Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Prized Possession
Author: Kora Knight
Series: Up-Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 93 Pages
Publisher: Kora Knight
Release Date: February 7, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: With Tad’s reservations firmly on the one-eighty, he’s finally more at ease exploring this intriguing new part of himself, especially where his attraction, and affections, for Scott are concerned. But when their plans get cancelled, Tad winds up watching the guy in action at the gym instead. Kickboxing lessons lead to sparring, which in turn leads to a face-off more erotic than Tad could have ever imagined. Huge new boundaries crossed, both men are floored like never before. Have these milestones finally put all Tad’s hang-ups solidly behind him?
Review: This is one of the hottest short story series I’ve read in a very long time, and each one continues to provide just as much as the previous installments.
This picks up not long after the last, and we see Tad is still struggling within to understand his feelings for Scott, the physical and mental alike. I love that he is still having these little arguments with himself. It just seems very natural for someone who has never thought of being with the same sex up to this point. Tad cannot deny how he feels when he is with Scott, that he wants to be with him more and more, whether they are having amazing sex or not.
A big issue Tad is having is his friends. He knows he has to tell them at some point. He’s been blowing them off on their usual night to spend time with Scott, and things are going to come to a head at some point. Tad just really wants to make sure he understands what it is before he says anything. Is he officially bi? Is he actually gay? Is he only gay for Scott, since Scott’s the only one he has ever had any of these feelings about? In addition, Tad is still having issues over what happened with Max and the outburst about Tad being closeted. Fortunately, Scott is a patient man and realizes Tad is just trying to understand his new feelings.
The tables are turned a little bit in this one. The level of sexual tension and chemistry between Scott and Tad doesn’t change, but they do have a competition of sorts for dominance. Tad is determined to beat Scott at something and finally gets his chance when the two agree to wrestle it out. Even when it looks as though Tad is going to best him, Scott doesn’t seem worried. He is always Mr. Cool, Calm and In Control. Maybe he realizes the potential win/win situation, or in his case, lose/win, because lose he does, giving Tad control to pick his prize.
Tad chooses to top Scott. Sounds pretty easy, except this is Tad. Tad, who has zero experience with men other than what Scott has shown him. But, he is determined to see the experience through. I loved getting to see the other side of things, both with Tad and with Scott in the different positions, again both physical and mental. There is no question that when these guys come together, they are off-the-charts hot, no matter who is directing.
As with the previous books, though not quite as drastic this time around, this one ends on a somewhat “oh, no, WTF, don’t end there” moment. I could seriously read about these two all day long and never get tired. Their dialog is fabulous, their chemistry and sexual tension can be felt through the pages, and I really want to see them through these little issues holding them back. Waiting for these two to actually kiss leaves me gasping. I love watching Tad work through it all and how it doesn’t just fix itself in his mind overnight. The series name says it all – this is Tad’s erotic journey of discovery, and I hope he is able to keep up so that Scott is there at the end of it.
The only things I do not love about this story are how Tad calls Scott dude or the dude so much, and that I wish they were longer. Ms. Knight has a style that I love and will drop what I’m doing to read. I don’t ever want this series to end, but I look forward to whatever else Ms. Knight might send our way.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*