I Love It Rough – N’awlins Exotica Book Two

I Love it Rough

by Michael Mandrake

Sequel to I like Em Pretty

Livin’ in N’awlins ain’t all that easy…

Kajika Fortier loves his job, the attention he gets from onlookers, and Frankie Choteau. However, his new partner’s jealousy, mood swings, and over protectiveness drives Kajika to the brink but at the same time, excites him to no end.

To complicate things further, a murderer is on the loose looking for blood. All three of the killer’s victims are strippers which not only makes Frankie nervous about Kajika’s safety but leaves him questioning his love for being a homicide detective. Coupled with the stresses of cold cases as well as some fellow officers shunning him for coming out, Frankie is having second thoughts about staying in New Orleans. Despite the encouragement from Vance, Kenina, and Orrin as well as new chief Quinn Murray, Frankie is wondering if his life’s passion really is to catch the killers.

Will the new couple survive these new issues that impede their nearly perfect union? Or will the relationship fail, thus leaving Kajika alone and a target for New Orleans latest serial killer? Detective Choteau and Kajika’s commitment to one another is being tested in more ways than one and they only have one another to lean on.

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Age Difference, Criminals & Outlaws, Interracial Relationship
Word Count: 59486
Setting: New Orleans, LA USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
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He’d been watching her for days, the dancer Lana, loving the way she moved on that big stage. Such a sultry, sensual, beautiful woman. He wanted nothing more than to get close to her, love her, and show that side of him that was rarely seen. Yeah, sometimes he hated that side; but hell, no one ever gave him a chance to prove how good of a man he could be. Tonight, however, Lana would see the man women turned down despite his slightly better than average looks and winning smile. Yeah, and Lana would enjoy it too. After all, she gave him the opportunity; finally, someone did, letting him into her life.

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“Umph−” Lana grunted and struggled against the red rope he’d tied above her head. He might’ve bound her wrists a bit too tightly, but she mentioned how she liked things a little rough. And really, that played right into his hands. He loved to play rough. He enjoyed his ladies to be bound and defenseless, so they wouldn’t get away. He hated when they tried running, especially during sex.

Why can’t they understand I like using my hands?

Yeah, he loved touching women’s breasts, thighs, stroking their sexual parts. It didn’t matter if they were full women or transsexual. He loved them all because the smell and feel of the females drove him wild. And Lana? Her body repeatedly called out to him during that performance, telling him how much she wanted him to be hers. He saw it in her eyes and in the sexy moves she displayed during her routine.

Lana was giving him the chance, the one chance to make love to her like no one had in quite a while. They’d talked about that briefly when he took her out for a late bite a couple of nights ago; being lonely and sexually deprived because they were different, or better yet, unique. Like him, no one had given her much of a chance in the relationship department, so of course she understood where he was coming from. And because they both hadn’t been involved with anyone in a while, it was easy for Lana to invite the man she knew as Eli to come to her apartment.

He wooed her with his promises of hot nights in bed, romantic dinners, and a committed relationship; something she so desperately craved. He knew that and made sure he brought it up when they had a drink around the corner from the club. He’d convinced her how good he could be for her, especially since he had the money to assist her with the surgery. Lana wanted the security, the love, as well as his money, so no wonder Eli was able to make it in despite any personal reservations.

Thank God for that.

Eli worried she might not want to give in so easily, but the promise of the money after sex sealed the deal. Good for that too because Eli had their evening perfectly planned out all the way to the moment he’d get away without being seen. Sometimes he hated that side of him that didn’t allow for things to progress with the couple of girls he’d been with, but, ah well; at least he wouldn’t drain his life’s savings giving Lana the money for her operation. In truth, he didn’t want to see her change the “unique” quality or extra surprise anyway. After all, it was part of what attracted Eli to her in the first place.

Once they made it back to her apartment, they had wine, or rather she did, because Eli informed Lana wine really wasn’t his thing. They shared passionate kisses while they danced and groped in her living room. At the height of their passion, Eli stripped her completely naked except for her purple stilettos, loving the sight of her slight frame as well as her erect cock nestled in a bed of black curls between her thighs. Despite the fact he considered himself a heterosexual he couldn’t deny how much he loved the transsexual ladies. He’d been around quite a few but had never gotten very far with them.

Lana would be the first one.

Too bad we can’t have a future.

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Reviews:Multitasking Momma on Multitasking Mommas wrote:

I Love It Rough continues the story of exotic dancer Kajika and his lover, Det. Frankie Choteau. Where the first book, I Like 'Em Pretty, was more of a telling of how the relationship between these two men began, this one is about their relationship breaking down. The time when each man start questioning their roles in their relationship as well as their willingness to compromise. Could this be the turning point of a romance that should have been the forever kind?

Frankie is having second thoughts about his job as a police detective. It is not really surprising for he had been on the verge of a burn out. He sees no way out from all of the violence and tragedies happening on the streets. He sees no good developments in the cases that have struck him personally and it is hitting him hard. His first is to protect his Kajika. He wants him to quit working as a dancer, stay at home and be there when he comes home late.

Before he could say anything, tragedy strikes. Lana, a long-time friend and mentor of Kajika, is found murdered in her apartment. Scared and feeling over-stretched, Frankie voices out his demands to his lover. Obviously this was not a good idea as Kajika lashes out in rebellion then ups and leaves.

Their relationship had reached an impasse. This is when the story turns from the ordinary to the... paranormal.

As each man go their separate ways, we find Kajika discovering something strange. He had encountered not one, but two of himself while in New Orleans and had thought of the sightings as his imagination gone amok. But then, he encounters this supposed apparition in the form of an uncle, or rather, four times grand uncle, Ryland Durand.

Who just happens to be an immortal. A vampire.

Kajika and Ryland start getting to know each other and talk about their shared family history. And Frankie. Before long, Ryland shows Kajika what his role as a lover and partner should be.

On the other hand, we have Frankie doing much what he usually does: investigating. Waking up to a missing Frankie who does not return his calls, his despair turns to anger and soon, he is his 'normal' self and realizes that he is an effective investigator and was better off as one. Not too long after, he receives a tip on a soon-to-be-cold-case that takes him out of town and accompanied by Orrin, a young detective he had always found attractive. While on their trip, the heat turned up and what should not have, happened. Or rather, almost did.

As the separate stories of Kajika and Frankie unfold, readers are treated to a supporting cast characters and developing sub-plot. In this sub-plot, that irritating presence of Kenina Porter is still irritating, there is the introduction of a new police chief making changes in the precinct that will greatly affect Frankie's job, and then there are Orrin and Vance. Kanina is the curiousity. She plays an important role in the arc. What it is? No idea. It will be revealed.

Michael Mandrake has written an exasperatingly frustrating second installment that leaves its readers wanting for more. This has a surprise ending, one which screamed of a third book. I want to know what Frankie's next move is going to be; how the whole Orrin affair is going to play out; how Kajika is going to react to the development in his relationship with Frankie; and finally, what or who is that killer out there on the loose and still doing his thing.

My initial reaction after reading this story was one of surprise and frustration. However, as I was mulling over the turn of events and the way the two stories developed, I realized that my reactions were exactly what the author wanted. He touches on subject matters that no one really wants to face and he did handle this well. Now all we need to do as readers is: wait for that third installment.

Debby G. on Goodreads wrote:

Kajika and Frankie are trying to build a life together but their careers interfere. Kajika enjoys dancing in a strip club and loves the attention he gets. Frankie is not sure. His jealousy as well as mood swings are starting to put a strain on their relationship. Then Frankie’s cases lead him to a serial killer targeting strippers and Frankie begins to question everything about his life. Maybe he is no longer cut out to be a detective and he should leave New Orleans and perhaps become a PI. Kajika is annoyed with his mood swings and domineering ways and yet he likes it at the same time. Will the stress be too much for the fledgling relationship?

Frankie is really struggling. He has come out at work and feels some of his fellow detectives are less than supportive. His lover, Kajika, dances at an adult club and enjoys the attention lavished on him. Kajika also likes to flirt which triggers Frankie’s jealousy. Add in the murder of a dancer Frankie knows and we have a recipe for disaster. Frankie begins to question everything – his job, Kajika’s job, their home and more. He always thought his job would be to bring murderers to justice. Now he is not so sure. Frankie demands change and Kajika refuses. When Frankie takes, Kajika likes it and this confuses Kajika. Frankie falls into depression and no one understands. He is a complex man and needs some help. He finds it in a comforting way. The relationship grows and matures in I Love It Rough. There are a few surprises in this one that make the reading so much better. The next one will be anxiously awaited. Not really, it is already out. But I cannot wait to read it and see where their journey in life takes them.


About the Author

Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Thorough these, he builds worlds not centered on erotica but rather the mainstream plots we might encounter in everyday life through personal experiences or the media.