Author: E. Davies
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
“He's waiting for me to ask, and I'm afraid.”
“I'm just one more gay guy here.”
Moving to the suburbs of L.A. was supposed to give Nic Montero a fresh start. After escaping his family, coming out as a gay trans man, and excelling in computer programming out of desperation to get financially stable or die, everything should be easy. But joining gay culture now, post-transition, feels impossible... until he runs into the force of nature that is Kyle. Everything Nic isn't, Kyle embodies. Green hair, garters and cut-off shorts, sports jerseys, and all, brash Kyle is the most gorgeous man he's ever laid eyes on, and he pulls Nic headlong into the center of his world. If only Nic felt like enough for a man like Kyle.
“One-night stands are my only option.”
Loud, loving, and too much for most men to handle, Kyle Everett catches eyes and occasionally scorn... even at his job at the local HIV charity, Plus. His days and nights are spent at work, his precious spare moments spent with his son, Kevin, when it's his turn to co-parent, or his best friend, drag queen River. He only has money or time for cheap flings, but the lanky otter who walks into his life makes Kyle want to hold him for longer than a night. He knows what it's like for Nic to be without a family, but he isn't brave enough to let this man into his life... until his charity is targeted by bigots, and Nic's there for him.
“I'll stay with you if you're brave enough to be you.”
Nic spent his twenties avoiding family and even his own femininity, but his yearning is impossible to ignore. Kyle's used to flying solo, but Nic offers him safety and fills gaps in his life he never realized existed and now can't stand. Living in close proximity, they can't run from their attraction, but they're each used to being rejected, with the emotional scars to prove it. Can two men who feel like they're not enough and too much find something just right?
Flaunt is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.
“Welcome to our headquarters! Er, not that we have other locations. Not full-time, anyway. Don’t worry about being late. I’m not even ready. I’m so sorry.” This had to be Kyle— the voice on the intercom matched this peppy yet sibilant, rapid-fire speech.
“I— that’s fine,” Nic assured Kyle with a quiet laugh. He was relieved not to be in trouble for showing up late, nor for showing up in formalwear when everyone else was probably going casual. “GPS pointed me the wrong way.”
“Oh, they do that! Right this way, please.” Kyle scanned his card against a reader near the staircase door. When he twirled to hold the staircase door open, his skirt flared out a little.
Kyle was wearing a skirt, over men’s skinny jeans and boots, and a blouse, and chest hair peeked out from the top of the blouse, his biceps unmistakeable. And his suspenders reached under the skirt, presumably to his jeans waistband. It made Nic wonder if he was wearing garters, which was a wholly inappropriate thought for their first meeting.
He awkwardly stepped through the doorway and Kyle brushed past him to trot upstairs at top speed, already talking again.
Kyle is out and proud, and fiercely passionate about the charity where he works. Nic is still working on being comfortable with who he is and his interactions with others-still having a touch of shyness, but in the right environment and circumstances or with the right guy not being afraid to ask for what he wants. Together, their chemistry is scorching hot, and for me how well they work together as a couple—even if Kyle is resisting it—really drives this story along. They have more in common than they think, and can give each other more than they expect.
I absolutely adored both Kyle and Nic. They are such a perfect fit, and I love how Kyle accepts Nic and encourages him to be who he is. Kyle is just the right guy for that given how he is comfortable enough to be himself as well. Kyle easily accepts everything about Nic, just as he does for everyone around him…Kyle just needs to learn to trust that Nic is someone who accept everything about him as well, and who wants to be in every aspect of Kyle’s life. The chemistry between the two of them makes for some intensely passionate scenes and is just one more way to show how well these two match each other.
Nic is a transgender character, and I thought the author did a great job at explaining his transition without making it sound like a tutorial. It also sparked my interest in finding out more from a scientific standpoint about the process (that’s my nerdy scientist side coming through).
The story is very well written and I read it in a single sitting. I found it hard to tear myself away from Nic and Kyle, and I was intrigued enough by the supporting characters that I can’t wait for the next book in the series to hear River’s story (Kyle’s best friend). Flaunt was a 4.5-star read for me, and with it being the first book I’ve read by this author it has me adding his entire backlist to my TBR list. This story is meant for readers 18+ only due to adult language and topics, as well as explicit M/M sexual content. I highly recommend this story to any M/M romance fan, particularly if you like stories with transgender characters. You’ll love Kyle and Nic!
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About the Author
E. Davies was proficient in real estate ad shorthand (the old-fashioned newspaper kind) by the age of nine. Growing up moving constantly taught him what people have in common, the ways relationships are formed, and the dangers of “miscellaneous” boxes.
As a teen, he tore through a stack of found romance novels, wishing someone had written similar for M/M, though he could never find anything at Chapters or the library. Just after graduating university in 2013, semi-out and clutching his English B.A. for dear life, he stumbled on an Amazon M/M short story. It was a whole new... phrase he dares not repeat for fear of lawyers. It shone and shimmered splendidly, though.
After failing forty times to avoid crafting happily-ever-after endings for steamy short stories, he plunged into romance novels and hasn't looked back. As a young gay author whose formative gay fictional role models were characters punished for their sexuality, Ed prefers his stories lightly dramatic, full of optimism and hope.
Now out and proud, he writes full-time, goes on long nature walks, tries to fill his passport, drinks piña coladas on the beach, flees from cute guys, coos over fuzzy animals (especially bees), and is liable to tilt his head and click his tongue if you don't use your turn signal.
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