Title: Yogi and the Bear
Author: Nix Knox
My Rating: B
Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Ryan and Nik
Release Date: April 2015
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Months after a scaffolding accident leaves him in chronic agony, construction worker Ryan Powell has exhausted all that Western medicine has to offer. He’s willing to try anything, even yoga, to get some relief.
He expected to feel out of place at the New Age Center, but he never expected a power-outage bathroom encounter to magically erase his pain. When he discovers the man with the magic hands is his drop-dead-sexy yoga teacher, Ryan decides that there might just be something to this metaphysical thing, after all.
Yogi Niklas Baumgartner has found it remarkably easy to keep his shiny vow of chastity untarnished—until now. Still, a bathroom hand job doesn’t really count as sex, right? But his footing on the no-nooky wagon slips when he realizes the big, blond bear at the back of the class is his man in the dark.
Their unlikely attraction brings out sides of themselves they never knew lurked beneath the surface, sides it takes courage to accept. But when trust is broken, repairing the damage might just tear them apart.
Warning: Contains a gentle giant, a dominant orgo-bunny, a pair of weighty manacles, too many movie references, accidental porn, overcoming stereotypes, and deliciously kinky sex.
This book was pretty good. There's a lot of things happening and lots of background conflict for these two guys that makes for a lot of mental stress. But the initial scene between them in the blacked-out bathroom was awesome. I loved that version of Nik. Sadly though I feel like that sexy, curious guy Ryan met in the bathroom never reappeared.
Instead he got Nik/Julian...not that he was bad...he was just weak and wishy washy. Even in his Dom scenes...something about him just felt off (to me.) But in my mind, Ryan's character made up for that just in how wonderful of a guy he was...and he wanted Nik, so I could accept Nik's flaws.
The book is interesting. Neither of these guys had ideal childhoods. Ryan grew up in an extremely judgmental Mormon home where he was hated for being gay. Nik grew up in a home where his older brother was the golden child and Nik's purpose to his family was to help support their love and adoration to his older brother, Seb...to an EXTREME degree. (Seriously, Nik's parents were NUTS and that definitely helps to explain a lot of his issues. I can't even imagine.)
But it's not just their childhoods. They are dealing with some serious mental stress from their lives today too. Nik lives in a dangerous situation and doesn't have enough money to pull himself out of it. Ryan has an ongoing issue with his sister that he's trying to work out...as well as his chronic pain from his back injury.
Over the course of the book, they work through all these things and I love that the author brought in a psychiatrist at the end to help them with that. There is definitely character and relationship growth that's good to see throughout the book. While Nik wasn't my favorite character ever, I still did enjoy reading the book and liked the way it all turned out. I could root for these characters and liked watching them develop in their relationship even though it took them a bit to settle into the right rhythm that was healthy for them in light of their past issues.
I don't think I'd ever re-read the book, but I'm really happy that I read it the first time around. I've never read this author before, but I'd definitely reread him/her (not sure if the author is a guy or gal) if he released another book that sounded interesting to me.
BTW, I love the play on words in the title and did enjoy the whole yoga masseuse aspect of the book. That really worked for me especially the visuals of big, bad Ryan doing yoga. I liked that!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.