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Inside Out by Andrew Grey

Inside OutInside Out by Andrew Grey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he’s seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he’s a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he’s surprised when the guy giggles and squirms.

Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn’t intimidated by Bull. He’s in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.

Soon Zach wants more and makes his move by asking Bull on a date. Though small, he has a backbone of steel. He’ll need it—their happily ever after is thwarted at every turn, including by Bull’s interloping mother showing up unannounced and enemies from Bull’s past threatening to pull him to the other side of the world.

So What Did I Think?

I really enjoyed this story which had an interesting plot and great characters. I was actually the characters which made it a stand-out.

Bull, he may be growly but he really is such a good guy. Big, strong and a bouncer at a club, his inside is very different to his outward appearance. “He’s like, hard as rock on the outside, but like melty chocolate on the inside.” Bull has had his heart broken and has a hidden past.

Zach, he is young but goes for what he wants and he isn’t afraid of Bull’s intimidating exterior. Zach brings out the best in Bull with his passionate outlook on life. “I love how you throw yourself into whatever you like. Whether it’s dancing, your drawings, your food, you immerse yourself in what you do. That’s attractive.” Zach is also dealing with the pain of losing his parents and being rejected from his community for being gay.

I loved the relationship development between the two men and seeing Bull fall for Zach but found some of the other elements of the story slightly distracting. Dare I say, but maybe some of the plot complexities weren’t really needed. There was enough drama with Zach’s uncle coming back. I found Bull’s past life as a mercenary, coming back to haunt him, and the broken relationship with the Sheik’s son, a bit over the top. However I love the opportunity this gave Zach to play hero so it’s still a winner in my book!

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Make sure to visit Andrew Grey’s website to see an interview with Jesse Jackman where he talks about being the cover model. Click here for the post.

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To find out more about Andrew Grey and his books visit his website.

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