Title: Pent Up
Author Name & Publisher: Damon Suede (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 20, 2015 – 290 pgs
PENT UP: Mix business with pleasure and take cover.
Ruben Oso moves to Manhattan to start his life over as a low-rent bodyguard and stumbles into a gig in a swanky Park Avenue penthouse. What begins as executive protection turns personal working for a debonair zillionaire who makes Ruben question everything about himself.
Watching over financial hotshot Andy Bauer puts Ruben in an impossible position. He knows zero about shady trading and his cocky boss lives barricaded in a glass tower with wall-to-wall secrets and hot-and-cold-running paranoia. Can the danger be real? Is Andy for real?
What’s a bullet catcher to do? Ruben knows his emotions are out of control even as he races to untangle a high-priced conspiracy and his crazy feelings before somebody gets dead. If his suspicions are right, Andy will pay a price neither can afford, and Ruben may discover there’s no way to guard a heart.
So with this book we get Ruben who is a recovering alcoholic and has just been hired to protect Andy who thinks someone is out to get him.
This book was definitely a slow burn but the way it all worked out was awesome!
So Ruben has always been straight his whole life up to the point when he meets Andy that is when he starts feeling attraction towards a man and it freaks him out. He tries dealing with these feelings having no idea why he all the sudden has feelings like this at the same time he is protecting Andy.
Let me say the way they talk to each other during sex was so damn hot!!
So yes you get the steam with this book but you also get action and angst too.
I loved the way this author built this story up around these two men and I loved these character especially Ruben’s character and all his inner monologue.
All together I really loved this book!
I would recommend this book!
I am a huge Damon Suede fan and I was so excited to get this ARC. Pent Up is the story of two men’s disparate worlds colliding in a Park Avenue penthouse. Ruben, our m/c, is a recently divorced recovering alcoholic from Miami. Fate sees him hired as a bodyguard to Andy, an Upper-East Side socialite and Hedge Fund Trader.
Aside from a change of venue from Brooklyn to Park Avenue, there are many features linking Pent Up to the infamous Hot Head. This is a gay-for-you story with a long slow build up. Attraction bubbles, sizzles and confuses the hell out of poor Ruben. Damon Suede still has a fetish for skin colour – but instead of Griff’s milky white skin we have Ruben’s coffee and Andy’s cream.
I didn’t find this as sexy as Hot Head. This is almost a mystery-suspense story and much of the action focuses on bodyguard Ruben unravelling the threats facing Andy. There are a few wonderfully filthy sex scenes after an excruciating build-up but the chemistry isn’t as powerful in this story as I’ve come to expect from Damon Suede. As new acquaintances, Ruben and Andy don’t have the life-long connection that made Dante and Griff so magical. Ruben is always a little guarded and suspicious of his boss/lover which makes for a very different sort of tension between the two main characters.
While the world still reels from the impact of a global recession, it is difficult for an author to write a trader as a sympathetic lead. Suede doesn’t try to make Andy completely likeable which leaves both Ruben and readers cautious. As a self-loathing recovering alcoholic, Ruben isn’t entirely loveable himself. These men are older, a little bit guarded and a little bit worn. I like the unusual romantic leads – but I’m not sure I love them as deeply as I loved Trip and Silas or Dante and Griff.
The mystery aspect of this story didn’t work for me at all. I found myself confused and flipping back in the book after each new revelation. I also didn’t really enjoy the Park Avenue aspect of this book. When Suede observes ordinary people, he writes them with insight, depth and sensitivity. I found his high society observations a little too obvious and a little too cliched. My other frustration is that the billionaire/pauper pairing has been done to death. From Pretty Woman to 50 Shades and a thousands variations in between, the story doesn’t really change. Bad Idea and Hot Head both featured more original storylines and I expected more from this story.
While I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I wanted to, Damon Suede still writes hot sex and great chemistry between his characters. This isn’t my favourite of his books but it is still a well-crafted story with two beautifully developed lead characters.
This was my first book to read by Damon Suede, I liked his writing style very much. This book had a bit of a mystery to it that kept the story flowing quite well. I was confused at times, it seemed a lot to take in.Ruben was suppose to be a bodyguard for Andy but Ruben seemed to have many issues of his own and started not believing that Andy was in danger. I thought Andy was a bit odd. Just never knew what game he was playing at times.I did like how the author built up their relationship, I thought it took a while before they were falling for each other. Once they did their chemistry was very good together and I thought they worked well as a couple.
Definitely enjoyed reading this book.
This book just didn’t quite come together for me like I had hoped it would. While I did enjoy pieces of this story, there was this huge disconnect for me and the worst part is that this book had so much potential.
Ruben is recovering from his addiction to alcohol and leaves all he knows behind to come up to the city to start fresh. However, despite his brother’s attempts to give Ruben an easy job to start off with, it becomes twisted and tangled in both his personal and professional head. Ruben doesn’t know which way is up for a lot of this book. He struggles with his attraction to Andy, but is also worried that he’s just becoming addicted to different things – substituting for alcohol.
Then you have Andy. He was a strange character for me. I really wanted to like him, but found him manipulative and off putting. He has this baggage that is somewhat explained, but in the end, just left a huge hole for me. The question I kept asking myself was, is Andy the pretender or trying to play the pretenders? Can he be both good and bad, honorable and deceptive? He was like Jekyll and Hyde, minus the violence. Plus, you don’t know if he is really hiding his sexuality or just hasn’t mentioned it to his family, which just adds another dynamic. His mom is kind of thrown in at the end, but didn’t really add to the story line, just the confusion I felt over the “big reveal” or compromise.
The chemistry between the two men is very good. Suede writes their sex with ease and both dominance and gentleness that many fail to achieve. Their chemistry burns slowly throughout the story.
Then you come to an ending that seemed almost abrupt.
Overall, this was just OK for me.
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over and along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director… but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.
Though new to gay romance, Damon is an award-winning author who has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He’s won some awards, but he counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.