Monday, September 1, 2014

Bold by Garrett Leigh

Title: Bold
Author: Garrett Leigh
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Blue Boy Studio #3
Main Characters: Kai and Matthew
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Loose ID
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Dancer Kai is the sweetheart of Blue Boy Studio. Cute and petite, he’s the slender bottom every top loves to pound. But nothing is ever quite as it seems, and beneath his golden curls and giggles lies something else…an edge no one can quite put their finger on.

Is Kai bored? Or does he crave something more?

Blue Boy Studio is under new ownership. Veteran porn star Jude has seen it all before, and with the help of Kai’s mentor, Cam, they figure Kai needs a change. Enter Matthew, a fellow dancer and the newbie on the block.

Kai isn’t impressed. Matthew is hot, but Jude and Cam’s plans seem beyond his reach. Can Kai really do…that? He doesn’t believe it, but with Matthew along for the ride, it’s time to be bold and find out.

My Review:
Warning: this review may contain bits that could be construed as spoilers, but I tried to talk about them in vague terms of the events that happened in the book, not the outcome to those events.

I've enjoyed this series about the male porn stars and club dancers and this book had some great possibilities. Kai has been a staple of the series, but he's gotten bored and wants to explore something more in his films. That right there was a great set-up which leads him to Matthew, but there were several other things happening in the story that were also great story lines...Cam's cancer and treatment, the hate attack at the club, the new management at Blue Boy Studios and everyone trying to find their way, Kai's testing the waters into BDSM, Sonny's bizarre behavior, the bad roommate situation Kai is in, and then Matthew and Kai's relationship. They were all good story elements separately and I liked all the aspects of each of them. But over all the book, it was just too much and I felt like the book lost it's focus. It felt a little too scattered. It either needed to be a much longer book or some of the side story lines needed to be cut out of it.

But I did enjoy Kai...and I liked the heat he had with Matthew and the new twist with their relationship. I wish there had been a bit more exploration in what they both enjoyed. 

There were several story lines that really felt like they weren't concluded. Who did the attack at the club? Will there be more? What happens now after the earthquake? What's going on with Sonny? There was also a lot of unhappiness and unsettled feelings from the couples from the other two books.

This was one of those books...while I read it, I enjoyed it and liked all the levels of action and emotion to it. But after I finished, it just left me with a bit of a hollow feeling that it wasn't quite finished or written right. But the series has been good, so I'm hoping that this was just a fluke with this one book.  

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