Monday, April 2, 2018

Hard Line by Sidney Bell

Title: Hard Line
Author: Sidney Bell
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: The Woodbury Boys #2
Main Characters: Tobias and Sullivan 
Release Date: April 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Premed student Tobias Benton is making amends for his past. He keeps his head down, mouth shut and colors within the lines. But when his close friend Ghost goes missing, Tobias will do whatever it takes to get answers—including using blackmail to enlist some help. The last thing he’s looking for is romance.

Private investigator Sullivan Tate isn’t above a little breaking and entering to solve a case, but when Tobias catches him in the act, it’s almost game over. Their uneasy alliance only gets more complicated when Sullivan learns that Tobias shares his interest in kink. Mixing sex and work could kill Sullivan’s career, but Tobias’s acceptance of Sullivan’s darkest urges is nearly impossible to resist.

Side by side, Tobias and Sullivan spend their days searching for the truth and their nights fulfilling their respective fantasies. But the answers they seek are far more dangerous than they realize, and soon they find themselves fighting for more than just each other.

My Review:

Gah, I love this series so much. This book is about Tobias and he was not your typical, lower class kid that went through Woodbury. No, he came from an upper-middle class family with all the benefits that his two adopted, doctor parents brought to the table. But those same parents came with a LOT of high expectations, something that Tobias never handled particularly well with which is how he lost it to the point that he ended up in Woodbury. The thing is, it might be six years later, but he still hasn't dealt with those high expectations and not being able or wanting to live up to them.

Ironically the only place where's he comfortable being himself is with Sullivan, and with him, he's all right there and forceful with what he needs, which does not endear him to Sullivan at all. But there are a few fights between them and Sullivan notices something. Tobias responds to Sullivan's natural Dom tendencies, although Sullivan hasn't practiced the kink for over a year and a half. 

Tobias has no idea about kink. All he knows is that he responds to Sullivan like he doesn't with anyone else. It's completely different from what he's used to. 

There was an interesting dynamic between the two guys. I really loved how Tobias responded to Sullivan without even knowing what all it meant. This was the first time I can say that the character was a 'true' sub in that it was really just an instinctual thing for him and that was really sexy. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I had a tiny bit of a problem understanding Tobias's dedication to Ghost over everything else...a lot like Sullivan did, but that was really the only niggle I had with the book. And to a certain extent, that was explained within the story. 

And I have to say I have no idea how the author is going to handle Ghost's story. He's such a 'slippery' character. I cannot even imagine how difficult his story is going to be, but that's truly why I'm looking forward to it so much. 

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

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