Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Greyson Fox
Author: T.L. Travis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 189 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Greyson Fox, the man, the myth, the legend. The highly sought after, self-proclaimed permanent bachelor. Or so the rumor mill goes. Sure, I’ve heard it all – but the one that stung the most was being called a heartless bastard. Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that one in particular I found to be the most humorous since only one man had ever shared my bed more than once, and he’d long since passed away.
I wasn’t the heartless bastard they all proclaimed me to be, but life had a way of kicking me in the teeth…Repeatedly, so I shut my heart off.
For years I thrived, building my empire and living by my own rules. Until one day, the walls came crashing down around me.
Potential trigger warning:
This book contains brief descriptions of human sex trafficking, as well as two mentions of sexual abuse, including a brief description of oral abuse and an attempted sexual assault. There is some physical abuse by the syndicates hands and a drug overdose so if those are trigger points this may not be the book for you.
Review: This turned out a bit different than I was expecting. We know who Greyson is and then the story backtracks and shows us what happened to make him that way. The first part of the story is about Greyson’s first significant relationship. When tragedy strikes, it changes Greyson who copes by pouring himself into work and closing himself off into the person we met present day. When it catches up, Greyson is no longer a submissive young man, but a more jaded dominant man. I found it quite interesting how he changed gears so significantly, but perhaps it simply came down to circumstance.
The second half of the story is a current day relationship where Greyson has found someone who he cares enough about to open up and allow himself another chance at love. About 3/4 of the way through, I was wondering if I was reading the right book, as it really didn’t seem to be following what I read in the blurb, or I should say, the potential trigger warning, nor could I see how it was going to get there. It eventually does, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it, as there aren’t many actual details, though we know what has happened.
I think the way this story was told, and the expectations not quite matching up with regard to the blurb/warnings, pulled me out of the story a bit here and there. I loved the beginning, and almost wish the whole story was about that relationship, but there were things I enjoyed about the second one as well. While those things prevented me from being blown away by this story, I still enjoyed it quite a bit and will not hesitate to give this author another look.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*