Saturday, November 25, 2017

Owning It by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack

Title:  Owning It
Author: Riley Hart and Devon McCormack
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Michael Pauley

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: The Metropolis #3
Main Characters: Derek and Jackson
Release Date: July 2017 (audiobook)
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Just out of an eighteen-year marriage, the last thing Jackson expects the first time he visits a gay bar is for a sexy, drunk twink to mistakenly climb into his Jeep. The twink part he’s good with, the drunk part…not so much. As far as Jackson’s concerned, the boy should come with a warning label. But Derek is not as flighty as Jackson thought…he’s actually pretty incredible. Getting to know the wild, funny man is a breath of fresh air. And when Derek calls him Daddy? Christ, he never thought something like that would feel so right.

Derek has serious daddy issues, and his name is Jackson. He’s stubborn and controlling…and ever since Derek woke up in the silver fox’s condo, he can’t get Jackson out of his mind. Maybe because no matter how many times he throws himself at him, Jackson doesn’t take the bait. And maybe because Jackson is the one person who sees him for who he really is. But Derek loves a challenge, and he’s eager to rock Jackson’s world.

Jackson isn’t interested in a meaningless hookup. He wants the real Derek, not just the sassy jokester everyone else sees. But it’s not easy for Derek to open up. He feels much safer guarding his heart. And Jackson needs to figure out the balance between living for himself and the mountain of responsibilities weighing him down. Derek and Jackson must find the common ground between hookup and commitment—if they can’t own their issues and work together to overcome their faults, they could smother the flame between them that’s just beginning to ignite.

Listening Length: 7 hours and 49 minutes
My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 4.5
Story: 3.5

Confession: Even after reading/listening to this book, I still just do NOT get the Daddy kink. It's seriously creepy to me, but beyond that, this book was enjoyable. 

For me, Jackson made this book. (And again, I probably would have liked Derrick more if it wasn't for the whole 'daddy' thing.) Jackson has never been with a guy. He's bisexual, but he fell in love with his ex-wife when he was only 16...and she got pregnant. So Jackson never got to be that young, experimental guy. Now he's 37 and exploring for the first time ever. 

Derrick is the group's manslut, and pretty proud of it. He will sleep with anyone, pretty much. But Jackson definitely pushes all his buttons, so he chases Jackson big time. Jackson also isn't sure about the whole 'daddy' thing, but he finds himself intrigued by Derrick. And then he starts to realize there's much more to Derrick than he ever lets anyone know.

The real moments between these two made the book. There are truly some sweet ones and then when Jackson's real son, Zane, gets involved...I couldn't listen to the book fast enough. 

This has been an interesting series. I'm looking forward to more from it. There were a couple of new characters introduced in this story that I hope are coming soon!

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