Deceptive Attraction

Tara Lain
Deceptive Attraction
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Loose Id
Release Date
October 2011
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Caleb Martin faces a life crisis -- and he's pretty embarrassed about it. A talented soccer star, he has the chance to sign a lucrative five year contract and be rich and famous. Two problems -- Cal is gay and signing the contract means he has to stay in the closet, maybe for life. Plus, he'll have to spend his years diving for soccer balls when he'd like to be helping people like the rest of his family.

A one-night stand with a beautiful man rocks Cal, but the guy vanishes only to reappear where Cal is house-sitting. Too much coincidence? And then a cute tomboy throws Cal's life choices into confusion. How could he wind up with a commitmentphobe and a woman dedicated to her work in Africa? Oh yeah, and then there's a big surprise in a snowstorm. Cosmic joker strikes again.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Dec 11, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
232 people found the following review helpful
Even though I don't read many ménages with one of the trio being a woman, I can say with certain confidence that this book was different from the others. Maybe because I am a fan of m/m romance and do read almost strictly that, the combination or rather the characteristics of the main characters really appealed to me.

Cal is a football player or a soccer player if you will, but I live in Europe and soccer doesn't really fly over here. He has a flourishing career ahead of him, only, he's not quite sure if that is the right road for him. You see, Cal is gay, and while he does love to play, putting his team through his coming out isn't something he's willing to do, especially because he would play all over the world, some places where being gay is just about short of a crime.

His issue is that Cal doesn't quite know what else to do and isn't willing to just give up a promising future without a backup plan. What puts him further into his moping state is a one night stand with a pretty guy who split on Cal before he could turn around but in that one night rocked his world.

Deciding to take a break before deciding what exactly he should do with his career, he house sits for the trio from the previous book and overlooks the workers there. Then Angel knocks on the door and in come the fireworks.

Angel is a tomboy midwife working in Africa who arrived to visit her cousin but instead came face to face with Cal. Her looks appeal to Cal and her personality just about knocks him off his feet. Then to make things even more interesting, Cal's one night stand turns out to be one of the workers hired to do the carpentry in the house and even Angel can't resist his pretty boy charms.

I think I liked the idea of Angel looking more like a man and Eli like a woman with his blond curls. It made things interesting and it made it easier for me to believe that Cal could find Angel attractive and want her despite considering himself gay. It was a sort of twist to all those ‘gay for you' stories I like to read and while it didn't make me laugh it certainly made for some hot scenes.

All the characters appealed to me and their interactions kept the book interesting. There are a few too many sex scenes and the plot could have been a bit more elaborate – I thought everything worked itself out too easily – but the writing style works for me and Cal, Angel and Eli certainly found a way to get under my skin.

Still standing behind my statement that this author knows how to work out a ménage, I recommend it both to those curious as well as to those who are as hooked to two-plus as I am.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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