Monday, May 16, 2016

Remarkable Restraint by Devon Rhodes

When Justin gets fed up with his best friend Chaz avoiding him, he decides it’s well worth sacrificing his favorite T-shirt to try to save their relationship.

Chaz is finding it impossible to hide his attraction for his straight roommate, so he tries avoiding Justin until he leaves for the summer. He just has to get through a few more days, then he’ll be home free—at least until Justin comes back in a couple of months. Still, he firmly believes that space between them is the best answer for now.

But Justin is not a man to be ignored. He’s known Chaz for almost a decade, and can tell when something is weighing on his mind. And being shut out is not acceptable, especially just when he’s finally ready to commit to more than friendship. When closer than usual proximity just before his trip to Central America turns up the heat between them, he takes matters into his own hands by restraining Chaz’s hands—and feet—until he gets some answers.

The results are explosive and more than either could have dreamt, but the abrupt shift in their relationship is almost impossible to reconcile in the short time they have left together. It will take remarkable restraint from both to find a way to weather the separation, to stay friends…and to grow into something more.

Reader Advisory: This book contains light BDSM elements and bondage.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released as a short story by another publisher. It has been considerably expanded for release with Pride Publishing.

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 smoking hot stars.

Devon Rhodes is a new-to-me author no more. I will admit I read Remarkable Restraint, followed by Naughty by Night back-to-back in one sitting. I also need to admit this isn't my usual genre, so I was reluctant to say yes to review. I have to be in a certain mood to want erotic material, because usually they are light on plot. I personally have a BDSM book titled Restraint but in a different genre, so that's why I chose to review this book & I am so glad I did.

Remarkable Restraint is more than an erotic BDSM novella featuring college-age men, so much more. It's not often I read a book that gives me the potent feels. I'll describe it as I'm reading along, usually it's something angsty, which will have my heart wrenching and my belly clenching. I literally feel hurt for the character, or find myself angry or frustrated right alongside them.

Devon Rhodes managed what so few authors can do for me, something I specifically look for in book. Not only that, it happened again in book two. Devon Rhodes has a fan for life now.

How about I review the book, eh? Remarkable Restraint is about a pair of buddies from High School, now finishing their undergrad degrees. One is going to volunteer in an underdeveloped country for the summer, leaving the other alone. Only one problem, one is experiencing unrequited love and a desire for kink. Or are they? You'll have to read to find out.

As for the erotic material, the reason I usually shy away from this genre is because I need to be connected to the narrators to feel anything during the between-the-sheets action. I was immediately hooked up to the narrators, as if I were them. This made every scene that much more gratifying.

Note: Light on the BDSM play. Simply exploring the other partner's boundaries. Recommended for both fans of MM romance, MM erotic romance, and MM erotica. Those who are leery of anything kink – no fear, it was with a playful edge to heighten the experience.

Thank you for entertaining me, Ms. Rhodes – this book is going on my reread shelf.

Also Available in the Grad School Guys Series

Book 2
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Pride  Publishing

Devon started reading and writing at an early age and never looked back. At 39 and holding, Devon finally figured out the best way to channel her midlife crisis was to morph from mild-mannered stay-at-home mom to erotic romance writer. She lives in Oregon with her family, who are (mostly) understanding of all the time she spends on her laptop, aka the black hole.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Remarkable Restraint (Grad School Guys #1) by Devon Rhodes to read and review.

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