Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Brother’s Lover by Lynn Kelling

Growing up gay in a small town with no mother, Evan Savage learned the hard way to cherish his secrets above all else. Now he’s 18, not even his father can hurt him anymore. When his long-lost twin brother Brennan shows up out of nowhere looking for a new home, Evan’s world, and his very identity, comes crashing down around him all over again. Brennan treats nothing as sacred in his search for a family connection after their mother’s death.

Frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan. The sweetness of first love with twin brothers Alek and Luka leads them to find in each other things they never knew they had lost…

…and lures them all into danger.

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 extremely TABOO stars.
I'm not entirely sure how to review this novel for several reasons: I want the reader to be surprised, so I don't want to give a rundown. I'm not sure how to put my thoughts into words, & because of its very taboo subject matter, it is difficult to put into words.

This book isn't for the faint of heart. Aside from the double mint twins (double your pleasure, double your fun) x 2. Yes, TWO sets of identical twins! There is some deep subject matter just lurking beneath the surface. Subjects that make a reader experience the intense feels. While this looks like the taboo-ist of the taboo, filled with hedonistic sex, there is a lot of depth.

I liked the fact that it wasn't entirely predictable. The character traits of specific twins contradicted what I was expecting. Like the initial narrator seemed like a burly, gruff man, but he turned out to be an emotional, shy, introvert virgin who wasn't a big guy at all. His counterpart, who seemed to be the epitome of a twink, turned out to be the alpha of the pair. With the big twins, the hero is actually the emotionally corrupt one and the happy-go-lucky counterpart is wounded yet more emotionally stable than all of them. (I found Luka to be the most stable) <= none of this makes sense to someone who hasn't read the book. So just read the book ;)

Hey, I warned it was a difficult book to review since I refuse to give the plot away. But...

So, the story is about two pairs of twins who are dating, amongst other naughty shenanigans. But there is a third romance thread with a pair of roommates of the oldest, bigger twins. I really enjoyed this thread, and it made me hunger for more.

Now, I don't need to tell you the sex was surface of the Sun hot, as that is beyond obvious. I was squirming around. There were times in the beginning of the book I was covering my face and whimpering, "Oh, my God!" during their initial meetings, and especially when one set of new lovers met their identical counterparts. "Oh, my God!"

I was blushing for them, I tell you!

One of my biggest issues with books is insta-anything. Albeit love, lust, or infatuation, & there was some hot and heavy insta-lust, followed by a hefty dose of insta-love going on in this story. But I was able to overlook it, forgive it, and continue on without mentally complaining the entire way through. (Yes, I am a PitA of reader/reviewer) So that should tell you how into the story I was to not care.

Now, I'm a certified pervert. A total hedonist deviant. I eat this type of story for breakfast (which is why I specifically hunted for it) But, I wouldn't suggest someone new to this genre to start with this book. It's a genre people tend to get eased into. Multiple incest is a bit more hardcore than most. But it was written in a way that wasn't shocking. You saw it coming a mile away so it shouldn't creep you out too badly, while still getting folks like me off mentally.

Warning: if you're not reading this book for its taboo-ness, then why the hell are you reading reviews for it?

Now, I just read the 1st in the series from page 1 until the end, but I'm not going to dive right into book 2 just yet. I think too much of a good thing is too much. It would desensitize the reader. So I'm going to take a step back and read a few other review books I have queued up, and then hit book 2 after I'm sensitive to the taboo again.

Twin Ties was quite the taboo read! Gay twin brothers who enjoy each other in life and in bed find another set of gay twin brothers, just by chance, who may be just like them. Evan and Brennan were separated at birth and it left them hollow. Upon their mother’s death they are reunited. They find themselves drawn to each other and the twins they're dating who have no trouble spreading the love. I found these characters really interesting and full of emotion and depth. Loved reading how mixed and messed up the four boys would take things. Nice amount of "toppy" dirty talk too! Left me feeling a little dirty for enjoying it so much!

I couldn't wait to dive into this one. I loved the "taboo" aspect of the story.

Evan and Brennan didn't grow up together but after their mother's death they are reunited. There is a pull between the two something they both feel, the emptiness and longing. Brennan moves in with Adam hoping to find something in common. They are completely opposite. When Evan unexpectedly meets a man one night, sparks fly even if Evan is questioning if he's gay. Brennan is very out and not in the closet at all, when he meets a man at the gym, he's interested. When Brennan and Even realize the men they met, Alek and Luca are twins. The boys all become involved.

There was depth and emotion with the characters but I felt the story at some points really just started boring me. Unfortunately, the story seemed to drag on. I wish there was more taboo it may have held my attention more.

What a sexy, naughty, emotional roller coaster!!

I really enjoyed this book. I don't think I put it down until I had finished it. I don't want to give away the plot, so I won't go too much into detail for this review. From the cover, I wasn't expecting what was inside, but with this type of book, a cover would be hard to fit. Do not judge this one by its cover.

First off, this is a very taboo storyline. It isn't for everyone, but for those of us who do like the darker side of things, there is a box full of tricks to get your mind going. We get TWO sets of gorgeous twins, taboo and steamy sex, crazy surprises, and an emotional depth to capture your heartstrings. There is even a side romance between two other characters that had me rooting for them. I enjoyed that especially because it reminded me of my favorite author and I love how other characters can really bring to a storyline.

I will admit that I was a little turned off by the instant "I love you." moments, but that lasted all of two seconds before I was sucked into the rest of the story. It had me laughing, nearly crying, surprised, and even blushing at moments. I was happy that it wasn't predictable and I found myself surprised more than once. The characters weren't just stereotyped and typical. They didn't respond and react the way I thought they might, and I loved that. I also enjoyed the balance between the characters. They may be twisted and messed up, but the author worked that perfectly to create a deliciously deep and stable relationship base.

This is definitely another book that had me falling in love with some gay men! I will definitely recommend this book to all taboo, M/M, and twisted book lovers. I want to tell anyone reading this review to please just read this book. It's definitely worth it.

Also Available in the Twin Ties Series

Book 2
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Smashwords  ~  Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Book 3
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Smashwords  ~  Fantastic Fiction Publishing  ~  Forbidden Fiction

Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that weren’t afraid of the dark, didn’t hold anything back and always strived to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life – basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over 50 works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of My Brother’s Lover (Twin Ties #1) by Lynn Kelling to read and review.

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