Thursday, October 11, 2012

Last Stop by Lou Harper

Title: Last Stop
Author: Lou Harper
My RatingA-

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Sam and Jay
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

When love drifts into his life, danger isn't far behind.

Sam Mayne's life is as dull as the dishwater in his small-town Montana diner, and that's just how he wants it. Quiet, uneventful, safe from his shadowy past. The breezy young drifter who answers his help-wanted ad makes him uneasy in ways he dare not examine too closely. Except he can't help but be pulled in by Jay Colby's spunky attitude, endless stories, and undeniable sex appeal.

Fresh off yet another romantic disaster, Jay doesn't understand his attraction to the taciturn line cook, but there's no fighting the chemistry that lands them in bed together. Where Sam's subtly dominant streak takes command, and Jay delights in discovering the pleasures of his submissive side.

Safe in the assumption their relationship is temporary, neither lover holds back when the heat is on. Until Sam's deadly past catches up with them with a vengeance, forcing him to drop the life he's built, pick up his lover, and run. As danger cuts closer to the bone, Sam and Jay are forced to face the truth. About themselves, about the depth of their love-and the newly forged bonds that are about to be tested to the limit.

Warning: Contains enough sparks to ignite a sexual fire, ably fanned by the judicious use of some interesting props, as well as some butt-warming spanking. Sizzzzle.

My Review:
I liked this book. It had just the perfect levels of sizzling sex, edge of your seat suspense, and a really gorgeous romance. 

Jay is a wanderer. He's gay and has learned to use that to his advantage to help him get by. On his own since since he was a teenager, he uses his sexuality to help him find a somewhat stable place to sleep. Unfortunately, with that comes the fact that whatever situation he is in, there's no stability there. He's come to expect it no matter what his lover of the moment tells him...he's learned to not get attached.

Sam has also lived a nomadic life, but he's learned to address his sexual needs with one night stands. The few he's gotten attached to have been used against him and have usually died, so he's learned not to get attached. 

When Jay wanders into Sam's Montana diner, they both know this situation is temporary. That's just the way that things work for both of them....they don't plan on getting attached, but...

And that's what makes this story so good. Neither of these guys EVER planned to get attached. They both know better and they've learned that lesson in very painful ways, but sometimes you just can't control your heart. And as a reader, there is nothing more gorgeous than watching feelings grow and the vulnerability that comes with that. I love stories where no matter how hard they fight it, they can't overcome the feelings for each other and that is definitely the case in this book. They're in danger and Sam especially keeps trying to shove Jay out of his life...for his own safety....but it's a losing battle.

I loved the relationship between these two. Sam is a big-time alpha and dominate and for the most part, Jay submits himself to that. Until it comes time for Sam to sacrifice himself and then there's no pushing Jay. I loved that he stood up for what he had to when he knew he needed to. He may be the submissive in this relationship, but Jay is no pushover. He will push right back...LOVED that! And both these guys are really smart. They're on the run for the second half of the book. Sam has all his plans...A, B, C, and D...and he's not telling Jay much about what is going on (yep, there's that controlling alpha). But Jay is smart and observant...he doesn't miss much and we've already established that he's not a push-over.

Like I said, I just thoroughly enjoyed this book and I fell in love with these two characters. I doubt there are any more books planned for them (the book just isn't written that way), but these are the style of characters that I would easily follow into another book to read more of their story. Just a great dynamic between the two of them. Recommend!!

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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