By Yvette Br.
This was really good! I really loved Keaton and Luke together. Keaton was so sweet and Luke was so scared to love that he put so many walls up. His family issues were sad but it made his trust issues more realistic. Now that I’m older, I’m not really into the frat storyline. Their friend Judd was so annoying and I didn’t like him at all. There was a lot of focus on the fraternity in the beginning that really could have been left out. But after awhile I was really into the story. The only reason this isn’t a 5 star read is because I wish we had seen more of their actual relationship. In the beginning, we only saw their sexting messages. All the messages where they actually talked and got to know each other on a deeper level were off page. And then when they were together, it skipped ahead and we didn’t actually see Keaton fall in love or them get comfortable with each other. It just skipped ahead we were told how much Keaton cared. We didn’t actually see the development. But the story was still great. They were so cute together. It had great character development but I just wish I saw more of it on page.
Hardships are a thing of the past
Oh man it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for a new M/M from Sarina and Elle. Him & Us are my all time favorite M/M books so I had high expectations for this one. They really didn’t disappoint. I love the way the two guys “meet” without realizing they live next to each other and how it blossoms from there. I was skeptical on how Annika would fit in it since it wasn’t build as a love triangle but it worked out amazingly. Not only is the book packed with feels and frustrations (mainly Judd, Joe and Luke’s mom who all deserve throat punches) but it’s very steamy at times. These authors really know how to paint a dirty picture. The character development, mainly on Luke’s part but also on Keaton’s part, was extraordinary. I’m so happy Luke found his happy place with Keaton and left all the negative crap behind. I would LOVE a second book to see how these two fair in NYC ❤️
Loved Every Page
I hated this book.....well, not really. I hated myself while reading this book because I read it way too quickly that I didn't savor it enough...
Boo hoo, oh well, I can always go back and read it again...or wait a few weeks and listen to it as an audiobook. Yeah! That's exactly what I plan to do.
I am a huge fan of both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and their solo releases. But put the pair together and there is just something special that happens. I had absolutely loved Him and Us by the pair so I was giddy with excitement when Nina sent off notices that the pair had a secret new release coming in May. I was quick to sign up to promote it and marked a big RED heart on the calendar for May 7th!!!
Top Secret - hot fitting is this title?! Is a fabulous story about two college fraternity brothers on opposite sides of the presidential seat elections. What they don't yet know is that they have been chatting with each other incognito via the Kink app. And it creates an uneasy situation when their true identities are discovered.
This story is a fun and entertaining read. It is also hot, don't get me wrong. Both Sarina and Elle can write a great romance story and Top Secret is indeed one. It is easy to forget that the two in the couple are both guys. And while all is great behind the scenes, Sarina and Elle also address the issue with acceptance of who you are as well as coming out with friends and family.
A great summer read. You all should add this to your To Be Read short list.
🦞 You’re My Lobster 🦞
Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are my favorite writing duo and I couldn't have been more excited to get my hands on Top Secret!
Luke and Keaton's story was such a hilarious, sexy, and sweet M/M romance, but it was also emotional and heartfelt. There were times that my heart just hurt for these two as they navigated this new terrain and discovered who they are. I definitely wanted to throat punch Luke's mother and brother several times in the book, as well as a frat brother or two once true colors were shown. It was Keaton's parents who made the biggest transformation though, and with their support as well as Annika's, I really felt like the author's showed all the possible emotions that friends and loved ones might experience.
Luke was mysterious and emotionally closed off thanks to his unfortunate upbringing, but his dedication and drive made him easy to root for. Keaton was easy going and emotionally more open, and I found his self discovery and revelations honest and heartwarming. He was coming into his own sexually as well as taking control of his life. These two had such amazing chemistry and I loved their banter and sexy innuendo while using the Kink app. They could be exactly who they were and it translated into some seriously sexy times! As much as I enjoyed their physical connection, I did feel like their emotional connection wasn't as deeply explored. There was some push and pull since they both needed to mature and reconcile their feelings for the other, but the ending felt a bit abrupt. I was hoping for an epilogue a little further down the line, but hopefully this is the start of a new series and we will catch glimpses of SinnerThree and LobsterShorts again!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*