Thursday, August 4, 2011

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Title: Shake, Rattle and Roll
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-711-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Mickey might have been forced into prostitution to survive but that doesn’t mean he isn’t tired of sleeping with countless strange men. He’d like to quit and after getting beat up by his boyfriend, he’s had enough. Mickey decides to retire and leave town, so he packs up his belongings and money and says goodbye to his adopted grandmother, Ms. Dixie, just as a huge earthquake strikes San Francisco. He finds her trapped under the rubble of their apartment building and flags down a group of passing bikers, leaving the city before the post-quake chaos hits. Mickey will do anything to save Ms. Dixie, including trading his body for help and with the sexy Vinnie, he might even enjoy it. 

Shake, Rattle and Roll is the newest release by Stormy Glenn. It’s a standalone contemporary, so if you haven’t tried any of her others, this post quake story would be a good one to try.  

Mickey is a sweet guy. One of those typical characters who’ve had a hard life but managed to survive despite it all and still came out minimally scathed on the other side. You have to like him…there just isn’t any way not to. Vinnie is obviously the leader of his group and his friends trust him. He’s big, strong and protective of those he considers his and when he first meets Mickey…well let’s just say the situation is iffy and Vinnie doesn’t want to help a stranger. But Ms. Glenn quickly saves the day and their soon-to-be relationship by the creative and unexpected use of a secondary character.  

In fact, she uses the secondary characters effectively all the way through the story, integrating them seamlessly.  And did I mention Ms. Dixie is a hoot? Then there’s the villain who appears periodically as they escape from the city. In this guy, Ms. Glenn has crafted a real creep who I could hardly wait to get his just dessert in the end. Add in Mickey and Vinnie, whose sizzling attraction turns to blistering passion as they flee their quake-ravaged city and you’ve got all the things needed for an enjoyable read. Yes, their relationship turns physical quickly, but their current circumstances are anything but normal, so it’s not surprising they get to know each other faster than usual. Read and enjoy.

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