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The Romance Reviews (TRR) - Inside Out

Inside Out

Andrew Grey
Inside Out
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Publisher
Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
November 2013
ISBN
9781627982610
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Bull becomes inspiration for Zach's graphic novel, and soon Zach asks Bull out on a date. But their happily ever after will face challenges.

Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he's seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he's a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he's surprised when the guy giggles and squirms.

Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn't intimidated by Bull. He's in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.

Soon Zach wants more and makes his move by asking Bull on a date. Though small, he has a backbone of steel. He'll need it—their happily ever after is thwarted at every turn, including by Bull's interloping mother showing up unannounced and enemies from Bull's past threatening to pull him to the other side of the world.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Nov 29, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
Strength on the inside is just as important as strength on the outside.

Bull Krebbs, part-owner and head of security at the local nightclub, hasn't been in a serious relationship in a long time. After rescuing Zach Spencer from being trampled, they begin to spend time together. Now they have to work through Bull's interesting work history along with family drama to determine if they can get their happy ending.

Bull had the perfect personality for head of security and former mercenary. However, the rough exterior was just covering the protective sweetheart that he really was. Zach was adorable, but at the same time, he had an inner strength that has carried him through a challenging life. I really enjoyed watching these two slowly get to know each other. Bull was such a romantic guy with Zach, and they had some really nice dates. The comic book angle was cute with Zach featuring Bull as the superhero in his first book.

When Bull's past comes back to haunt him, it got a tad unbelievable. The excessive use of the word "growl" also got to be a bit much. Zach's uncle and Bull's mom gave us an idea of what these two dealt with growing up, and it wasn't pleasant for either of them. It was lovely that they were both able to see the beautiful souls beneath each other's exterior shells.

This was a very enjoyable story about two people who fit together nicely, and it easily kept me turning the pages.
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Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author,reviewer)
Dec 06, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
109 people found the following review helpful
I really, really enjoyed this story. There's something about a big, gruff bear of a man becoming enamoured of a young, irreverent and giggly twink that really gives you the 'aaah' factor.

Bull Krebbs is big, tough and scary, and thought he'd seen everything life could throw at him. Until one night he pulls a random search outside the nightclub he works as a security man and runs into giggly, ticklish Zach Spencer, totally cute, unfazed by Bull's outside 'mean man' exterior and a man who sees beneath the gruff exterior to the sensitive man beneath.

Zack develops a serious case of hero worship for Bull and uses him as the inspiration for a new graphic novel he's creating. Bull is smitten with the young man, against his better instincts, and the scene is set for the relationship between two very different men to develop.

Zach has an unfortunate habit of attracting trouble wherever he goes and Bull has his work cut out for him keeping Zach safe. He's also breaching Bull's defenses very quickly and when Zach approaches him on the premise of working with him as 'research' for his graphic novel, Bull is quick to accept the invitation. Zach has a core of steel and has faced a lot of intolerance for who and what he is, and he won't let anyone take away his confidence in being him.

Beautifully written with tender moments that make your heart go pitter patter, and some very memorable family members like Bull's mother, this story takes the reader on a journey of romantic ideals turning into something concrete and real, and in the process, causing both men to believe in the other and able to give and take so that they can be together.

I love Bull's tenderness and the way he treats Zach as if he's something precious. I love the way he tells Zach, "Sweetheart, I knew you were someone special the first night I frisked you, and you giggled and wriggled right there on the sidewalk."

Zach's bravery after what he's been subjected to by his family, specifically his uncle, is inspiring and beautiful and his self-proclaimed nerdiness and inner strength makes him a completely adorable character. The patience and growing affection that these two men show for each other is perfectly paced, with tender and emotional scenes interspersed with hot, lust-driven escapades as both men get to know each other better.

This is a definite must read for anyone that wants to simply be pulled along for a ride that makes them smile and give a goofy grin every few pages.
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