Bad Boyfriends Series
Curling Iron is Book 1 in the Bad Boyfriends Series
By day Thomas Kane runs a fitness center, helping clients pump iron. The jocks and Cougars flock for the burn and the 'tude, but it’s not enough to keep his business afloat when a conniving ex finds a way to apply the financial screws.
By night he dons Armani and oversees a small empire catering to clients with very special interests and tastes. David Black, a pole dancer at a friend’s club, hits all the bullet points as a new addition to his stable of companions. As Kane ticks off the man’s bona fides, he struggles to remain neutral. After all, it’s just business.
When Kane makes an offer to join his escort service, David finds it difficult to set aside his attraction to the elegant man and focus on the fine print. He's out of work and out of options: perform or starve. It's a no brainer. Agreeing to a trial period, with certain conditions, David quickly finds himself out of his depth.
Faced with unanticipated choices, one thing is clear… neither man is taking no for an answer.
Curling Iron is available in audiobook, narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Bad Breakup, Office / Workplace Romance
Word Count: 34000
Setting: New York City
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Clearing my throat, I plastered polite on my face, and asked, “You wanted to see me?” He wasn’t a customer. No point in pretending otherwise.
I swallowed. My tongue thickened. Spit pooled in my mouth, threatening to drizzle down my chin.
He nodded. I nodded. I went to sit in the folding chair in front of the desk.
The soft cashmere turtleneck was a dead giveaway. This was my too smexy for his shoes guy from the audience, the one sitting next to the stage, the one I’d copped a feel with my eyes at the end of the routine… That one. There. Giving me a once, twice, thrice-over.
The pouch bulged.
A grin played at the corners of his mouth. I hoped he had handcuffs. I really hoped he liked doing bad cop.
He held out a hand, said, “I’m Kane.”READ MORE
We shook. I shook, mostly inside, but it was a close call. I had the presence of mind to ask, “May I see some identification?”
He looked surprised, but fished in an interior pocket and pulled out a small, flat metal holder. He withdrew a business card and handed it over.
I stared, not exactly processing much…
While I mouthed Bad Boyfriends, he said, “I have a proposal for you, Mr.—”
“Black. David Black.” It was tempting to extend my hand again for another shake, a formal one. One where I could maybe fondle the backs of those long, elegant fingers, do a few sweeps with my thumb, my tongue, my tongue tied in knots, brain in lockdown.
“You’re not a cop?”
I looked at him, really looked at eyebrows drawn together tight, stern, over eyes that were blue, but not. More like Smoky Mountains hazy blue, flat, intense. He was scary handsome, scary imposing, a total alpha, I eat interns for breakfast, sexual metro hunka way out of my league.COLLAPSE
Lily on Love Bytes Reviews wrote:
Tinkers to Evans to Chance--What a Triple Play!
By Bo on May 18, 2015
Remember the early 1900's baseball triple-play combination (see headline here)? Well, here's a trilogy anchored around three main alphas, each with a newly acquired crush, totally believable in many instances and respects even though a bit off-the-wall in plot twists.
In "Curling Iron," our seemingly cold and ultra-alpha Tom Kane is totally consumed by his ex-boyfriend's revenge campaign and the exceptionally handsome, athletic and versatile pole dancer who falls into his life, heart, and business, which is on one hand a gym and on the other hand an escort service. Their adventures start off the series on a solid, methodical pace, picking up speed toward the end, dovetailing perfectly into the second book.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this story. First of all, I liked how the setting was created. It was a business environment where two agencies were competing with each other because of the founders of the agencies were involved with each other in the past. As a reader you will find yourself taking sides and getting protective of your heroes. The way the writer portrayed the escorting business in her story and those who were in it was simply captivating. The plot was easy to get caught up in it and is very engaging. The dialogue was totally enjoyable with no fluffy chats and declarations of love…all dialogue was written firmly in a sexy masculine tone.
I loved David and Kane who were the main characters in the story. They were sexy, charismatic, lovable yet fallible wounded heroes. The dialogue between these two was engaging because as a reader one can visualise how these two were were hurting deep down and were trying to be cautious. There is subtle wit in the story which endears Kane and David even more to the readers. The oozing sensuality and eroticism was only the icing on the cake.
The bantering between this two made them appear like they were living and breathing. David and Kane were meant to be together and you will know why when you read this story.
Nya Rawlyns wrote her story with her typical sexy masculine tone which again made me swoon over the characters. I can’t wait to read the next one!!!!
RATING: 5 Stars