Book Reviews

How Was He Supposed to Know? by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde at Silver Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-October-2012

Book Blurb

Why does Reece need to carry a color chart on a night out? When his bandana gets him into trouble, longtime-crush Lane saves the day, turning Reece's world--and future--upside down.


Who knew the bandana Reece wears and uses on his family dairy farm could cause so much trouble? Reece's main company is his family and the cattle. So, when the opportunity for a night off arises, he grabs it with both hands and heads for the only gay club within fifty miles.


Reece has had a crush on Lane--one of the bartenders--forever. But Lane's leaving town at the end of the week. What good would come of hooking up with him now? Should that stop Reece from going home with Lane and finding out what Lane's bandana really means?


Book Review

Hilariously funny, yet sweet, sexy, and very hot at the same time, this story about Reece the dairy farmer going out for a night on the town had me laughing from the start. Reece's inner monolog, even when things get a little more serious, was fun and very entertaining. The conflict of what to do, with him not willing to leave the farm, and his new lover dead-set on moving to New York City, adds just enough tension to keep things interesting.


Reece is 23, but doesn't seem to get out much His naïve innocence is really sweet, and the scene in the club is great. The adventures I am sure he had envisioned take a turn into the totally unexpected, but he is curious enough to follow up. He can't believe Lane is actually interested, but is willing to do almost anything as long as he can stay with the man of his dreams. He has crushed on his elder brother's best friend for ten years, and he figures this is his one chance to be with the guy.


Lane is 'into bondage', but he is very careful with Reece. He knows the man has never done anything in that area, and he is willing to take it slow. He does have some kinky ideas, and his drawer seems to be a bottomless source of all kinds of kinky toys, but at the heat of it, this is all about Reece for him. Unfortunately, he has set his mind on leaving farming and moving to the big city, and nothing will sway him. Or will it?


The hanky code' has been around for a while, and this story incorporates a newcomer's view very nicely. I especially loved how Reece keeps wondering about color swatches and rule books. It was a nice take on one less widely known aspect of the gay culture. And if you're really interested? Here is one list of many that will give you an impression of what all is going on without you realizing it, just Google 'hanky code'. If you like sweet stories with a bit of kink, and if you're looking for something hot that will make you smile, you may like this short book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 128 pages/25566 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-September-2012
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