Book Review: X-Factor by Sean Michael

Reviewed by Morgan 

29746707Title: X-Factor
Author: Sean Michael
Heroes: Henry Delloit/Ecco Rasmussen
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 193 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 27, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home and the snow. He also loves that the X-treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes. Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding; he needs it in fact. He knows he’ll never make it to the big times but as long as he can get on his board and go he doesn’t care. The only fly in the ointment is his manager Blake Dobbs. The man is possessive and mean and believes he owns Ecco. Given the way he’s isolated Ecco and holds all the money, not to mention the way he treats the boarder, Ecco figures maybe he does. When Henry and Ecco meet at the Branchberry Games, it’s lust at first sight. An injury on Ecco’s qualifying run gives them the opportunity to spend some quality time alone together at Henry’s home, away from the crowds and out from under Blake’s thumb. Will lust have the opportunity to turn into love? More importantly, what will Blake do when he finds out?

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Review: Ecco (aka Christian) is a snowboarder who is being abused by his manager. He gets injured and ends up seeking refuge with Henry, a game designer who has a crush on Ecco.

**

This story plain didn’t work for me.

For one thing, I never really liked Ecco. He was really immature, weak and I think, portrayed as not very intelligent. I honestly didn’t see any redeeming qualities other than he can board well and therefore I wasn’t really invested in his relationship with Henry.

I also never understood why Henry just didn’t confront the manager for Ecco when he found out about the abuse. The drama with the manager seemed over the top soap-opera- esque.

The way these guys interacted with one another felt like two teen-age boys at a skate-park rather than two grown men – one of whom is a professional. This was cute at first and felt like the author was really trying to keep things “real”, but then it got tiring and felt forced as the book went on.

There was a lot of sex and I think maybe too much? (Dare I say it?) For example – Ecco is really beat up and just out of the hospital – he goes home and engages in vigorous sex – that didn’t feel really realistic and instead felt extraneous. I’m not sure all the sex really helped this story out or if it was too much – but fans of Sean Michael know what to expect as far as that’s concerned.

I just don’t think this book was my style – I still love the author and will continue to look for other books by her in the future.

Overall Impression: It was good

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

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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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