Friday, April 4, 2014

Gathering Storm by Alexa Land

Title: Gathering Storm
Author: Alexa Land
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Firsts & Forever #4
Main Characters: Hunter and Brian
Release Date: January 2014
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Working as a gay porn star has brought twenty-two-year-old Hunter Storm fame and fortune, but it’s cost him a lot, too. He’s learned to think of his body as little more than a commodity, and he copes with his loneliness by giving himself to whoever will have him. The job has also put him in the crosshairs of a stalker, a man so deeply disturbed that Hunter and everyone around him is in danger.

Fortunately, Hunter has allies, including his best friend Christopher and Nana, a feisty senior who’s decided he's family. And then there’s Brian Nolan. When Hunter first meets the angry, wheelchair-bound former Marine, it’s hate at first sight. But despite his shattered body and tattered psyche, Brian might turn out to be the best ally of all.

Word count: 92,460. This male/male erotic romance is for ADULT READERS ONLY. It includes explicit language and graphic sex. This is the fourth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, yet each book in the series is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. 
My Review:
I liked this book a lot...mainly because of Brian and Hunter and how their relationship develops. 

Brian is former military and in a wheelchair as a double amputee. He's spent the last three years being bitter and angry and a pain in the ass to everyone around him. 

Hunter knows about Brian through his best friend, but they've never actually met. He just knows how dreadful Brian has made life for his friend who's engaged to Brian's brother. So when they meet, it is NOT all sunshine and happiness. For the first time ever, someone isn't pussyfooting around Brian and his injury and surliness. Hunter tells it like it is...basically, that Brian needs to suck it up. 

These guys can dish it up and sling it like no one else. Their back and forth insults were great and so entertaining. I loved that conflict especially at first. It really made the romance so much more. There is a bizarre set of circumstances at the beginning of the book which made it so Brian and Hunter have to rely on each other. I liked how that all played out and the way that it forced them together. 

These are two guys who haven't had someone to really hold them just for security for a while. I could completely buy that that need pushed them together and to see each other for more than what they first thought. It really is a great set-up that I totally loved. They are both so vulnerable and that makes them incredibly defensive and abrasive, especially toward each first, but as their relationship develops, they each begin to see more. I loved that.

This book definitely worked for me at all levels. There was the added intrigue of the stalker and edge of danger. Also, the unknown of how the guys will negotiate Hunter's career and fame in the porn world. 

I also found myself intrigued by one of the other couples so I probably will go back and read some of the stories from the beginning of the series. But this book DEFINITELY works as a stand-alone and I didn't feel like I was missing parts of the story because I hadn't read the other three books in the series. 

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