Book Reviews

The Pit Boss by Dakota Rebel at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-November-2012

Book Blurb

Derek Sikes has always had a nice, boring life complete with a normal office job and weekly dinner at his parent's house. His brother was always the crazy, unreliable, wild child in the family. So Derek isn't really surprised when his brother ends up engaged to a Las Vegas show girl and begs him to come be the best man at the wedding.

Derek's plan of flying to Nevada, watching his brother make a huge mistake, and making it back to work by Monday gets sidetracked when he meets a handsome pit boss named Joel his first night in town. Falling harder and faster than he ever has before, Derek can't help but wonder what's going to happen when he has to go home to his simple life in Nebraska. Because unfortunately, what happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas.


Book Review

The balance between planning and impulsiveness, having fun, is the theme of this story, and I really liked looking at it from Derek's point of view. All of us have some sort of a balance between the two that we feel is natural, and when something pushes us out of that comfort zone, there are a couple of choices as to which way we can go. We can panic and run, we can examine the phenomenon in more detail, we can (more or less hesitantly) push ahead and see what happens, or we can jump in feet first. This story is a mixture of all of those for one of the main characters as he struggles with learning new things about himself.

Derek starts out thinking his brother is the impulsive one, but when he starts discovering things about himself he never knew, he is amazed. And shocked. Not to mention clueless as to what to do. He isn’t quite the repressed accountant he thinks he is though, so there is hope. Joel opens his eyes for him and while Derek is honest enough to admit he is scared, he is also curious enough to want to explore further. Except he isn’t ready to admit what's going on, denies it all, and goes home pretending that's what he's meant to do.

Joel has a good job as pit boss with a big casino in Las Vegas, is pretty settled in his way, and probably thinks he is moderately happy. All tat changes when he meets Derek, and finds put what life could be like with a great man at his side. Joel is as hesitant to mention the L word as Derek, but I could feel both of them thinking it. Joel is more open to admitting where this may be going than Derek, and he struggles with the idea of having to say good-bye at the end of Derek's visit, possibly never to see the man again.

While their explorations are mainly physical (and boy, are they hot!) for most of the book, the underlying attraction and potential is clear to both of them. If you like insta-lust (possibly love, but neither of the characters wants to admit it), if you enjoy seeing how two hot men test their compatibility in and out of bed, and if you're looking for a hot read with lots of emotion and a heart-wrenchingly happy ending, you may enjoy this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 82 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-July-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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