Title: For Real
Author: Alexis Hall
My Rating: A
Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Laurie and Toby
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.
Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.
The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.
It can’t be real.
Wow...this book! Initially I didn't want to read it because nineteen...that's just so young. Honestly younger than I like to read, but then my blogger friends who I trust started putting out amazing reviews so I decided to take a chance on it. I am so glad that I did.
Yes, nineteen is young, but Alexis Hall did an incredible job building Toby's character. He's really complex. He knows what he wants and needs with sex, but he's so young, awkward, and somewhat naive. Laurie is the opposite. He's jaded and after a broken heart just doesn't see the point in the scenes anymore...it's all just for show and he's tired of the spectacle of it. But he sees something in Toby that draws him...and he so doesn't want to be drawn to Toby. Toby is nineteen...virtually a baby sexually especially compared to Laurie's thirty-seven.
The book was really amazingly good. I truly believed in the connection between the two men. Neither one of them trusts it...they are too different. Laurie is a doctor. Toby works in a cafe for minimum wage. But Toby has this honest, awkward charm about him that just works...and he charms not only Laurie. I loved the scenes from Oxford and how well Toby does with Laurie's friends. The story is sweet and sexy. Watching Toby unravel Laurie is incredibly sexy and erotic. I love that this young boy has the ability to take Laurie to such extremes.
If you are like me and uncomfortable with the age difference, I challenge you to give the book a try. There are a LOT of books out there that I just can't handle the very young MC, but Alexis Hall wrote Toby so well and interestingly, but still didn't compromise the fact that he is young. That's never in question, but he's the perfect match for Laurie, regardless.
I loved this book and am so glad that other reviewers convinced me to pick it up. I would have definitely missed out otherwise.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.