Saturday, October 20, 2012

Calling The Shots by Christine d'Abo

Calling The Shots

by Christine d'Abo

Also posted at Ms. Reality's Goodreads

Copy given by publisher for review

Overall:  4.5 rounded to 5

Sizzle:  Freaking Burning!

Holy Hell!  I haven’t read many m/m/f or m/m books.  I’m sort of a virgin with it.  This book opened my eyes wide!  HOT!

Josh Scott owns a hot BDSM club, Mavericks, but is feeling the need for change.  Before he makes any changes, he feels that he needs to play matchmaker.  His beautiful club manager, Beth Norris and hot sexy head bartender, Oliver Stephenson, are on his list.  Josh has watched these two, but has hidden his own feelings for them.  He feels that if they are together and happy it will be enough for him.  Josh is openly bisexual, but hasn’t crossed that line with them.  Josh has many demons haunting him and has not found ways to let go of his past.  He feels he doesn’t deserve to have it all.

Beth has had the hots for Josh since she started working for him 2 years ago.  She has kept these feelings to herself with only a mild flirtation between the two of them.  But with working in the BDSM club, it has opened her eyes to her own sexual needs. 

Oliver is trying to work through his problems.  He’s trying pick up the pieces of his life, but not doing such a good job at it.  He is very conflicted about his sexual feelings.  He is very attracted to Beth and Josh, but insists that he is straight. 

The flood gates open in a night of mind-blowing sex.  Could it work between the three of them?

There is also a major twist that I didn’t see coming!  I love it when that happens.

My Thoughts:

OMG!  The sex scenes are hotter than hell!  I think my kindle started smoking!  I didn’t even know some of that was possible!  Big eye opener for me! 

I loved Josh.  He was dominate and sweet.  I could feel his torment with everything he had to go through growing up.  I wanted to reach into the book and hug him.  I was angry with him for pushing the other two away, but I understood why he did it.  I felt it.  I love how he was trying to look out for both Beth and Oliver.

Beth was hot in my book.  She came off as sexy and strong.  I like that she was both a dominate and a submissive.  I loved seeing both sides of her.  I liked that even though these two men were in her life she was still strong and didn’t take any shit. 

Oliver, oh Oliver.  I felt so bad for him.  I wanted to wipe away what that bitch did to him.  I loved how the author fielded his torment of loving a man.  Oliver was so conflicted about his feelings for Josh stating first that he was straight.  It never came across that he had any issues with being gay, but it was just that he never explored it.  

I did love the way the author talked about the anguish of deciding whether you can love a man and a woman or two men.  What would their families think?  What would society think? Could they live together and do this?  It is a hard topic for society.  Everyone has preconceived notions and I love that the author tackled these.
Overall, great read.  Would recommend it!