Public Lives, Private Pleasures

Adrianna Dane
Public Lives, Private Pleasures
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Release Date
September 2010
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Celebrating "Coming Out Day" 2010

Descended from an old, very influential Virginia family with conservative views, Adrien has no desire to carry on the family's political tradition. Still, he's forced to hide his gay identity to protect the budding political career of his younger twin brother, Marsh, who wants to take up where their father, Senator Douglas Langtry, left off. There's no room for mistakes, no matter how much Adrien hates living that lie.

It's not until Adrien meets sexy Latin choreographer, Frankie Raphael, that his apathy evaporates, and he begins to questions his choices. Beautiful, passionate Frankie offers Adrien a glimpse into a world he'd only ever dared experience through the safety of the lens of his camera. Desire for Frankie makes his personal sacrifices seem suddenly unacceptable.

Dare Adrien jeopardize his brother's political aspirations for a chance at his own happiness or will forces beyond his control slam the door shut on a life he's only ever dreamed of? If he chooses to come out, their public lives be forever altered by the shocking revelation of their private pleasures.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/m/m).

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 18, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
236 people found the following review helpful
How far would you go to make your family happy? Would you be willing to sacrifice the very core of yourself? Photographer Adrien Langtry has been doing that for years so he won't upset his very conservative, very powerful, political family. He's been hiding who he is, living a double life, trying to "toe the line"; all in the efforts of getting love and approval from a family that doesn't seem to know what that means. That all changes due to a chance encounter with Latin choreographer, Frankie Raphael, at a society function. The attraction between the two men is instant and obvious, but Adrien isn't quite ready to let it go further than a simple, but scorching kiss.

However, when they meet up again at a gay club in D.C., Adrien isn't sure that he wants to let the sexy dancer get away. Frankie is positive he doesn't want Adrien to get away again. The spark between them is too potent, the pull too strong. But Adrien isn't quite ready to accept his feelings or risk the wrath of his family by actually being with a man. However, Adrien has decided that enough is enough and he is going to live his life for himself. He's going to pursue the happiness that has eluded him for so many years. Adrien soon comes to find out how much his decision to finally find some peace in his life affects so many others…and not all in good ways.

I loved these characters. Adrien and Frankie had so many layers and they were so three-dimensional. They were so real, flawed, but in the end just wanted what most of us want…to be happy. The story at times wasn't at all pretty and dealt with very harsh realities, but they were handled with care and purpose. I feel that the main characters grew and learned, and in the end came out better for it. There were other back stories that also were handled and wrapped up nicely in the book so that there were no hanging plots or loopholes. I loved the way the author handled Adrien's coming out, especially in such a rigid family. Also, I felt that Frankie was very sensitive and understanding to Adrien's situation as opposed to just stopping the relationship because Adrien wasn't out yet. There were a lot of racy sex scenes in the book as well as a ménage scene that was quite erotic. And then there is a HEA that nicely rounded out the story but felt just as real as the rest of the book.

Overall, I give this book 5 stars. It was thought-provoking, erotic, realistic, and well-written. While I haven't read a lot of Adrianna Dane's work in the past, this book just made me want to seek others by her. If you like M/M romance, and you are looking for a story that has a wonderful plot and realistic characters, this story is definitely for you.
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