Book Reviews

Cock and Balls (Handcuffs and Lace) by Mia Watts at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-March-2013

Book Blurb

Presidential son and ballsy playboy Hank McClaren isn’t going to make his dad’s reelection easy. He’s got something to prove and it’s all about exposing the man behind the presidency. Or rather, that was the plan, until Secret Service agent Montegue is assigned to cover Hank’s detail. Now, it’s all about melting Monty’s cocky resolve and making him sweat.

Montegue has worked hard to be the president’s number one security agent. Now the antics of the president’s son have him demoted to babysitting duty. He’s not pleased. Especially since Hank knows all the right ways to turn him on, and he’s finding it harder and harder to hold back.

But Hank has an ulterior motive, and Monty’s about to get caught in the cross-fire…

Book Review

Where do I even begin to try to explain this story? It has two stubborn men, enough passion to burn the pages (were this a paper book), a storyline that contains as much psychology as it does discovery and "open heart" emotional surgery, and on top of it all the stakes for both characters are about as high as they can get. The way it is written and plays out made me yell at the characters' stupidity, but tugged at my heartstrings as well. It is an emotionally very intense ride, and kept me on my toes from beginning to end.

Hank McClaren may be he president's son, but he is a playboy, a spoiled brat, and has only himself and his pleasure on his agenda. Or so everyone thinks, and he lets them. In fact, he supports that sort of thinking with his behavior, intending to make life for his father as difficult as possible. He has a deep-seated grudge against him. First, for not being a good father after he got involved in politics; this is understandable, but a fairly childish view, considering he was never mistreated or neglected. Second, Hank blames his father for abandoning his wife, Hank's mother, when she was dying of cancer six months ago. Here, too, there is another side to the story. But it is a side Hank refuses to see, and his only objective is now to sabotage his dad's reelection.

Montegue, or Monty as Hank calls him, is the Secret Service agent who has been constantly by the president's side over the last four years. He has his own explanation for what happened between Hank and his father, and he also has a unique perspective on how the president dealt with his wife's illness and death. On top of it, he now has the task of making Hank behave. Of course, he has a plan for this, and he sets off to make it happen. The battle for dominance that ensues is epic. Hank keeps Monty on his toes, challenges him and his ideas at every turn, and puts up more walls than should be possible. Needless to say, Monty perseveres. Unfortunately, he also falls even more deeply in love with Hank – and that, combined with Hank's devious plan, causes a crisis of even bigger proportions.

Hank has a lot of growing up to do, and Monty has to learn he isn’t infallible. Very hard lessons for both of them, but they are uniquely suited to teach them to each other. If you like intense, emotionally draining stories, if you enjoy two strong men trying to outmaneuver each other at every turn – and failing, and if you're looking for a super-hot read with an interesting plot and fascinating psychology, then you will probably like this book as much as I did. Just – don’t expect to be able to put it down once you started.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 35000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-February-2013
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link http://bit.ly/VNUQWz