Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Son of Money by Brandon Witt

Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Brandon Witt is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be fluid, the characters engaging and realistic, and the pacing to be steady for the most part.

Son of Money's title is literal. Randall is from an affluent family, where they are all underneath the father's thumb, with his mother passing the 'joy' along to her step-daughter-in-law and step-granddaughter, both of whom are Randall's favorite people. His brother from another mother is destined to inherit all the money, properties, and legacy, but with that is a lack of freedom.

Randall let it all go, wanting independence instead of his life being orchestrated by his father. As a masseuse and professional photographer, Randall has too many skeletons in his closet.

Adopting a dog to spite his family, Randall wants to give his niece the pleasure of a pet, where Noah comes back into his life. A boyhood crush from age 13 finally reappearing as if it's kismet. While this was truly insta-love/lust, the romance was a focus, but there was a frustrating mystery that took center stage.

I admired Randall's courage, his independent streak, and his fortune of having Noah as a partner. I appreciated how Kayla and her daughter were written true-to-life, and not in a villainess sort of way that many novels seems to adopt as of late, as if all females are inherently annoying.

Any book featuring a pet is a good book in my estimation. I'm a sucker, and this book had 3 taking center stage.

Recommended to MM romance fans, but keep in mind, while this is a sexy read, the between-the-sheets actions is more fade-to-black than explicit. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.

This book seemed way longer than 284 pages, I felt like I was reading it for days, which at times was good and at other times, not so much. I love how Randall and Noah were friends when they were younger who had crushes on each other and meet again later in life and still have feelings for each other. They both changed a lot since they first knew each other but that was okay. It seemed they turned out more for each other than they realized. The drama in this book just wouldn’t stop, it wasn’t even between Noah and Randall but it was nonstop, sometimes to the point of being too much. I did love the puppies in the story, that did make me smile, dogs are just wonderful. How the reader didn’t know who was behind all the drama was beyond me. It was a good book with two characters that were made for each other that could handle anything thrown at them, which is always good to read about.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: It was mentioned often
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes

This is a really lovely book, with at its heart true love and romance. It is cleverly packaged around a story of Randall, a man borne of a horrible couple more intent on protecting their name and money than valuing their family. As the extent of their behaviour is revealed, even the most hard-hearted would be shocked – and the average romance reader will be most saddened.

Mixing up cute doggie elements with ethereal photoshoots, a masseur with an interesting way of accepting a tip, and a lot of dastardly deeds, sets up this plot really well. The cast of characters are just this side of being over-the-top, and all leave a lasting impression – not always a good one!

Noah, however, is determined to save his man, sometimes even from himself. And the chemistry between them, which started 20 years ago...well let's say it is potent.

Get a copy, you will not be disappointed!

BRANDON WITT’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities. Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about…

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Son of Money by Brandon Witt to read and review.

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