Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: October 30, 2017
Wildly successful entrepreneur, Thane Walker is stubbornly set in his ways. Adamantly resistant to the shackles of commitment, he’s seen enough unhappy endings to learn the best way to play is by keeping his men on the payroll.
Levi Silva’s dream of graduating from one of the country’s top medical schools is in his grasp, until news from home changes everything. Now, he’s raising his two teenage brothers and trying to keep everyone’s head above water, emotionally and financially.
When Levi’s new job puts him in Thane’s path, their chemistry explodes, but their fear of being involved in relationships keeps them apart. Unfortunately, despite the intense desire drawing them together, neither man can move forward until they get past their own…Reservations.
Reservations ~ the act of keeping back, withholding, or setting apart
Now…I’m perfectly aware that the title of Kindle Alexander’s newest release is the name of the night club that Thane Walker owns and Levi Silva works at, but in my opinion, the above definition resonates more with the story line and perfectly describes just how far apart these two men are in their ideals…their perspective on life…and even the direction that their lives are headed. But even with all of those striking differences and the fact that Levi does not want to be another one of Thane’s paid whores, their attraction to one another…their desire to explore each other’s bodies…to get lost in every delectable part of one another makes Thane throw out his rules, making every attempt to prove to Levi that he is nothing like the men he used to take to his bed and has Levi contemplating just how much his heart would break to be with Thane, even when Levi knows it’s nothing more than sex…or is it???
Thane Walker is unlike any man Levi has ever met, and Kindle Alexander allows readers inside the head of this suave and intelligent businessman; it’s clear that Thane is used to living his life, both professionally and personally, a certain way. He has expectations as to how things will go and to deviate from that path is not something he’s ever thought about doing until Levi entered his life and his world. Now, Thane is questioning every aspect of who he is and what he thought he always wanted, which spooks Thane and leads him to make some choices that he may be unable to rectify. And while I wanted to knock some sense into Thane for reacting the way that he does and deceiving Levi throughout the course of the story, because readers are privy to Thane’s revelations when it comes to his life and his feelings for Levi, it’s easier to stand behind Thane and the steps he’s taking to make Levi his, even if Levi is less receptive than Thane had hoped.
Levi Silva is a man of principles…a man who understands the value of family…of working hard…of paving one’s own way, but he’s also a man who has had devastating loss, and with those horrible events, he has had to step in to care for his brothers, helping them to deal with all of life’s changes as well as put a roof over their head, pay the bills, and still have time to mentor and help them as they struggle to deal with their father’s death and everything that comes with a loss of that magnitude.
Levi truly is a class act; he’s everything a man should be and because he’s in this deplorable situation with no way out but to dig in and fight with everything that he is and has, readers can’t help but want Levi to have things a bit easier…to reclaim the path to medical school that he was on and to find a way to helps his brothers while he also remembers that he’s important as well. Thane definitely factors into Levi’s happiness even when Levi is furious with Thane due to Thane’s obtuseness; it’s clear that these two men connect in significant ways and need one another more than either of them will willingly admit aloud and their sexual chemistry is off the charts, which is illustrated every time they passionately take one another and the constant craving they have for not just each other’s body but their heart and mind as well.
I would be remiss in my review if I didn’t mention Julian’s role in the book. He may be only a supporting character but because he is invested in both Thane and Levi’s lives, his perspective is important, not only to the two men he guides towards each other, but also to readers whose frustration with Thane’s actions make them want to pull their hair out a bit. Julian understands and reads both men incredibly well and even if he does tend to overstep, at times, when it comes to Thane’s business and Levi’s role in it and in Thane’s life, without Julian’s guidance and revelations, I think it would have been more difficult for Thane and Levi to find a common ground and work from there.
I’ve read every single book Kindle Alexander has written and there hasn’t been one that has not moved me emotionally due to the struggles that her heroes go through as well as the life lessons that are imparted throughout the story lines.
Thane and Levi’s story is a perfect blend of steamy and sweet interactions as well as the right amount of struggles to endure. Life and relationships are messy; it’s almost never a clear or an easy journey to get where one wants to be in life, so it makes sense that mistakes will be made and either one of the main characters or the other would have some clear reservations when it comes to embarking down a path that is nothing like they thought it would be, but it’s also in those uncertainties that people prove who they truly are and what they’re willing to do to make things right and make things permanent because love is far from easy but it is so worth it.
4.5 Poison Apples
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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.