Saturday, July 13, 2013

Brad's Bachelor Party by River Jaymes

Title:  Brad's Bachelor Party
Author: River Jaymes
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Release Date: June 2013
Main Characters: Brad and Cole
Publisher: Loose ID
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
In college, geeky med student Cole Winston fell for his best friend, Brad Kelly. The bold, brash charmer was everything Cole wasn't: confident, popular, and straight. Unfortunately Cole's secret blew up in his face, and he walked away.

Years later, when Brad needs help, he calls Cole. Now a respected trauma surgeon, Cole has learned not to risk his heart and is ready to be Brad's friend again. Things go well until Brad asks Cole to be his best man.

With both his parents dead, Brad never would have survived college or his brother's rounds of drug rehab without Cole. The five-year gap in their friendship was painful.

Now Brad's got his best friend back, a kick-ass job, and is engaged to the CEO's daughter. Life is great…until a hot encounter at his bachelor party leaves both men reeling. The sexual tension between the two is off the charts. Brad has commitments he needs to keep, but how can he go through with the wedding when he can't stop thinking about Cole?

And how can Cole stand beside his friend and watch him get married, especially now that he realizes he still loves Brad?

My Review:

Okay, read the description above...yes, this book is hot. It was also fun and entertaining. Brad and Cole have a long history to their friendship, but it is not a friendship that's infallible. In fact, there is a five year window in time where they didn't speak. The prologue opens with the scene that changes that, although the bulk of the book takes place three years later. 

The issue is that both men know what it's like to be without their best friend and they don't want to risk that again, especially Cole. The two men are very different from one another. Cole is gay, but he's very introverted and reserved. Brad is straight and is always the life of the party. They have an easy friendship after so many years, but that doesn't change the fact that there are underlying issues, especially for Cole. He loves Brad, but refuses to risk their friendship again.

Brad is marrying the daughter of the CEO of the company he works for. It's not a love's just a good match, but leading up to the wedding, he's beginning to wonder if he's made a big mistake especially as he watches Cole more and more. In high school, he was bi-curious, but that was it. When Cole hit on him 8 years ago, Brad shut him down quickly and that caused the huge rift in their friendship. But things begin to escalate between the two of them as they participate in the wedding events leading up to the big day, until sexual tension overflows during the bachelor party. 

I liked the way that the book played out. There was a ton of sexual tension, but underneath all that is two guys who truly love each other. They have deep feelings there that could only come from so many years of friendship and that worked for me. Even though Brad is engaged and I usually hate cheating stories, that side of this one worked for me too. (It probably helped that we never really saw his fiance within the book to get attached to her.)

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this one.


Vanessa Romano said...

Your posts today (pic wise) make it look like Tuesday. This one & the baseball one.

Christi Snow said...

hehe...that's never a bad thing. ;) smiles...