Monday, December 12, 2011

Pulled Long by Christine d'Abo

Title: Pulled Long
Author: Christine D'Abo
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Long Shot #3
Main Characters: Ian & Jeff
Release Date: December 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
For months, coffee shop owner Ian Long has fantasized about a customer he knows only as "Blue Eyes." Until he learns Blue Eyes is in the midst of a divorce—the last thing Ian wants is to be the rebound experiment of a straight guy. Giving in to lust, he invites the man into the café after hours and they indulge in a little exhibitionist play, but Ian is unwilling to get involved.
When he's forced to see Jeff again to return his briefcase, Ian finally agrees to go out on a date. Dinner quickly becomes an erotic encounter in a special room at the sex club Mavericks, and Ian realizes Jeff satisfies desires he didn't know he had. The more he gets to know Jeff as a person, the harder it is to resist falling for him.
Jeff makes it clear he's interested in more than just sex. He wants to go public with their relationship in more ways than one. But can Ian open his heart, when he fears it will be broken?
Book 3 of the Long Shots series.
30,000 words

My Review:
I have been anticipating this book throughout both of the other two books in this trilogy. Ian and Blue Eyes have had a flirtatious relationship throughout this entire series. If anyone deserves a good romance, it is Ian. He works so hard at the family coffee-house and he needs a good reason to take a break.

It broke my heart in the last book, when Ian found out that Blue Eyes was going through a divorce and rejected his attentions because of it. You could tell at the time that both men were devastated. Ian's last relationship went wrong when his love interest was sexually conflicted. Ian doesn't want to go through that pain again. When he hears that Blue Eyes has been married to a woman, he immediately thinks that Blue Eyes is simply playing a game and experimenting with his sexual orientation, but there is more to the story than that.

And so the book starts with a midnight visit from Blue Eyes where he finally reveals his name, Jeff. OMG, I love the way that Christine laid this book out. The opening scene between these two men was so perfect with the build-up that we have had with their relationship in the last two books. There is no denying that they are both incredibly drawn to each other, but Ian is leery and Jeff is unwilling to go halfway with their relationship. It makes for some explosive, emotional situations between the two of them that kept this book sizzling from page one.

These two are great characters together. Both of these guys own their own business so they are both really intelligent, confident people, but Ian seems more vulnerable in this book. He doesn't want to get hurt again. Jeff is definitely the more aggressive of the two. He knows what he wants and he is okay with pushing to get it. There is an exhibitionist aspect to this novel (this is erotica) that makes this book so incredibly hot, but at the base of it all is romance and love and it is gorgeous!

This has been a fabulous series. I am a huge coffee lover so the setting completely worked for me. I enjoyed the push and pull of the relationship between the three was written to be so true to how things really can be between siblings. Having the influence of the sex club, Mavericks, across the street provided some really hot scenes. If you like erotica, I HIGHLY recommend this wonderful series by Christine d'Abo!


Psique said...

I loved the series, but expected more from this book, my review is schedule for tomorrow, looks like we read around the same time again, lol

Psique @ Book Travels

Aurian said...

I have read the first book, Double Shot, as I won that one. I was not all that comfortable with it, and as I do not like gay romance, will not be reading this one. Still, Christina has a nice writing style.