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A Matter Of Necessity by T.D. McKinney

This is a little discovery. I have this book since a bit, but for one reason or the other, I wait to a lot before reading it. And I immediately discovered my mistake cause since the first pages you can understand that this is a great romance, that the fans of the genre will love.

Alex is a wasp FBI Special Agent who has fought all his life to avoid the innuendo from friends or colleague about him being gay. Actually he has never desired men, he loves women and finds very attractive all the women are. Only he is also a very uptight middle-classe man, who loves to grew roses, write poems and paint. And since he is also an handsome, but not bulky man, he is always mistaken for a gay man.

So when he is undercover with Shawn, a big Australian Special Agent, very manly and handsome, he is totally unprepared when the big guy hits on him, and openly declares his attraction for him and the desire to be his lover... in the submissive position! True, they are undercover as gay lovers, but it's not necessary to play the role when they are alone in their house, but Shawn has no restrain and in the end he manages to involve Alex in an hot relationship. But when their mission ends, what will remain to them? They are teammate and the Agency maybe will be not so happy to have two agents involved in an open gay relationship.

I like very much as T.D. McKinney manages to mix romance with reality. True, some scenes are really stretched to the limit of reality (Shawn's woo of Alex), but hey, this is a romance, and I like to read those things, they appeal to the ultimate romantic who is in me. But Alex is also a character who thinks and before throws himself in a relationship with Shawn, he works very hard trying to drive him back. Shawn instead is the dream of every woman, and man maybe: attentive and loving, the right dose of push and comprehensive attitude.

It's really interesting to read the dichotomy between Shawn, with his bulky body, who is instead the more feely touching and exuberant in the couple, and Alex, who I envision like the classical prim and proper character, who seems cold and aloof, but when they threaten his lover, he reacts like a poisonous snake: silent but deadly.

Only one remarks, very minimal indeed: T.D: McKinney is very good in writing the sex scenes, build them with a growing pathos, but she shut the doors in the apex... why does she not let peep in a little more?


Amazon Kindle: A Matter O f Necessity
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (January 14, 2008)

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 24th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Only one remarks, very minimal indeed: T.D: McKinney is very good in writing the sex scenes, build them with a growing pathos, but she shut the doors in the apex... why does she not let peep in a little more?

It's like getting all revved up with no place to go!

I remember reading one really good m/m and at the end I never knew if they did "it" or not. There was a lot of rolling around and kissing and that was it. *grins* We's gots to know. *grins*

Feb. 24th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, here you KNOW that they did something, but the author is shy with details... Actually, I would rate this one more a romance than an erotic novel. Mind you, for me it's very good, but since she is soo good with the characters, I would be glad to read a bit more... Elisa
Feb. 24th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
You're very right, Elissa. This was written as a romance rather than an "erotic" romance. But I will bare in mind your comments and consider being a bit more explicit in the next one.

That said, I'm so glad you like this one. You see Alex and Shawn perfectly. Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to review!
T. D. McKinney

Edited at 2008-02-24 10:22 pm (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
It was a pleasure. As I said, your romance hooks me up till the first pages. Elisa
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