Thursday, May 12, 2011

All Stirred Up

Title: All Stirred Up
Author: ZA Maxfield
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-331-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Sequel
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Brendan Blankenship is waiting in the hotel lobby for psychiatrist, Dr. Dirk Melovitch, who is to be Brendan’s travel companion. At the advice of his company’s board of directors and Brendan’s twin brother Evan, Brendan has consented to stay for a time at an upscale relaxation clinic located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From the airports of New York and Dallas, to the long, drive through Texas, Brendan and Dirk are in a power struggle to gain the upper hand until both men discover mutual attraction has a way of inspiring compromise.

All Stirred Up is the sequel to Stirring Up Trouble. The well written, outstanding plot is Brendan’s journey to wellness, combined with the powerful curatives of love and laughter. The storyline gives realistic insight, in relation to a sensitive subject, along with the recovery course of action. Brendan’s life begins to fall apart after Brendan and his mother witness a horrendous accident. He’s endured months of suffering through loss of focus on work, nightmares as well as panic attacks. The departure from his normal personality has a negative impact on Brendan’s physical and mental health. Brendan realizes he cannot win this battle alone, so he surrenders to professional help in finding his misplaced identity. Brendan accepts that his life will never be the same as it was, yet learning new coping skills brings about a level of contentment.

Dirk, whose job it is to help Brendan learn to relax, quickly concludes he cannot resist his attraction to Brendan. Intelligent along with being a very well trained psychiatrist, Dirk must undergo the punishment for Conflict of Interest issues after he tumbles into intimate moments with Brendan. Brendan and Dirk are exceedingly well matched. The interaction between them is hilarious. Both men have strong willed “take charge” attitudes. However, when it comes to intimacy, they are equally considerate to each other, as illustrated in the marvelously passionate scorching love scenes. The talented ZA Maxfield has created a superb and extremely enjoyable saga. I recommend All Stirred Up to anyone who enjoys this genre.

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