Title ~ Personal Secrets (Personal #3)
Author ~ KC Wells
Genre ~ M/M Romance
Rating ~ 3.75 Stars
Blake Davis and husband Will are delighted when Ed Fellows turns up at the hospital the night their daughter is born—even if he is covered in mud from playing rugby and drunk out of his skull. Team-mate Colin is the Good Samaritan who drives him there, and when Colin takes Ed home, Colin finds himself on the receiving end of a blow-job. He has no problem with that whatsoever. He’s been in lust with Ed since Ed joined the rugby team some fourteen months ago. Only thing is, Colin’s assumed up ’til now that Ed is straight. Except the man sucking him off certainly didn’t seem straight….
Talk about the morning after the night before…. Ed awakens to find a nearly-naked Colin asleep on his sofa. The problem is that for some reason, he can’t get Colin out of his mind. Okay, so it wasn’t the first blow-job Ed’s ever gotten from a guy—or given, for that matter—but that was a long time ago, right? And why does Ed now want more?
With friends Rick, Angelo, Blake and Will to advise him, Ed finds himself on a completely unfamiliar road, as he struggles to accept that maybe the line he is walking isn’t as straight as he’d first imagined…
So finally we get Ed's story from the Personal Series and if you've read the first two books you'll be glad to know he's just as loveable, funny and likeable as ever but he's also a sexy piece of work too. Hoo boy! He had me tingling a bit when he was getting down and dirty and I don't mean in a scrum! All through the series he's been a favourite of mine and to be honest I defy anyone not to fall for the charms of this big handsome guy! So it's inevitable that Colin, the love interest in this book, does exactly that. Colin is also a rugby player and unbeknown to the guys on the team and Ed, he's gay and has been lusting after the big hunk since the day Ed joined the team 14 months before, but in true unrequited lust way, Colin is convinced Ed is straight (but not quite...as we find out) so he's been content just to be around him as a team mate and friend.
The book starts after a match, with a slightly inebriated Ed getting a call from the hospital where Blake and Will from Making It Personal, my favourite of the series, are waiting for the arrival of their new baby daughter and being the only sober one amongst the players because he's been on antibiotics, Colin offers to drive him there. Like the blurb says this culminates in the two of them ending up back at Ed's place where he insists on them both wetting the baby’s head. Things get cosy and before you know it the two of them are exchanging hand jobs and mind blowing BJ's. Love that scene! Colin is in heaven until the morning after when Ed realises just what the two of them did, and distances himself until he realises that the attraction he's started to feel for Col isn't going away, so with help and advice from the lovely Rick from Personal Changes he makes a decision to give into his feelings and embrace the attraction. They start a tentative relationship, which gets hotter between the sheets, and deeper emotionally the more these two sexy rugby players are in each other's company... and believe me the sex is H.O.T and extremely satisfying!
As a couple I loved Ed and Colin together. KC never fails to make me fall for her couples and always produces some great sexual tension, sizzling sex scenes and spark inducing chemistry that when they're together jumps of the page at you and for me that was what gave me the most enjoyment from this story. The pairing of these two worked for me and I loved them both.
There's quite a bit of friction thrown at the two of them, including a bolshie, homophobic team mate, an ex-boyfriend who tries to woo Colin back, another gay rugby player who Colin gets a bit jealous of when Ed takes him under his wing and a coming out to friends and family members that may or may not go down well. So plenty of scope for some edge of the seat angst but as these conflicts came along to test them, they were just as quickly resolved in a very smooth way so for me that made the story sort of coast along... more than having me buckling up for a bumpy ride! I wanted to see those problems test their relationship more and sort of wished that a couple of those situations had been drawn out more, to up the tension and provide that roller coaster ride that okay, might at times frustrate the pants of you in these types romances but at the same time engages your emotions as you're pulled into the story.
In the first two books of the series I had an instant connection and knew within minutes that they were going to be 5 star reads. Sadly that immediate hook never fully transpired with this third book. Yes I adored them as a couple but after a fairly strong start the storyline, even though I enjoyed the easy writing style, never grabbed hold of me the way I was hoping it would, but perhaps that's just me.
A couple of things that did feel out of place were a weird fleeting appearance from the nasty Melissa, who's 'visit' had me waiting for something explosive to happen after she'd dropped in ( ???) and a subplot involving Blake and an obsessive new PA. Once again, unfortunately, both didn't work for me at all as I just felt they were redundant to the main plot! The Blake slash PA Sam storyline in particular didn't add to, enhance or even relate to Ed and Colin's journey which for me was the true heart of the book, not what was going on in the background at Trinity Publishing. I was left puzzled by why they were both introduced? It all just felt kind of... unnecessary and pointless ... and it took me away a little from what was going on in Ed and Col's romantic life. I would have preferred to see more of Matt the ex-boyfriend as the ' baddie' or the shitty troublemaker, Murphy, but they sort of disappeared into the ether once they'd played their parts.
Going back to Trinity Publishing, which of course has been a big part of the story, it was lovely seeing all the regular guys again. That was a highlight because all the favourites are still around, helping or advising our two guys when the shit does hit the fan and seeing that side of the publishing company did fit the books. Rick and Angelo in particular were a godsend at times!
I have to say despite a little hiccup in my usual 5 star ratings, I'm still a KC fan because she writes a bloody good story and out of all her books it’s a rare occurrence for me to mark a Ms Wells story lower, so because this only slipped a tad under the radar I'm still giving it a thumbs up because I'm pretty damn sure this is going to be a 5 star read for most of you guys but sadly just not for me this time. Just a personal observation. However, all the 'Personal' couples, including Ed and Colin will always rank high in my favourites, making this a five star series overall and one I'll never be getting rid of if I can help it.
Just thought I'd finish by showing how sexy rugby players can really be… * swoon*
OMG! I'll be his Hooker any day! BTW, that's a rugby term... Not what you're thinking!!
Series Reading Order
Book 1 ~ Making It Personal ~ http://amzn.to/1dznUqV
Book 3 ~ Personal Secrets
About K.C. Wells
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter...
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it... it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
K.C. can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), K.C. loves to hear from readers.
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