Monday, January 30, 2023

Book Release Blast for Brazen Affairs by Ashley James (REVIEW)……..

 Two men on different life paths find a sizzling connection in this m/m-fueled romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Brazen Affairs by Ashley James, along with getting my impressions of this contemporary tale, then add this first installment in the Hidden Affairs series to your bookshelf!

Sex Workers
Gay for Pay / Bi-awakening
Age Gap
Sexy Vers Men
Praise Kink
My entire life has been one steady plan after another.
Go to college.
Get married.
Have a successful career.
More than a decade goes by, and my entire world is rocked in more ways than one. Everything I thought I knew is ripped from under me in one fell swoop.
Then I meet him.
The enticing man behind the camera with the boyish grin and the charismatic energy that makes me question everything.
He was only supposed to be a means to an end. But what I got was so much more.

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Fans of romances that take time to build will fall for this story with each turn of the page as two opposites find that they're perfectly imperfect together.  The more time these two spend together the closer their hearts grow, the more truths are discovered, and the more I laugh and blush as Vaughn starts learning about the online adult entertainment industry.  Add in some entertaining secondary characters and you have a well-rounded tale that I read in one afternoon of delightful bliss.

Vaughn's life is falling apart at the start of this book.  He's lost his job and found out his wife's been cheating on him for months.  While wallowing in misery and drinking into oblivion, he discovers an OnlyFans site that he becomes obsessed with.  Though he's never identified as gay, Vaughn can't help but be drawn to one young man as he reaches out to him as a newbie wanting to learn the ropes of being successful as an online content developer.  The connection between Vaughn and Camden sizzles from the very beginning as these two coworkers become friends before slowly becoming more.  With each moment spent together they discover more hidden depths to one another.  Both start off with walls around their hearts, caused by their painful pasts, walls that are slowly chipped away the closer they get to one another in a burgeoning romance that warmed my heart.

Vaughn's the older man in their slow-burn romance, a man who's a bit grumpy and a bit unsure about where he wants his life to go.  Camden is ten years younger and using his online income to pay for college.  He's a breath of fresh air from the start, a sweet and sexy young man who's confident in what he does for a living.  He's had a tough upbringing with a mother whose relationships were one disappointment after another while being unlucky in love himself.  At the start he wants nothing to do with love (or kissing), but with the bond growing between him and Vaughn, things slowly but surely lead to love.  With each turn of the page Camden learns to trust in his heart, while Vaughn learns to be less regimented and embrace life more.

On a whole this is a scorching tale with a slow-burn romance between two apparent opposites.  It utterly charmed me at times while making me blush often courtesy of scenes on their websites as well as a romance that heats up slowly but steadily.  The depiction of online adult entertainment, along with Vaughn's new self-identification, was done in a respectful way that made this story even stronger.  I completely fell for Vaughn and Camden's pairing, relished each and every interaction.  The inclusion of secondary characters Bodhi and Elias added another decadently delightful layer to this book (courtesy of tantalizing tastes of intriguing backstories) that has me counting down the days until the next installment in this series hits bookshelves!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Ashley James is a romance author who enjoys writing (and reading) LGBTQIA+ books. She is from Washington State—and no, not Seattle—and currently resides in South Carolina with her two kids and hairless kitties, Goose, Maverick, and Houston. Ashley is introverted and slightly (okay, majorly) awkward. She refuses to make this section sound like a tacky dating app profile, so she won't be telling you how much she enjoys music, how she thoroughly enjoys dancing and singing in her kitchen, despite not being able to carry a tune, and she won't be telling you about her love of toxic and broken fictional men.

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