Friday, May 10, 2013

Starting Over by Starla Kaye

Title:  Starting Over
Author: Starla Kaye
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: 1 Night Stand
Main Characters: Corbin and Matt
Release Date: August 2011
Publisher:  Decadent
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A virgin gay man, Corbin is ready to ease into his new lifestyle, still, making the move scares him shitless. He’s spent years fantasizing about embracing his true self, but what possessed him to agree to a 1 NightStand? As he nears the long, lean man with shaggy, graying hair, a hard on pushing at the front of his swim trunks, and a sexy-as-hell grin, the dreams pale in comparison, and easing in takes on a whole new meaning.

Though tired of being lonely, Matt considers changing his mind about the one-night arrangement until a tall, well-built man strolls across the pool area toward him, then all thoughts of leaving flee. Those broad shoulders, the amazing pecs, the spattering of dark hair on his chest…all of it calls to Matt. He wants to touch it, play with it. He forces himself to calm down. Matt will be his date’s first male lover, and he intends to find the inner strength to take his time.

Intense physical attraction and Madame Eve’s magic ignite a sexual fire, but will it be enough for two men starting over?

My Review:
I've read a lot of the 1NS series books and they are always short and pretty to the point...the night of sex. They always feature a happily-ever-after or a happily-for-now ending, but you don't get to see too much of how that actually evolves. I liked this one even better than most because it gave the reader a tiny bit more, going past the 1NS into a month later and showing these guys have a real chance at an HEA when they return to their real lives.

I'm a big fan of the straight guy discovering he's gay story line. This one had a slightly different twist on that because it was Corbin's wife who pointed out that he's truly gay...a wife always knows. They're divorced and she's the one who urged him to go to Madame Eve's service since he has no idea how to even approach the gay lifestyle. This is a guy totally lost about what he needs to do. 

Matt lost his partner to a plane crash six months ago, but he isn't so sure about this either. He likes his sex pretty rough and that's not usually the best for a virgin, but he's willing to help Corbin out as best as possible. Be warned, Matt talks Corbin through a lot of the process using fairly technical terms while doing so. The phrasing is a little disconcerting at times.

Obviously neither man expects to make a life-connection in this single night but that's exactly what happens. I liked the book. I thought the story set-up was great and the month interim after the night was a good amount. I think the ending was a bit rushed and the events of that night could have been done a tiny bit better just for believability, but overall it was  great installment to this great series. 

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