Book Review: Taste in Men by Douglas Black

Reviewed by Morgan

26804411Title: Taste in Men
Author: Douglas Black
Heroes: Taylor/Charles
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 152 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Taylor Dale is terrified of getting tied down. After years working a job he doesn’t like in a city he’s always wanted to leave, he is finally on the verge of starting over. He just has to make it through his two-week’s notice.

A team-building weekend throws a spanner in the works when Taylor meets Charles. Charles is definitely not Taylor’s type, but attraction sparks hard and fast between them. Against his better judgment Taylor decides there might not be any harm in a weekend of no-strings-attached fun.

But Taylor never was very lucky.

One night with Charles threatens to turn his world upside down, if Taylor is willing to let it. In a panic, Taylor pushes Charles away, but distance isn’t enough to stop him wanting the man. Soon, Taylor realizes he has to take a chance and see if there might be a future between him and Charles. But for that to happen he’s going to have to hope Charles will answer his call.


Review: Taylor has been working on a project for years that suddenly pans out – big time. So he quits his job and prepares to move across the ocean to live the life he’s always wanted. But, before his time is out, he has to attend a “team building” event with his current job.

While at the team building event, he meets an older guy who strangely does it for him, though he normally doesn’t go for older guys. Turns out the older guy owns the company Taylor’s been working for all these years.

Charles, the boss, chases after Taylor and though he resists at first, Taylor can’t say no. Eventually, they have to decide if what they have can mean something or will Taylor choose the life he thinks he wants over the one he’s been shown.


I like trying new authors because that’s how you broaden your horizons. I liked the blurb for this and thought it sounded intriguing. I can’t say it was “bad”, but it didn’t work for me. The writing was fine and the smexy times were pretty hot, but the relationship and plot fell short for me.

I didn’t connect with Taylor at all. He felt juvenile and unworthy of Charles’ love. Charles, on the other hand, was pushy and almost made me feel uncomfortable with how insistent he was in the face of Taylor’s “I don’t want this”. Taylor absolutely concedes, but it doesn’t feel “good”.

My biggest plot hurdle was why in the world would someone force an employee to do team building when they’ve quit? What possible purpose could that serve?

So, overall, I’d have to say this wasn’t very remarkable one way or another. It didn’t make me hate it, but I didn’t find much that appealed to me. I would definitely give this author another chance, however, this book just wasn’t for me.

Overall Impression:  It was good

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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