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Taking A Chance by Anne Brooke

Taking A ChanceTaking A Chance by Anne Brooke

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The blurb…

The moment model and part-time actor Benjamin spots the sexually alluring David outside his local restaurant, he’s determined to get to know him better. So he takes a chance and pretends to be Timothy, the blind date David is waiting for.

When David asks him about submission, safe words and spanking, Benjamin knows the sensible thing to do would be to leave. Funny then how he finds himself eager to know more. Will it be a date to remember and, if David discovers his deceit, could he ever be persuaded to take a chance on Benjamin?

So what did I think?

This was a fun short story about acting on the spur of the moment and seeing where life takes you! Maybe not the safest thing to do but it all worked out in the end for Benjamin.

The idea was interesting – when an attractive man outside a restaurant asks if he is ‘Timothy’, Benjamin says yes. What follows is a very interesting first date with an unusual alley encounter and ‘Timothy’ can’t resist going home with David.

Timothy and David have shared an online introduction so know a bit about each other so it is amusing to watch Benjamin try to make sense of what is going on. What is going on is a foray into the world of dominance and submission and it turns out that Benjamin is a natural and an eager student.

David is kind and caring and plays by the rules, shocked at ‘Timothy’s’ apparent disregard for his own safety and treatment at the hands of a previous lover. He treats ‘Timothy’ with respect and teaches him slowly as they have their first encounter – and it is HOT! I actually would have enjoyed seeing a lot more of the two of them together and was slightly disappointed there wasn’t more.

Lots of fun and an enjoyable short story! 3.5 stars

A copy of this story was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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To find out more about Anne Brooke and her books, visit her website.

Buy Taking  A Chance from Wilde City Press.

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Blind Blondie by Scarlet Blackwell

Blind BlondieBlind Blondie by Scarlet Blackwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Sam Campbell is a struggling artist and playboy beach bum who pretends to be a taxi driver to take a good-looking blind man home. Blondie is not impressed and calls the cops on Sam…

Artist and playboy beach bum Sam’s life is turned around when he meets blind Kieran and falls hard for him. Kieran is fiercely independent and doesn’t need a man like Sam in his life. But Sam needs a man like Kieran and it’s up to him to persuade Kieran he’s worth a shot.

So what did I think?

Direct, blunt, honest – that’s the way Sam is. He sees a gorgeous blonde guy, who happens to be blind and uses a slight deception (okay, so maybe it was a really, really silly thing for him to do!)to give him a lift. No malicious intent, just an unique “pick-up”, which sets the two men on an interesting journey.

Independent, a bit snarky, dismissive – Kieran keeps trying to give Sam the flick. It doesn’t work. “The way to my heart isn’t in my pants,” he said tartly but I wasn’t sure I believed him. I’m a man after all. I know these things.”

Sam is persistent and doesn’t give up. Keiran is the catalyst that causes Sam to change – rather than just thinking about himself and living the life of a beach-going artist, he wants to look after and protect Keiran. And Keiran, being so strong and determined, is supportive and encouraging of Sam’s art. They are very good for each other.

The story follows the emotional growth of the couple as they gradually let each other in, combined with some dramatic elements which help propel them together.

Overall, I enjoyed this short and sweet story with it’s happy ending.

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To find out more about Scarlet Blackwell and her books visit her website.

Buy Blind Blondie from Amazon.

Buy Blind Blondie from Silver Publishing.