Author ~ Kass Barrow
Publisher ~ JMS Books
Published ~ 13th May 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
When Kylor Knightley, a multi-millionaire nightclub owner, is out talent-spotting at an open mic event in London’s Limehouse district, the last thing the stiff-lipped Brit expects is to fall head-over-heels for a devastatingly handsome singer ten years his junior.
Born in New York, twenty-two-year-old Eden McFadden now calls London home and has ambitions of making it big in the capital’s music scene. In the meantime, the feisty free spirit is secretly rocking it as a stripper at a gay club in Soho. But when fate brings him and Kylor together in Limehouse, it starts a chain of events that tears both of their worlds apart.
It’s going to take some serious attitude adjustment for the smart-mouthed stripper and the arrogant British gent to find common ground, but the attraction is too strong to ignore. Sometimes you have to trust in fate and see where it takes you.
Eden is a man with a body for sin and the voice of an angel. Kylor wants him for his club, but can’t find anything but a name at the pub’s open mic evening. When Kylor eventually finds Eden, he discovers the man also enjoys exotic dancing – Full Monty style. There’s an immediate attraction between the two. Will business come before pleasure? But then, one can’t fraternise with staff. Not only that but they are different in so many ways.
Eden is young and impetuous. He has a smart mouth, and is a fighter, not in the physical sense – verbally, but he has his vulnerable side.
Kylor Knightly is the embodiment of the of the businessman with the British stiff upper lip. He has a heart of gold, set ideas, and his way of doing things. He has seen life, has been hurt and is more reserved.
Eden and Kylor’s first conversation doesn’t go well. Their second doesn’t go any better as Kylor’s expects certain things from the people he encounters. As such they seem at loggerheads for much of the time, as the things they say to each other are taken out of context and are riddled with misunderstandings.
Can they find middle ground and be happy? Can love overcome differences?
Told in the third person from Kylor and Eden’s POV’s, this story immediately engaged me. There is some passive phrasing which detracted from the activity of the sentence, and much of the scene setting went into finite detail. Which if you love knowing every aspect of a person’s world down to the clothes every character is wearing – is golden. If not, some skim reading is in order.
It was great reading proper English dialogue full of sayings we Brits love using. I could see the changes in personality between the characters as they spoke. The banter between the guys at the strip club was especially entertaining, as was Kylor’s wacky mum. Then there were the verbal sparring matches between Kylor and Eden.
I liked the way this story had two people obviously attracted to each other, NOT immediately falling into bed. All the heat is emotional, and I’ll admit that considering this story involves strip clubs, grinding and some serious sex appeal, I felt rather cheated that the intimate action is left to the imagination. Also, some of the scenes, though dramatic didn’t seem as naturally flowing as they could have – a little manufactured.
I found Maelstrom to be a story of people from differing walks of life who needed to adjust some of their outlooks if they were to find happiness. With two strong personalities in the lead roles, the question was, who would compromise first to break the barriers separating them?