4 and 3 Stars for The Bouncer by A.J. Llewellyn #Menage #MM @PridePublishing @ajllewellyn


TitleThe Bouncer
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Llewellyn (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 4, 2015 – 138 pgs


Kevin Branigan thought he was moving to Austin, Texas, for a job. Instead, he got a life.

Kevin Branigan begins a new life in Austin, Texas, working as a bouncer at his brother’s bar. A teacher by trade, he’s had a hard time getting work and is still hurt over a catastrophic break-up. Doing something completely different seems like a great idea, and being close to his brother, Jack, and Jack’s husband, Tito, is another benefit to his changed circumstances.

Things are looking up until Tito intervenes in a drunken fight at the bar one night. Tito stops a patron from beating up his girlfriend, but it could be very bad if news gets out that Tito, a retired boxer, slugged the guy. Kevin takes the fall, and winds up being arrested.

Sentenced to community service in a gay church, Kevin begins to think that the signs are all bad. However, late one night at the bar, he’s seduced into a hot threesome with two of his co-workers. He finds himself drawn into this dangerous mix, as well as to a hunky undercover cop, Cruz Dixon. Unfortunately Cruz appears to have a boyfriend. Or does he? Can Kevin win over Cruz, who’s captured his heart and his mind? Can he really make a life for himself in the World Capital of Music? Or are his days as Austin’s newest bouncer numbered?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of ménage a trois, ménage a quatre and voyeurism.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released by Totally Bound Publishing. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. This book is the sequel to Because the Night by A.J. Llewellyn.

General Release Date: 1st September 2015

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This was a fun little story. I really enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. Although I found it to be a bit too fast moving for me and a bit skanky for me to really love the main characters, but then who hasn’t had a hook up for a good time when not in a relationship? I didn’t find the naughty scenes hot at all sadly. They were rushed and emotionless to me.
I did like the side story with his brother and his husband, but I felt it took away quite a bit of the light from where the book should have been focused. I wanted to care about Cruz and Kevin more than I cared about the custody battle raging and the sadness that comes from it, but in the end that was where I found the best parts of this story.
A redeeming quality is that even though there is a lot going on all over the place that doesn’t really make a book that sucks you in until you finish, the writing was good. And although I didn’t connect to the main characters as much as I would’ve liked, I did like the story and the fun light-heartedness that mixed with the heavy sad side well.


This saucy little book gives us a whole lot of very playful, uninhibited sex.  And a little romance too.  

Kevin Branigan, an unemployed teacher, comes to Austin, Texas to live with his brother and brother-in-law and work as a bouncer in their bar.  He quickly falls for Detective Cruz Dixon, but he can’t resist playing all sorts of sexy games with bar employees Miguel and Jimmy while he gets to know Cruz better.

This isn’t angsty m/m.  There are issues though.  Break-ups, custody battles, community service orders.  Another author would have dragged out the emotional drama, adding miscommunications and recriminations.  Not this book.  The writing isn’t that complicated.  It is actually pretty clunky.  Several times I wanted to shout out to the author, “show me, don’t tell me!”  Sometimes I wanted a red pen.  But then I would start smiling again.  Because this is just pure fun smut.

This is a story which celebrates anonymous bathroom blowjobs without any cautionary moralising.  A story where the best present possible for a new boyfriend is a foursome.  So this isn’t War and Peace.  It is basically porn.  Fun, silly, creative porn with a little bit of heart.

I think my criticism lies with the attempts to make this a romance with a HEA.  It’s like two books have been tangled together.  Kevin supposedly wants Cruz and only Cruz forever.  Soulmates.  But he just can’t help playing with Miguel and Jimmy.  And neither can Cruz.  It doesn’t work for me.  I enjoyed the carefree erotica. I liked the family relationships.  but I didn’t buy the romance.   



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A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.

A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the last ruling monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani as well as a non-erotic novel about the overthrow of her kingdom written in diary form from her maid’s point of view.

A.J. never lacks inspiritation for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasion this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.


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