Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Test of Endurance
Author: Kora Knight
Series: Up-Ending Tad: Volume 2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 69 Pages
Publisher: Kora Knight
Release Date: October 8, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The last time Tad saw Scott, the ripped physical trainer left him with quite a lot to think about. And that’s pretty much all Tad’s been doing for nearly two weeks straight. At his wit’s end, he seeks Scott out, voluntarily, on his own terms. Will the completely different setting offer what he’s seeking; proof that their exchange’s unexpected turn was just a random mishap? Hormones run amok and truly nothing more? Or will being in Scott’s presence suggest something different… their newest encounter tempting Tad’s resolve while testing his ultimate limits.
Review: This picks up right where Loser Takes All left off. Tad is trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to put his experience with Scott behind him. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done with so many reminders, not to mention the video Scott gave him. He decides to take up Scott’s offer of assisting with a weight training video to show himself, once and for all, that what happened with Scott was a fluke.
When Tad arrives at Scott’s house, we get to meet Scott’s roommate, Max, and what a delicious morsel he seems to be. I cannot wait to see more of him. But, back to the main event. Although reluctant and leery at first, Tad manages to make it through the videoing thinking he has accomplished his mission. Even though there are twinges of desire and lusty thoughts, Scott is extremely professional throughout the whole thing. That is, until Scott offers a professional massage.
What I love, and have loved from the first moment these guys spoke to each other, is the general feel, vibe, character, whatever that each of them possess. Their snarky playfulness just seems so natural and never forced. They really seem like they have met their match in each other, and, as with the first book, the banter and dirty talk is perfect.
Another thing I love about these guys is how much you can see and feel their emotions throughout their struggles. Tad is struggling with having these feelings and reactions for a guy, for Scott, in particular. His mind is going a mile a minute trying to piece himself together. Is he really gay? Were there signs all along? He is trying very hard to keep his mind and body from communicating with each other, though I think he is finally starting to give up and just let things happen. But he doesn’t do it very easily. He doesn’t just flip a switch, which I appreciated.
Scott, on the other hand, is struggling with his desire for Tad. He sees that Tad is a good match for him and loves the many challenges he presents, showing him things about himself, etc. But, you can also feel the maturity and strength he exudes in holding himself back, afraid of pushing too far and losing Tad altogether.
This story ends much the same as the first, with Tad walking away, both men thinking about each other and both not knowing if they will see the other again. Will Tad give in and return once again? This story is not rushed, for which I am glad, though even halfway through, I am longing for more. This has the same intensity as book 1 but in a somewhat different setting. I want to see the rest of it play out so badly I can taste it. Part 3 cannot come fast enough as far as I’m concerned.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*