Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Normal Enough
Author: Marie Sexton
Heroes: Kasey Ralston & Brandon Kenner
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 24,000 words
Publisher: Amber Allure
Release Date: March 16, 2014
Available at: Amber Allure
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Blurb: When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. Between what Kasey considers a shameful fetish and his long estrangement from his family, Kasey finds it easiest to be alone, even distancing himself from his coworkers. But Brandon doesn’t think Kasey’s fetish is weird. In fact, he likes it.
Kasey doesn’t know how to resist a man as charming as Brandon, and he’s more than willing to be seduced. But what are Brandon’s long-term intentions? Kasey is afraid of hoping for too much, but equally afraid that when all is said and done, Brandon will leave, and Kasey will be left alone once again.
Mechanic Kasey Ralston has a kinky secret: certain classic muscle cars turn him on. When the wealthy Brandon Kenner brings one of his oldies into Reggie’s garage for a minor repair, Kasey has to take a test drive with Brandon. Kasey’s fetish is so uncontrollable that Brandon is easily able to spot that something is up…more than a little something if you know what I mean. And you know what? Brandon doesn’t think that Kasey is a freak at all; he’s more intrigued than he has been in a long time (turns out Brandon has more than a little fetish for men with unique fetishes). Anyway, Brandon decides to have a little fun with Kasey by encouraging him to “enjoy” his car…
I really enjoyed this. Two men who seem to be total opposites. Here you have Kasey, quiet and introverted, living in a rundown trailer with his dog and doesn’t even speak to his family. Then you have Brandon, a successful lawyer who travels across the country leaving his cat alone for days at a time. BUT, both have a passion for classic cars. Both are lonely. Both are just a little bit kinky. And that is what really brings them together.
In the beginning, I was really into the sexual tension between Kasey and Brandon. I mean come on, the FaceTime scene was one of the hottest masturbation scenes I’ve read in forever. Unfortunately, once they finally had real sex, the story lost a bit of intensity for me and ran out of steaminess.
I liked both Kasey and Brandon, I really did, but in the end, I wasn’t convinced that these two would have a lasting relationship beyond the bedroom…or car. They are just too different and the story wasn’t long enough to show me how they would interact when they were together and not having sex.
Then there is the whole issue with Kasey’s brother. I think they’ve taken a step in the right direction, but I’m not sure if I believe that anything will change between them.
If there would have been even a tiny epilogue, I may have been more convinced that a HEA could be possible, but right now, its left at a HFN.
Overall Impression: I Liked It!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*