The Skinny on Love

Fyn Alexander
The Skinny on Love
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
April 2014
ISBN
9781623007904
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Thirty seven year old fitness fanatic and gym owner John Moorcroft has always known he was gay, and he has always had a problem admitting it, even to himself. After a failed attempt at a relationship with Roslyn, his long time female BFF, he knows he must take a hard look at himself. The first thing John does is to try to find out what happened to his mother who disappeared when he was four years old. Roslyn recommends Sky Cook Investigations to help him. The first time John meets Sky he finds himself extremely attracted to the man's bear-like physique and eager to please manner.

Sky Cook, thirty six years old, is sweet, mild mannered and desperately in need of a health regime. He knows he needs to lose weight but is thwarted by issues from his childhood. Sky also wants a loving, yet dominant man to direct him, so when John suggests they barter services, the perfect storm for a relationship unfolds.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Jun 03, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
171 people found the following review helpful
Two men scarred by their childhoods clash over weight issues in this poignant love story.

When 36-year old private detective Sky Cook gets a call from 37-year-old former British Army captain (now gym owner) John Moorcroft about finding his long lost mother, Sky thinks the case will be a slam dunk.

But when the tall, overweight Sky shows up at John's gym and realizes how much he despises flabby, unfit people, Sky's skeptical about being able to work with him. However, they agree to barter services. John will help Sky lose weight and get in shape while Sky will find John's mom who left when he was a boy.

Sky is skeptical when John, while showing signs of being gay, adamantly keeps telling everyone around him that he's straight. When Sky meets John's acerbic father, who beat John after he'd seen his son in a gay neighborhood when John was a teen, the detective isn't surprised that John is hiding so far in the closet or that John's mother left the volatile man.

As Sky and John get to know one another better and Sky succumbs to John's masterful personality, they not only discover the mother's secrets but also something else...

Sky is a sweetie whom everyone loves. For a tall, strong man, he is remarkably gentle and intuitive. His subservience might be puzzling to readers at first, but when his past is revealed, his demeanor makes perfect sense.

John, on the other hand, is less likeable from the outset, and readers will have a harder time warming up to him, as exprienced by Sky's office assistant. His early belittling of Sky seems excessive given how genial the man is and his attitude makes it unlikely that the gentle Sky will fall in love with him.

Fortunately, Sky's character is strong enough to make this an interesting story, and John's slow appreciation of Sky's talents will add to readers' enjoyment of the romance.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jul 10, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
182 people found the following review helpful
When one suppresses his natural inclination towards something, it will still manifest out in ways they don't notice.

John Moorcroft is in deep denial of his desire for other men. When his best friend, Roslyn, points out all the ways he swings the other way, especially the location of his business, it forces John to take a look at himself. Not happy with this line of thought, Roslyn further aggravates John when she points out that something in his past must have had some impact on him. Specifically, he needs to determine what happened to his mother.

This is where Sky Cook comes into the story. Sky is a detective who gets the job done, but he's a bit eccentric. Sky does not fit the current business mold of efficiency, good client presence and awesome website. When Sky and John meet, it's a classic "Odd Couple".

Fyn Alexander does a good job of showing how two characters can benefit from each other. Neither is wrong or right. What it does show is how a relationship where two people who are so different and value different things can work towards an understanding. Sky's character moves me most; his character is amazing. This is a young man who is always kindhearted and looks at the best in people. He may seem like a pushover, but in reality, he's more like water. Water in the way he smooths a rock's rough edges and yet with the strength to carve through a mountain. Sky demonstrates this over and over again with his ability to work with people. For this, I admire and it is a good reminder for myself that there are other ways to gain agreement or produce results. One does not have to use force every time.

Another interesting plot device here is how the past shapes a person's current behaviour. John's denial of his sexuality is directly correlated to a defining moment in his teen years. It's sad when it is revealed. Sky's past as an orphan explains his current interaction with food. Sky's touches me more because it's something I experienced in a similar fashion. For the longest time, I couldn't understand why I would allow food to spoil and have to be thrown away. That never happened when I was growing up. I couldn't understand why I wasted money on food that ended up in the garbage. After some self-reflection, I realized that I hoard food because I'm always afraid I'll be hungry and not have food to eat. As a child who did frequently go hungry due to lack of food, it shaped how I behave as an adult. As an adult who earns enough money to have most anything I want to eat at any time, I overbuy food. Sky goes through a very similar realization and this impacts John more because it helps John become more understanding. John's preconceived notions about Sky are wrong because he didn't take the time to see the deeper causes and Sky's motivations.

The way the story develops as John becomes a more humane and compassionate soul is beautiful to see. It is also a subtle way of how the author teaches her readers not to judge a book by its cover. Well done! This is a lovely 3.5 star story involving personal growth, romance and forgiveness. It even includes delicious BDSM with a newbie Top and a loving submissive. The way BDSM is blended into this story is superb. It enhances the story and creates another dynamic to this beginning relationship.

This m/m romance is recommended for those who enjoy characters who experience paradigm shifts and painful epiphanies.
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