Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Sideline Submission
Author: Kora Knight
Series: Up-Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 90 Pages
Publisher: Kora Knight
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Round two with Scott hadn’t been what Tad expected, but it did end up providing a few important realizations. For one, that crazy first encounter was definitely more than mere male hormones. Which meant he felt a true attraction to the guy. Something that explained his defenselessness against Scott’s smoldering charms. Seriously, the dude had cut through his fortifications like the things hadn’t even existed.
Which, yeah, was pretty unsettling.
So Tad had resolved to cope with his findings the only logical way he knew how: purge the guy from his system once and for all by staying away for good. Unfortunately, that proved way more uncomfortable than he’d anticipated. Seemed his ‘stupid infatuation’ ran considerably deeper, which made going cold-turkey one miserable chore.
So when Scott unexpectedly seeks him out, Tad’s too drained to fight his turmoil any longer. Allowing himself a much needed fix, he agrees to hang out, neither he nor Scott knowing Dom boy Max will end up part of the deal. What starts out as an unassuming evening quickly turns shockingly licentious. Question is, will Tad be able to handle it? And more importantly, what path will it send him down in his ongoing journey of discovery?
Review: As much as I totally loved the hotness we got in the first (and second) stories, I am thrilled that it has become a deeper, more involved story. I fell in love with Tad and Scott from the very beginning and have been super excited to follow their journey.
In this installment, Tad has been incommunicado with Scott for about a month trying to put Scott out of his mind. It didn’t work so well in the last book, and it really isn’t working so well now. He is constantly thinking about him and analyzing every thought. After he sees Scott posted some workout videos without him, Tad is questioning even more. Did Scott move on and forget about him? Were the feelings all one-side from Tad? He is still struggling so much with the fact that he even feels anything for Scott, let alone the sex with a guy aspect, and then tormenting himself by keeping away. It is frustrating, but I was happy that Tad wasn’t just, all of a sudden, accepting of it all. It made the whole experience more believable to me.
Thankfully, Scott made contact and convinced Tad to help him out in the gym. There was still the tension, still Tad questioning every look and every feeling he had, but they got through it and kept things cool. It is very easy to see Scott is struggling as well, not to push too hard, to keep his feelings in check, etc. You can tell he is smitten and wants so much more from Tad, but as with the first two segments, he tries very had to walk that fine line of not scaring Tad off.
Then, Max requests their assistance with a client – he needs observers for his session. Tad reluctantly agrees, hoping he will earn some points with Max, whom Tad believes doesn’t like him very much. You can guess what happens – a whole lotta hot and bothered behind the glass. By far, my favorite parts of these stories are when Scott is in his dommy mode. There is so much sexual tension with these two, and you can just feel Scott’s restraint in everything he does, while still pushing Tad just a little for more.
One thing I noticed that didn’t quite flow as smoothly as the other two books was Tad. He seemed to almost be forced at times, cursing and saying “dude” a lot. I did not remember this from the previous stories, and it just felt a little off this time for some reason. But the rest of the elements that I loved are still present. We get a glimpse that there is a lot more to Scott’s background than he lets on, especially with the way Max butts in at the end. I really cannot wait for these two to become more open with each other, but given Tad’s skittishness, that may be a slow process.
This ends similarly to the previous books, with Tad leaving and Scott left feeling a bit down. There are promises of a next time and not losing contact again that make it a bit easier to take than before, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of this hot story play out. The writing is smooth, the banter quick and witty, making this a quick page turner. Bring on the next one!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*