for another man. Still, he’s committed to the love he has for his twin, Jay, and he pushes Drake Fallon away. Drake is intrigued by the vulnerable man he met in the downpour. Though Jesse claims to be involved, Drake is certain the relationship can’t be fulfilling or Jesse wouldn’t have returned his kiss with such passion. Jay Cahill is devastated when his lover whispers another man’s name in his dreams. When Drake calls, how can Jay resist meeting the man who’s crept into his twin’s dreams?

So what did I think?

“I don’t think anything as beautiful as what you two just showed me can be evil or perverted. It’s not common, I grant you that. It’s not the easy route to choose in life. But it’s not my place to judge.” from Drake to Jay & Jesse

The story was ok but I didn’t find it really special as it  followed a slightly predictable formula. However, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a little bit of time. The story ends pretty abruptly and provides the first chapter of the next book “Setting the Trap” as a preview. I liked this short story enough to read the next one to find out the conclusion to Jesse, Jay and Drake’s story.

 
Setting the Trap (Trapping Drake, #2)Setting the Trap by Lee Brazil

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“I’m not the kind of guy who lets someone else control my life, Jesse.”

As much as Jay has come to care for Drake Fallon, he can’t let go of the bitter emotions aroused by seeing his twin with someone else. He knows his jealousy isn’t rational, but can’t dismiss it either.

Jesse isn’t in any hurry. He feels what they have is worth taking the time to figure out. Learning to be together, getting used to a relationship between the three of them can only lead to a stronger, more solid relationship.

Drake’s tired of feeling like an outsider, like an interloper though. He wants in. He wants to be trusted, to be loved for who he is, just as he loves the twins for who they are.

It all hinges on Jay’s ability accept someone else in Jesse’s heart, something he doesn’t seem to handle very well.

Until a work related injury leads Drake to issue an ultimatum that forces Jesse to choose a side. Then, it’s an all-out struggle for power that could make or break this fragile relationship.

So what did I think?

This sequel continues the story of Jay and Jesse, twins who start a relationship with Drake.

Jay, Jesse and Drake are working out the ground rules of their relationship but tip-toeing around each other, each afraid of either being hurt or protective of the other.

At times I found the characters actions a bit confusing and struggled to understand the true nature of their concerns about the relationship. Drake was worried that Jay and Jesse would eventually shut him out, Jay was extraordinarily jealous of Jesse and Drake, and Jesse was protective of Jay. I found it easier not to try to work it out too much!

The story isn’t bad but I felt the relationship seemed unbalanced so the ending felt unsatisfactory, not adequately resolving things.

3 Stars

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Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander

Hot cowboy + gorgeous movie star = sizzling romance!

Texas PrideTexas Pride by Kindle Alexander

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb...

When mega movie star and two time Academy Award winner, Austin Grainger voluntarily gave up his dazzling film career, his adoring fan base thought he’d lost his mind. For Austin, the seclusion of fifteen hundred acres in the middle of Texas sounds like paradise. No more cameras, paparazzi, or overzealous media to hound him every day and night. Little did the sexiest man alive know when one door closes, another usually opens. And Austin’s opened by way of a sexy, hot ranch owner right next door.

Kitt Kelly wasn’t your average rancher. He’s young, well educated and has hidden his sexuality for most of his life. When his long time wet dream materializes as his a new neighbor it threatens everything he holds dear. No way the ranching community would ever accept him if he came out. With every part of his life riding on the edge, can Kitt risk it all for a chance at love or will responsibility to his family heritage cost him his one chance at happiness?

So what did I think?

When I started this book I was expecting a fairly standard story with a plot I am sure I have seen before – famous celebrity moves to the country, hiding his identity from most people and falls in love with a hot local guy. But this book surprised me. Yes, the plot does involve Austin (Academy Award winning movie star) buying a ranch and starting a relationship with his neighbour Kitt (ranch owner/cowboy), but it is unique in many ways.

The characters have real substance. They are both gorgeous – Austin with his movie star good looks and Kitt with his handsome cowboy hotness – but both characters have depth. Austin is looking to escape a superficial life and his actions show him to be a caring man. Kitt is a proud man who is supporting his family and an upstanding member of the community.

The book follows Austin and Kitt as they build their relationship while tackling issues that could tear them apart. Austin is living under the shadow of the press finding out about him, hiding from the world, and Kitt is hiding from his own sexuality, determined to never come out due to the impact it would have on the ranch and his family. There are moments of doubt, moments of jealousy, moments of drama and moments of romance.

The story has its fair share of sex (luckily!) but it focuses equally on the emotional and physical. “From the moment their lips touched, Austin felt the connections in his heart…” There are also some wonderful moments for the romantics with declarations of love.

There is also some humour. My favourites are:

“I love watching you back this massive vehicle into this small space. It reminds me of us having sex.” I don’t think I will ever be able to look at someone parking a car the same way again!

“In what world was it ever okay to have a room full of people sit for hours, stewing in their own greatness? All while they waited to see if they’d won a trophy of a naked man with no dick…”

There were a couple of minor editing problems and the Epilogue was called a Prologue but these were easily overlooked.

5 Stars

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