Book Reviews

Orange by B.G. Thomas at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-February-2018

Book Blurb

Frank Sinclair believes only in the visceral, the real, what he can touch and taste. After all, his mother left him when he was five years old, so how can love exist? His next sexual conquest is what makes his world go around, not romance and happily ever after. The hot guy he sees working along the highway in an orange jumpsuit fuels his bad-boy fantasies. Coincidentally, the guy shows up at the gas station across the street from his apartment building, and you can bet he’s going to take his shot.


Roy Ingalls is his bad-boy parolee in orange, and he’s ready and oh-so-willing to be Frank’s next conquest. But Roy isn’t quite the bad boy he seems—deep down he’s sweet, naïve… and the most intoxicating man Frank has ever met.


The sex is the best of their lives, but can a man who mistrusts love and another who isn’t ready to admit he’s actually gay ever move beyond friends with benefits?


Book Review

Between Frank and Roy, the two very different main characters of this sweet, delightful, and very sexy story, I was entertained, in suspense about how they’d make things work, and utterly charmed. While both men are in their midtwenties, it is only when they meet that they begin to come into their own. Physical attraction and chemistry gets them started, but they soon realize there may be more between them than either wants to admit – for very different reasons.

Frank is a man who is out and proud, interested in as much sex as he can get, and a total nonbeliever where any sort of commitment is concerned. I thought he might be arrogant and conceited, but he manages to be humble and very down-to-earth about who he is. Way nicer than I expected. Based on his past experience with his mother leaving him and his father changing women on a regular basis, Frank has decided nothing is permanent, least of all a relationship, so he will just sample as many men as he can and enjoy each of them in their own way. He is good at his job, makes a comfortable living, and has a lot of time for staying fit, partying, and hunting new conquests. Then he meets Roy, and his beliefs begin to undergo subtle changes.

Roy may look like a bad boy (well, in prison-orange he did), but he is trying to do the right thing. That includes not being gay, because that is what he has been taught is right. When he runs into Frank and allows himself to give in to his curiosity about what sex with a man might be like, Roy discovers that he may be a lot “more gay” than he thought. Lots of his misconceptions change when he sees Frank again – and again and again – but he has quite an inner battle ahead. A lifetime of convictions is not easy to overcome, even if being with Frank and exploring their passion makes it pretty clear that Roy is definitely not straight.

Physical bonding can be very strong, and this story shows how it might happen. It’s also clear that it can lead to more if the two men are right for each other. Frank has issues with trust and opening his heart, but Roy’s sweetness sort of sneaks up on him and conquers his heart before he realizes what’s going on. Roy is trusting but never knew his heart could beat faster for a man until he spends time with Frank, trying out every sexy thing he has ever imagined two men might get up to together. The two make a strong couple, but boy, does it take them some time to get there. The whole process of them changing who they believe they are takes time. I hung on every word!

If you like emotional, dramatic, coming-of-age-at-a-later-time stories, if you want to watch two men change right in front of your eyes, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of discoveries, surprises, and tender moments, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. Its style is slightly different from most of this author’s books I have read, but the characters charmed me and the story delighted me as usual.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 302 pages/96015 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-February-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle
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