Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews
Title: Taking A Chance by Anne Brooke
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published November 5th 2013 by Wilde City Press
Length: 42 pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher
The moment model and part-time actor Benjamin spots the sexually alluring Alan 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 Alan is waiting for.
When Alan 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 Alan discovers his deceit, could he ever be persuaded to take a chance on Benjamin?
Purchase Link: http://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-romance/taking-a-chance/#.Unp6Ifl4yVo
3.5 stars rounded up to 4
I love the story set up. Alan approaches Benjamin, thinking that he's Timothy. Benjamin decides to take a chance to know Alan better and plays along. Unfortunately, Benjamin doesn't know that Timothy is into BDSM, but he's not opposed to the idea either.
Alan is very upfront and clear about his intentions for Benjamin, so much that he surprises me too. On the other hand, Benjamin is totally unprepared for Alan's questions about his sexual activity. However, Benjamin is straightforward and honest with his answers that it's refreshing to read the dialogue. It all makes this book a fun read.
This climax builds up as Benjamin's guilt over lying to Alan intensifies. But the ending doesn't finish off with a flourish despite the great start, so it isn't satisfying for me. The ending is not surprising, heart-warming, or memorable. It's just okay....
Overall, this is a fast, fun read that has an interesting mix up of identity. I definitely recommend this short read when you need a distraction and something to brighten up your day.
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