With Tad's reservations firmly on the one-eighty, he's finally more at ease exploring this intriguing new part of himself, especially where his attraction, and affections, for Scott are concerned. But when their evening plans get cancelled, Tad winds up watching the guy in action at the gym instead. Kickboxing lessons lead to sparring, which in turn leads to a face-off more erotic than Tad could have ever imagined. With huge new boundaries crossed, both men are floored like never before. Have these milestones finally put all Tad's hang-ups behind him?
Warning: this 30k+ story includes erotically rough physical play and graphically explicit gay sex.
Intended for mature audiences only.
Knight threw in some subtle word play that made me laugh and at the same time ache for Tad. He is truly struggling with his emotions and in previous books, I thought he might be playing games with Scott out of curiosity, but this book delves more deeply into Tad's mind set. He shows huge growth as far as his feelings for Scott and his willingness to let Scott in on what he is thinking. And Scott takes a HUGE risk with Tad. I'm not going to give it away, but he takes on a roll which makes him vulnerable on so many levels. It is no secret, from my previous reviews, that I had issues with Tad and thought him to be very shallow, but in this book, I found my emotions all over the place as he moved through several levels of fear, acceptance, release, and fear again. Scott has always been my favorite character- still is- but he was frustrating at times in this part of the story. He gave mixed signals and contradicted himself, even as he allowed Tad to settle more completely in his life.
I cannot wait to see what happens next. Knight introduced a few new characters and we will hopefully gain more insight into Tad's friends and their history. Some of Scott's friends piqued my interest and I'm dying to see what happens with Max. The emotions are raw at times and Knight has a knack of hitting the nail on the head in terms of those human frailties we sometimes avoid so we don't have to look too closely at ourselves. The angst is real for both characters. Scott wants Tad to accept himself and Tad wants Scott to give him time. She is brilliant and her writing is positively insightful. And, once again, she left me wanting more!
A side note..... I love the covers of the books. This cover is perfect and reflects the shift from focusing on Tad to looking at what it means to be a man which ultimately is what I see Tad struggling with. He is caught up in what he assumes are his friends' definitions and then sees an incredibly male, and very masculine, person in Scott who he desires. Will he be able to bring the two parts of his life and mind together? What will Knight throw at Tad and Scott next? I can't wait to find out!