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The Au Pair Affair by Bonnie Dee

The Au Pair AffairThe Au Pair Affair by Bonnie Dee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“He left his seamy past…and found a steamy romance. ”

When Louis Guzman signs on with a Hollywood nanny agency and scores a job offer on his very first interview, he’s thrilled for the chance to start fresh-and hopeful that no one will delve too deeply into his checkered work and romantic past.

Helping an amicably divorced Beverly Hills power couple raise their two adorable children is the perfect situation. Too perfect to let a vibe of attraction to the handsome producer tempt Louis to flirt his way to a pink slip.

Since he came out, Dan Krefman has been too busy with his job to experiment with his newly embraced sexuality. But with undercurrents sizzling like live power cables between him and his kids’ hunky Latino nanny, he’s finding it hard to maintain his distance.

Louis promises Dan-and himself-that just one encounter will get the lust out of both their systems. But it’s only the beginning…and when Louis’s past crawls out of the shadows, dirty secrets threaten to destroy not only his own future, but the family he has come to love.

Warning: Hot male loving and sweet family bonding-not bondage, bond”ing,” perv!

So what did I think?

This is a nice story, perhaps slightly predictable but nice all the same.

The story revolves around Louis starting work as the nanny for a divorced couple. Crissi and Dan have two young children but finally divorced when Dan realised he couldn’t deny he was gay anymore.

Dan and Louis are very different, with very different backgrounds and very different sexual experience but are attracted to one another. After
initially trying to keep their distance and maintain their employee/employee relationship, they finally give in and commence a relationship.

It was actually easy to imagine these men together and they really did work as both a couple and a ‘family’ together with the children. Dan and the kids give Louis a focus in his life and Louis gives Dan something that was missing in his relationship with his wife (good sex!).“But experiencing the whole package – friend, partner, passionate lover who aroused him effortlessly – was a new experience.”

Louis is much more experienced but he truly sees something special in Dan. “Louis had a history with men. A lot of men. He’d dated them, slept with them, used them, been used by them. He’d had short term relationship and longer ones, mild flirtations and passionate affairs…..But this near obsession with Dan was not something he’d experienced before. He wanted more of Dan, much more.” And it was easy to believe that it wasn’t the money.

After a wonderful period of time together, Dan and Louis have to face the consequences of both their relationship and also secrets from Louis past. There were a couple of things that surprised me here. Firstly, Crissi (Dan’s ex-wife) is a lovely character and her response to finding out the news was unexpected. It would have been easy to over-dramatise her reaction but it is very realistic and you can’t help admiring her. Secondly, Dan’s reaction to Louis’ past. I expected a huge issue to appear between Louis and Dan but this didn’t happen. Everything was resolved rather simply. Maybe a bit more drama would have been better?

What was done really well was the children, particularly Cara, the five year old. Appropriate behaviour, appropriate dialogue, appropriate parental/nanny response.

Overall, a nice enjoyable story with a happy ending!

3 Stars

 

To find out more about Bonnie Dee and her books visit her website.

Want to read another book featuring a nanny? Try A Nanny For Nate.

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★★★★ Pickup Men by L.C. Chase

Pickup MenPickup Men by L.C. Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light—and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.

Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.

But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.

So what did I think?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story which moved along at fairly rapid pace, keeping me involved enough to want to read it through in one sitting.
From the very first chapter, there are lots of emotions and the scene is set for the rest of the book.

Marty is a rodeo pickup man and makes a huge sacrifice for Tripp, a bullrider and the man he loves. The two have been together for over a year and when Marty sees Tripp in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate to rush in and save him from being gored by a bull. Unfortunately Marty isn’t quick enough to save himself and as he lies on the ground, injured and in pain, he stares at Tripp in the distance. Marty realises that Tripp is so far in the closet, he won’t approach even as his lover lies injured and in pain. Marty knows he needs to end their relationship. “Warm liquid slithered down his temple, and he voweed that would be the only tear he’d shed. Darkness wrapped around him, pushing out sound and thought, and blessedly, the pain of broken bones and shattered dreams.” And that’s just chapter one!

The story follows Marty and Tripp as they move from rodeo to rodeo. There is some bull riding action but most of the story explores the emotional turmoil each man is facing.

Tripp wants another chance but Marty keeps strong and his friends offer support. Plus Eric, an EMT joins their group of friends, expressing a clear interest in Marty.

Tripp wants nothing more than to be the man that Marty needs “Tripp berated himself, He had to stop this, had to get over his fears somehow before he lost Marty completely.” but he bears tremendous guilt from the past which does not make this easy.

Losing Marty, the jealously he feels when he sees Eric with Marty, and finally a push from Marty himself, finally see Tripp taking steps to address his past.

But nothing is simple and the men need to face even larger hurdles if they are to be together.

I enjoyed this story and the journey that Marty and Tripp needed to undertake to be together. At times I wanted to shake them to get them to see sense. Admittedly I was also confused as to why Marty gave Tripp another chance but finally understanding his history put it into perspective. This also helped me to like his as a character more. I didn’t warm to Tripp at the beginning of the book but by the end I was cheering for him!

This books gets points for having some big dramatic moments and of course I love grand romantic gestures so bonus points there too!

4 Stars

For more information on L.C. Chase and her books, visit her website.

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