Title: Ruby Red Booty Shorts & A Louisville Slugger (I.O.N. #01)
Author Name & Publisher: Lexi Ander (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 2nd 2016
Eager to escape the shadows of a tragic loss, Diego built a new life with his best friend, Beck. When he finally decided one night to admit that he’s in love with Beck, that new life takes a new, hot and happy turn. But happiness is easily shattered, as he’s learned all too well, and this time it’s ruined by the arrival of a mysterious package and the arrival of men bent on violence.
Memories of a dead brother and an untouchable drug lord rise inevitably to the surface, and Diego dreads that the man he loves is mired in the world that Diego tried to escape. But Beck’s secrets aren’t so simple, and neither is the world in which Diego has been living…
This book succeeds in being a lot of things at once. It’s a romance–Diego and Beck are loving friends before they are a couple, and their one sex scene is quite lengthy and kinky. It’s a nice change from the same-ole-first-time. It’s also a coming-of-age story for Diego, who grew up in a rough neighborhood in LA, who embraces his hispanic heritage and family in a way that adds color to the story without being too pretentious or pandering. And then it’s a paranormal story with the usual assortment of vampires and werewolves. And there’s spies. It works! All the elements are introduced gradually and surround Diego with a tornado of conflict.
Diego is a likeable hero type guy. There’s violence, which I appreciate, but other readers might not. And it’s a quick read, which again, I appreciate. I read it in two glorious, indulgent nights, and enjoyed every page.
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