Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday. Each week our Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they think you need to read ASAP. This week Amy and Jen recommend:
Stay by Riley Hart
Amy was at it again this week and found her and Jen a new-t- them author. Book two in Riley Hart’s Blackcreek series was a winner and we want everyone else to read it too!
After the death of his sister, the last thing Wes Jensen is looking for is a relationship. And now that he has custody of his niece, Jessie, Wes is just doing his best to learn how to take care of a four year old while grieving the loss of his sister. Before his sister’s death, Wes had a one night stand with playboy, Braden Roth and that was all he wanted. But Braden is a persistent, confident and cocky man who can’t seem to stay away from Wes or Jessie (plus Braden is bi and you don’t find many bisexual leads. That is hot). What starts as an involuntary friendship leads to so much more.
“I haven’t let myself give a shit about anyone besides my family for a long time, Braden but you’re here…pushing your way in.”
Braden is such an endearing character and after meeting him in Collide we never expected his huge heart and selfless acts of kindness towards Wes. What kept us smiling throughout the story was how Braden noticed Wes and his caring acts for others, but Braden didn’t realize that he possessed the same traits. His care free, fun demeanor was refreshing as well as his ability to read Wes and his emotions/feelings. Braden has a huge heart that was infectious to the reader and in the end, to Wes.
“I respect the hell out of him. He puts everyone before himself. He loves that little girl with everything he has. He makes me feel good. Making him smile makes me feel good, because he does it more with me than anyone else. I feel settled with them. Not sure I’ve ever felt settled in my whole life.”
The slow build up to their relationship was authentic and enjoyable to experience along with their steamy chemistry and physical desire. Plus there are some moments of humor that manage to be sexy too.
“Considering I’ve been inside you, that’s probably not the best thing to call you.” He tried to pull back, but Wes grabbed his arm and held him there. “I know you’re bi, but don’t forget who you’re talking to. Don’t try and flirt with me like you would a woman, because you’re not going to get the same response.”
Stay hit all the right buttons for us in delivering an emotionally driven story with two hot males who discovered they were both better off being there for each other and giving in to their desire to stay.
Braden let his hand drift from Wes’s hair, cupped his cheek and brushed his thumb over his facial hair. Wes didn’t slow his pace, kept sucking him off, kept holding his stare.
He’s giving himself to me, Braden realized. Trying to tell Braden that he was his. There was nothing except Wes in his stare–no fear, no trepidation, no distance; probably for the first time ever. “You are so fucking incredible, Wesley. You are so fucking mine.”