Friday, May 13, 2016

Book Brief: X-Factor by Sean Michael

XFactorLGTitle ~ X-Factor

Author ~ Sean Michael

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 27th April 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home, and the snow. He also loves that the X-treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes.
Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding. He knows he’ll never make it to the big time, but as long as he can get on his board and go, he doesn’t care. If only his manager, Blake Dobbs, would cut Ecco a break. The man’s possessive and mean, and believes he owns Ecco.
When Henry and Ecco meet at the Branchberry Games, it’s lust at first sight. An injury on Ecco’s qualifying run offers an opportunity to spend quality time together at Henry’s home, away from the crowds and out from under Blake’s thumb.
At this rate, lust might turn into love, but not if they can’t keep their romance hidden from Blake.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.

Molly’s Book Brief

Reading X-Factor was like zooming down a snowy mountain on a snowboard; a gorgeous view and such a rush as you zip down the slope, while hitting a few moguls and rough patches along the way till you reach the HEA.

This was a really fun story about Hero Henry, rescuing the damsel Ecco, from the mean and abusive manager, Blake. Ecco’s a very strong character. Yes, he’s been through some shit, and right now he can’t see a way out, but he’s always had a plan. A lot of times, the abused stay because they have no other option, in this case Henry offers Ecco one, quicker than he expected. It doesn’t hurt that he’s fiercely attracted to the man, either.

Henry and Ecco are both very likeable characters, and they mesh really well together. Yes, Ecco is escaping, but he never makes Henry feel like that’s the reason he’s there. You can see them growing closer from a lustful attraction to having feelings for each other.

I also really adored the townspeople. Henry lives secluded in a mountain home far from anyone, but he has friends everywhere, and these lovely and protective friends come into play later, and it makes for a rich story.

My only issue, if you want to even call it that, was their conversations through dialogue. It seemed too casual at times, with the dude, and man. Now, I don’t know any snowboarders, and I’ve certainly never been in bed with one, so I can’t say they wouldn’t talk like that. But, it just kind of made me giggle. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were fun and so was the adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys snow, extreme fun and warm romance in front of a soothing fire, with a movie and a bowl of popcorn.

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