Title: Frankie & Friends
Author Name & Publisher: Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 9, 2015 – 314 pgs
Frankie’s Series Collection
Frankie & Al
Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason gets totally trashed and ends his night by falling in front of a taxi. He’s rescued by a man with beautiful green eyes who takes care of him until he’s put into an ambulance, but Frankie fails to get the man’s number. A few days later, he’s dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes again. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.
Ed & Marchant
Ed is miserable in life and at work, until he meets Marchant Belarus. Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a closeted sub. Marchant tries to draw Ed out of his shell, but nothing helps until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing-a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.
Anthony & Leo
Tony is unhappy at not having found a Dom of his own. He thinks he’s too big, too old, and too hairy-until he meets funny, toppy Leo, who also sells sex toys. When tragedy strikes and Leo offers his support, Tony believes Leo is the Dom he’s been looking for… until he catches him kissing another man.
Frankie & Al by Sue Brown
This was a somewhat strange start for me. I felt like I was just dropped in to the middle of a situation and left to figure out who was with whom, what was going on and where they were going. However, Brown was able to pull it all together for me and after a few more pages, I felt more grounded.
Al is a wonderful character and while I was a little thrown by his job, I loved how he was always saving the day. That’s important in an alpha and something I can get on board with.
Then you have Frankie. He seems to always be the life of the party, but also have things happen to him because he’s the life of the party. I liked how Frankie was able to laugh through all of his embarrassing moments with Al, but at the same time, truly see Al for the man he was.
The work conference took some getting used to. I don’t know if perhaps setting the story somewhere else might have strengthened it for me, but given where the setting was, I did like how careful and thoughtful Al was with Frankie.
I wanted to absolutely slap Ed. He was the most annoying character in this story.
Overall, this was a decent story.
Ed & Marchant by Sue Brown
M/M Romance and BDSM light
Triggers: Abuse -both mental and physical
This story was somewhat hard for me to like. Ed was such a miserable person. In turn, he made everyone else around him miserable. While I understand having trauma in one’s past someone mitigates his behavior, it in no way makes up for his dickheadedness.
Also, I thought that Marchant, while very alpha, was also somewhat pushy in a way that I couldn’t quite get on board with. While I can appreciate Marchant wanting to free Ed, I also was somewhat baffled as to the attraction.
Then, to top that all off, there is more understanding rather than chemistry for me. I think this book would be better categorized as a “finding himself” story rather than a love story. The whole dance aspect was somewhat strange too. While I can understand helping someone find their passion again, this seemed like a strange twist.
Overall, this was a story about learning how to be true to yourself and casting out doubts. While it wasn’t my cup of tea, I think that it did help me to understand Ed a little more.
Anthony & Leo by Sue Brown
M/M BDSM, romance
This was by far my favorite book in the series. I enjoyed knowing more about the characters’ family lives, background, motivations and how they were willing to learn each other before just jumping right in to something.
I could really feel the pull that Tony had to find a master and really liked how he wasn’t willing to sacrifice or compromise when it came to that.
Then you have Leo. He seems happy, well adjusted and just a little bit dominant. Yum. The fact that Leo is somewhat “in the business” just like Tony was a plus for Tony.
Then the tragedy, which I was not expecting at all, was just the twist to really draw me in and keep me there. There is excellent chemistry among all of the characters and especially between Tony and Leo.
I enjoyed watching Leo and Tony’s transformations – their relationship evolve.
Overall, I really liked this story.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.