Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review : My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties Book 1) by Lynn Kelling

my brothers lover

Title ~ My Brother's Lover (Twin Ties Book 1)

Author ~ Lynn Kelling

Publisher ~ Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Published ~ 2nd February 2014

Genre ~ Contemporary Erotic Romance, M/M, Poly, Twincest



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What happens when two different sets of identical twins fall in love with the other? Growing up gay in a small town with no mother, Evan Savage learned the hard way to cherish his secrets above all else. Now he's eighteen, not even his father can hurt him anymore. When his long-lost twin brother Brennan shows up out of nowhere looking for a new home, Evan's world, and his very identity, comes crashing down around him all over again. Evan's twin, Brennan, is search for sense of connection after their mother's death. Together, frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan, when the two meet Alek and Luka, another set of twins whose love leads them find in each other things they never knew they had lost...and lures them all into danger. (M/M+)
Frustrated and reckless, anonymous sexual encounters are just the first step on a journey of self-discovery for both Evan and Brennan. The sweetness of first love with twin brothers Alek and Luka leads them find in each other things they never knew they had lost...
...and lures them all into danger. (M/M+)

Macky’s Review

I swear, I've just finished Twin Ties in a state of post coital book bliss with an urge to light a ciggy...and I don't even smoke!!! Omg! I loved, loved, LOVED this story and I'm still not sure how the series has managed to escape my notice for so long.

This certainly ranks way high amongst the hottest books I've ever read but as amazing as the sex was...and believe me it was OFF. THE. CHARTS. fuck hot!... it was the dynamics and intense emotional connection between the main four characters that shone for me. Yes, it's twincest and a taboo situation in the eyes of society, but this is Ms Kelling we're talking about and if anybody can take subject matter as controversial as this, and give it substance and depth outside of the expected heat factor, then Lynn can.

The story is based mainly around a small cast of seven...Evan, Brennan, Alek and Luka: the four MC's...Presley, Carter and Jimmy, three really likable supporting characters, whose friendship with both sets of twins is integral to the structure of the story...and an absentee father, who may not be present in person during the course of this book but his influence and past actions play a big part in why Evan is such an emotional mess to begin with.

Two sets of identical twins but four completely distinctly different characters, by the time eighteen year old Evan and Brennan and twenty five year old Alek and Luka had been fully introduced, if their names had never been used again I would have known each of them just by personality and temperament alone and fell hard for each one of them and their individual quirks and traits.  

This isn't about intricate plots or complicated storylines, it's quite simply a character lead love story involving four conflicted men, coming together by an almost psychic connection that we know for a fact can exist between identical twins because they're so closely tied. Lynn Kelling uses that intense connection and portrays it in a way that nothing about their finally coming together as a foursome ever felt sordid or corrupt. It's not a choice made casually, but it's four consenting adults whose bond is so close, it transcends what we perceive as 'normal, and in a way just becomes a natural progression for these guys.

Evan is the most openly broken of the four. Never knowing he had an identical twin, his separation from Brennan as a baby and a dysfunctional relationship with a father who never really understood what his confused, emotionally battered son was coping with, has left him closed off emotionally. Self destructive in nature because all his life he's felt that 'something' important has been ripped away from him and never understanding what it is he's been missing all those years, his emotional sanity is barely hanging by a thread. Until his life is turned upside down the day a stranger with his face walks into his life, and around the same time, a hot and heavy hook up in a club bathroom with a relative stranger (Aleks) breaks the on going cycle of closeted, anonymous sexual encounters he's been indulging in. Encounters he’s been using to drown out the traumatic event in his past that left him the damaged soul he presently is. 

Brennan however is a different fish altogether. On the surface he's more put together than Evan. More worldly and open about his sexuality, but he too has insecurities. He's desperate to get closer to the brother he also never knew he had, but getting through Evans tightly wound defences is not an easy task, especially when the accepted sibling love they can't help but feel for each begins to morph into unexpected sexual attraction. Missing his recently deceased mother, who Evan never knew, Brennan is lonely and craves affection; which he gets from the exuberant, animated, bi sexual Luka, who the moment he sees the pretty blonde twink at the gym, pursues him with a passion...never realizing that at the same time, his more brooding, sexy, intense twin Alek is also just as enthusiastically attracted to the carbon copy of his current infatuation!

The two older twins might appear to be more emotionally stable, but in their own way they're also dealing with demons of their own. Only ever having had each other after their parents pretty much abandoned them, they've already taken their innate closeness as twins into forbidden territories. Sharing a house with two other guys, Presley and Carter (who have their own little drama playing out in the book) they're openly physical in front of their roomies. Sexually active together for years, they never broadcast it to the outside world but within their close circle of friends are comfortable enough to show that side of their relationship. They love each other deeply, but they're not 'in love' with each other. They just accept their form of fraternal love has moved into something more physical as a further extension of the intrinsic attachment they share as identical twins, and incorporate it into their life together. But there is a shadow hanging over them that lies heavy on Alek's shoulders in particular. A past guilt about that side of his and Luka's relationship that he's never been able to come to terms with, and when Evan and Brennan decide to take that taboo leap, it leads to some deep introspection for all parties involved.

Even though it does move into a poly relationship of sorts towards the end, you never lose sight of the fact that throughout the story, outside of the double twincest angle, this is still initially two separate couples falling in love. The twin twist of fate doesn't always make it an easy ride for any of them but there was never any duplicity or secrets, and I loved the honesty between the four of them. When shit happened they met it head on and talked it out, and because of that it ends on a HFN note that does bring them some form of healing and closure at the finish… but… what’s next for the boys? What drama lies ahead? I'm pretty sure more conflict awaits these four because that's the nature of a situation like this, but that’s what makes this such an amazing read. So I’m jumping straight into book two of this engrossing series ASAP and on countdown for the third instalment.

Not the usual 'darkness' I've come to love from this author, but definitely an emotionally charged, drama that will push boundaries...this was reading heaven for me. Personally, I love twincest stories, and My Brothers Lover has to be my favourite up to now. It has everything I look for in a satisfyingly, emotive read and I am so fan girling Lynn Kelling right now! Plus, going back to the sex...FUUUUUCK! This book should come with a fire extinguisher attached to it and a warning that states..."reading this book may result in spontaneous combustion of the kindle…and reader"!

Just...WOW! I'm hooked!

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Twin Ties Series Reading Order

My Brother’s Lover Book #1

my brothers lover

Released 2nd February 2014

Dual Affairs Book #2

dual Affairs

Released : 24th July 2015

Double Heat Book #3

twin ties 3

Release Date Due : 25th August 2015


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