Stripped Expectations by James Lee Hard
An enjoyable read and I hope the first of many from James
Why did I like this story?
It's fresh, moves at a reasonable pace and held my attention - I read it in one sitting - approx. 118 pages - (rare for me). It's a good story which is grounded
James didn't deliver a one-hander which would have been far easier - the heat level fell between three and four flames (using All Romance eBooks scale).
I liked Mark - the main character - he was drawn pretty well. I was rooting for him to succeed.
I like the masculine style; it isn't fussy or overly sentimental.
Why did I not rate it higher?
The ending was a little rushed; and would have preferred the last scene to have been much hotter.
I felt I needed to know what happened to Thomas - we get a hint at his issues but no resolution.
I would have liked to have seen a flashback to the High School days; a scene between Mark and Thomas when they were at school would have bridged the elements of the story more effectively for me.
I didn't warm to Mathew and thought he was a bit flakey. He fell somewhere between the knight in shining armour and the sugar daddy - there was the possibility of much more complex character - and a more complex relationship between him and Mark - and the story would have benefited from that being explored further.
12th April 2015