This was a hot read - and I don't say that for the sex scenes, although they were hot as well. This was all about exploration and anticipation - the anonymous text conversations between Luke and Keaton allowed them to express their feelings and desires openly, and explore without any feeling of judgement or shame. Sometimes its easier to type something than say it to someone's face. The 'not knowing' who the other was adding to the tension and vibe of their encounters, and helped set the scene for the book.
This is definitely not a love triangle! I enjoyed the way it evolved and that Keaton and his ex remained close friends despite moving on from each other. There was also no cheating - it might be a fine line as to whether some of the conversations and challenges set between Luke and Keaton bordered on cheating, or whether that was just them confirming Annika's birthday present was going to be feasible, but it was done in a way that made me feel it was the latter. That Keaton and Annika remained on good terms, and that he and Luke didn't connect soon after their breakup, helped with that feeling throughout the book.
The storyline was intriguing, flowed well and kept me turning page after page. I was thoroughly invested in both of these guys, their respective issues and for them to get their HEA - whatever form that took.
Definitely a book I would recommend and I look forward to reading more from this duo!
Elle and Sarina are a great writing duo and they have the gift of crafting wonderful and intense m/m romances. I suspect that Elle wrote Luke’s story, boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets Sabrina’s Keaton who has it all and more. How they connect is terrific, I love it when connection starts via the written word. In this case Lobster shorts connects with SinnerThree. The exchanges were delightful, sexy and intriguing. When they finally meet hilarious. If you enjoy romance, humor and exceptional writing then you will love this book. My only issue is that their book ‘Him’ is one of my all time favorite romances that I read again and again. Sadly no matter how many books they write they will never woo me away from Him as my fave by this writing combo. This is an intense, witty beautiful book and you will enjoy it.
🎧 💖 This story is a great one and beautiful narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Christian Fox. A story of a two blokes enemies of such from two different lives becoming lovers. Keaton was straight with his girlfriend wanting a threesome. An app hook up begins with some great texting conversations. Luke was a hard working student with big dreams. Includes Bi character, stripper, LOL moments, hot sexy scenes, gay virgin and more. The narrators do a fantastic job of different vocals for the characters. The story I loved each having their moments of happy and sadness. Acceptance of sexuality is a big theme in the story with some angst.
Top Secret is the first m/m I've read by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I'm not even going to admit how long I've had Him and Us waiting to be read on my iPad, but I've bumped them right up my TBR list to read over the next couple of weeks.
This storyline contained quite a few things I love - for starters, being m/m. It had that little bit of angst, lots of great banter, AND one of my big favourites, a Bonus Epilogue. Bonus Epilogues are those magic words that get me so excited, I can't wait for that little bit extra once I've finished reading. Luke and Keaton were so much fun to read, and kept me glued to my IPad all afternoon. Great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday arvo.
Ahh I am so annoyed I waited so long to read this, it was so freaking good. I was hooked right from the beginning until the very end. I loved the characters, this is definitely an opposites attract story. Keaton is fun, caring, open and knows weird facts about animals. Luke is prickly, quick to go on the defensive and doesn’t trust easily. Yet these two are drawn to each other after some anonymous texting before they find out who the other is. Love it and I would love to see more from some of the side characters in the future.
So if you have not read the book "Him" by these lovely ladies, gtfo and go read that. If you have read that then this is another must have for you. Luke and Keat are super cute together, the side characters have just enough depth to make you wish to hang out with them without taking over the main focus. The romance was mild (the sex was not mild), it was a more hot college fun becomes love thing and so well put together. I loved this story and hated that i had to work today and wait until tonight before i was able to finish. 5 Stars
I first fell in love with these 2 with Him, Us and the rest of that series. Their characters are relatable and flawed but they come together to make a beautiful story. Keaton was too comfortable with Annika, he just hadn’t realised it yet but she did. Luke has had a rough life and just wanted to make something of himself, but has a hard time trusting people. They first get to know the behind the scenes version of each other, up when they realise who they’re actually talking to, that’s when life gets complicated. In the end, they gave each other the strength and courage that they needed to overcome their issues so that they could be together.
Wow! i knew that these 2 could write a VERY good book but damm did they up their game with this one!
I highly recommend this book, this was an amazing MM read. Top Secret story was written perfectly and took you on the journey of Keaton finding his own path and sexuality. Luke the one from the wrong side of the tracks and Keaton the boy who has it all.
Bowen & Kennedy are a duo you do not want to miss out on!!
I discovered Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy when I stumbled upon the Him/Us series. I absolutely fell in love with the writing, story and authors. I dove deeper into what I call my Sarina obsession, and read most of her books.
Now, onto top secret. When she released the blurb and title, I got excited. Sarina is my ultimate favourite author. The best there is. And the anticipation for this book, almost gave me anxiety!!
When I finally got it into my hands, AS SOON as it was released, I knew right away, I was going to love it. Everything about the story draws you in. The characters are damaged, insecure but love with everything they have.
I was so engrossed in the book, I read the book, cover to cover over night.
I loved how they started, I loved the tension, the angst. They were everything I love in a book.
There were moments where I wanted to scream at Luke, hope he saw the good in all that was around him. But, he learnt himself on his own. Keaton was amazing, supporting him and not once, pressuring him.
I usually find at least one thing about a book, I don’t like. This book, I LOVED everything. The only downside, was I wish there was more. These two are the type of couple, you just want to keep reading because you can’t get enough. I cannot fathom how much I loved this book. I’ve re read it about 20 times and probably always will.
I didn’t think any characters/stories could rival my love for Wesmie. I was wrong, Luke and Keaton are right there with them ♥️♥️
I hope these authors keep writing and writing and writing. Because I would keep buying and buying and buying. 😁