Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Bouncer by A.J. Llewellyn

Kevin Branigan thought he was moving to Austin, Texas, for a job. Instead, he got a life.

Kevin Branigan begins a new life in Austin, Texas, working as a bouncer at his brother’s bar. A teacher by trade, he’s had a hard time getting work and is still hurt over a catastrophic break-up. Doing something completely different seems like a great idea, and being close to his brother, Jack, and Jack’s husband, Tito, is another benefit to his changed circumstances.

Things are looking up until Tito intervenes in a drunken fight at the bar one night. Tito stops a patron from beating up his girlfriend, but it could be very bad if news gets out that Tito, a retired boxer, slugged the guy. Kevin takes the fall, and winds up being arrested.

Sentenced to community service in a gay church, Kevin begins to think that the signs are all bad. However, late one night at the bar, he’s seduced into a hot threesome with two of his co-workers. He finds himself drawn into this dangerous mix, as well as to a hunky undercover cop, Cruz Dixon. Unfortunately Cruz appears to have a boyfriend. Or does he? Can Kevin win over Cruz, who’s captured his heart and his mind? Can he really make a life for himself in the World Capital of Music? Or are his days as Austin’s newest bouncer numbered?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of ménage a trois, ménage a quatre and voyeurism.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released by Totally Bound Publishing. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Kevin is moving to Austin to help out his brother and his husband. Kevin's life fell apart after his partner left him. He's down on his luck looking for a sign that everything will be okay. He's hoping that he'll find that sign in Austin.

Jack (Kevin's brother) and Tito own a bar/restaurant and want Kevin's help to work as a bouncer. They are in a huge custody battle of Tito's children and need a little more flexibility in their schedules. He is hoping to find a love like his brother's, something he knows he never had with his ex-partner. Can he find the man of his dreams in the great state of Texas or will he end up the middle of a man sandwich?

The Bouncer was an enjoyable read. I loved Tito and Jack. I was intrigued by Tito's situation and his kids. Kevin wasn't that stand out character for me. Yes he is the main character but I found myself more interested in the supporting characters. I have read this author before and would definitely recommend.

There are some really moving, really hot and really fun scenes in this book. It is strangely disjointed, but actually that worked as that seemed to be Kevin's life – disjointed. He has managed to have a disastrous relationship and then have to start again at his brother's bar. He takes the fall for a violent act he didn't do, and then has community service looking after toddlers. But it is a really easy read with some lovely touches and a promise of a much brighter future for him and those around him.

So, for a quick read with some interesting ideas and some distinctly hot and dirty scenes, this will do just fine!

A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.

A.J. never lacks inspiration for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasions this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Bouncer by A.J. Llewellyn to read and review.

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