Friday, April 22, 2011

Manning Up

Title: Manning Up
Author: J.T. Steele
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-962-1
Genre: {M/M}, BDSM, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

If Elijah wants to be true to himself, he will have to come clean to his extremely religious family, as well as his teammates. Wesley believes he has finally met his soul mate but can he wait for Elijah to come out or are they meant to be alone?

While one of the main characters in Manning Up may be a professional baseball player, this is by no means a sports story. Instead, this is a story of two men who are meant to be together; only they have to overcome several outside factors first. When Elijah and Wesley meet for the first time, you can see the instant attraction, but fear of revealing those feelings hold them back.

When Elijah and Wesley decide to see where things can go, the chemistry between them is intense. Although both men feel the strong need to be together, Elijah’s upbringing causes some rough moments. The struggle Elijah goes through as he comes to terms with his sexuality is very believable and I felt for both Elijah and Wesley. Manning Up also has a slight paranormal feel to it, as Wesley is a physic and “magic man” in training. The author does a wonderful job weaving this aspect through the story, especially with regard to some of the sex scenes.

When things come to a head and Elijah has some difficult decisions to make, help comes from a very unlikely source. I was not at all surprised by Elijah’s family's behavior and was glad that he was finally able to see the light, where they are concerned.

J.T. Steele is one author I am looking forward to seeing more of.

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