- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Remember the early 1900's baseball triple-play combination (see headline here)? Well, here's a trilogy anchored around three main alphas, each with a newly acquired crush, totally believable in many instances and respects even though a bit off-the-wall in plot twists.
I purchased the box set because it saved me money, but I would strongly recommend that anyone interested could also buy them separately, and I will post this review on them as well. Please read the short blurbs for each book, they are correct and each book cover is perfect (except for the second which does not feature both MCs, but is critical in showcasing the real star of the series).
In "Curling Iron," our seemingly cold and ultra-alpha Tom Kane is totally consumed by his ex-boyfriend's revenge campaign and the exceptionally handsome, athletic and versatile pole dancer who falls into his life, heart, and business, which is on one hand a gym and on the other hand an escort service. Their adventures start off the series on a solid, methodical pace, picking up speed toward the end, dovetailing perfectly into the second book.
In "Pumping Iron," cover man Mike Douglas' gruff exterior and personal approach to relationships seems to come completely apart when a Bad Boyfriends escort, Sean Rourke, gets thrown into his life by Tom Kane on a mission that could financially straighten out the business--and almost instantly changes their lives.
Unfortunately, they have to play babysitter to an eclectic, love sick middle aged lawyer, "Junior" Lovett, whose family law firm in Boston wants him out of the way for a while. Out of the way is in the Hamptons, where Lovett worms his way into the "family," and winds up introducing us to another major player, the cute twink-cum-lifeguard-cum-porn star Dax.
The adventures of this foursome rival and then rout the escapades in the first book, taking us deeper into the escort trade and beyond. The character of Mike Douglas becomes dominant here, but Lovett becomes pivotal, and Sean is the one who keeps Mike heading in the right direction.
That direction is back to Manhattan where in "Jerking Iron" Tom Kane has been roped into a sting operation by the local authorities and FBI that promises to go a long way in helping Bad Boyfriends stay solvent and put their vengeful competitor out of business. To that end, David Black recruits his best friend from childhood, Nick Lopez, a hulking ex-cop from Miami with plenty of experience in the kind of work Bad Boyfriends and the authorities need. But his life and the mission become complicated when the New York police pair him up with Jace McClune, a gruff, almost grungy undercover detective whose experience, and proclivities, prove crucial to the adventure.
This book is the longest, strongest, fastest-moving and most intricately plotted of the three, and involves all three couples plus the uncanny Junior Lovett and sweet boy Dax. There is some BDSM here, some serious violence here and there, but in the end, there is more credence to the entire three-book escapade than one might have expected.
These characters are memorable from the start, and except for Sean who is somewhat ignored in the third book, they are all crucial to the outcome. The wonderful thing here is that author Rawlyns creates a situation in each book where the two MCs are instantly attracted to each other through lust, and almost immediately join at the hip for other reasons.
And the sex? The sex is phenomenal. You would be hard-pressed to find a better all-encompassing series than this one which needs absolutely no sequel to keep you interested. You are satisfied, if not totally out of breath.