Story rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 2 out of 5
Love those Broad Shoulders is a HFN, M/M romance of excellent quality. The storyline is interesting and the book is well written. This novella held my attention from beginning to end, and having never read M/M romance before I was delighted with my first choice of book in this genre.
Pete and Chris are the stories two main characters and the emotional interactions between them throughout the book made them both very likeable and realistic characters. The sexual tension between the two is clear from the beginning and attempts by Pete to avoid Chris’s advances, adds a level of conflict to the storyline that drew me in. I found myself talking to my e-reader, saying things like “Come on Pete. Give Chris a chance, this could be more than just great sex, he’s a keeper.” Yes, I liked the characters a lot. I wanted them to both be happy and for me that adds to my enjoyment of a story.
The sex was totally vanilla male on male action, so the sting rating for the book is therefore low. I did class sex at the tattoo parlor, with the risk of being caught out by colleagues a little kinky so, in my opinion that raised the kink value. The sex scenes are well written and relatively hot, with the author doing an excellent job at describing an act not a lot of female readers would have actually witnessed first hand.
For anyone wanting to venture into read M/M romances this would be an excellent starting point. It’s a lovely read.
Reviewed by Janny G.