Title: Admissible Behavior (Marked Men: Book Two)
Author: Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 181 Pages
At a Glance: This book is a well-done sequel to Acceptable Behavior, and I was glad to see Alex get his own story, but it took me a little time to warm up to Kyle.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Take one smart, sexy lawyer with tattoos covering his body. Add a macho, handsome Texan with a liquid-gold accent and enough hang-ups to drive a lawyer to commit a crime.
When Alex West told his parents he was gay they said, “Okay. What do you want for supper?” He grew into a happy, well-adjusted man and a sharp-as-a-tack lawyer. He has it all—except someone to call his own. Meeting Kyle Harbor for the first time, lots of thoughts ran through his mind. Most of them dirty. Finally, someone sexy and available, and what a catch.
Kyle Harbor grew up with a homophobic father who spent years convincing him what ‘real men’ did and didn’t do. They definitely didn’t fool around with one another, and Kyle got a summer at Bible Camp to convince him. Married for nearly twenty years, he finally decided his beautiful wife deserved better and divorced her. Now he’s looking for love in all the wrong places when he stumbles upon Alex and sparks fly. Can he battle his demons from the past, or is their relationship doomed before it even gets a chance?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to homophobically motivated physical child abuse, some brief references to drug use, one brief reference to gang rape, and implications of a ‘gay conversion program’ in backstory.
Review: Alex West is a first-class lawyer: clean cut, smart and knows how to talk. He worked hard, put himself through law school and then opened his own firm. Alex takes on a new case for Lucinda White, part owner of Harbor-White Construction Company. Although Lucinda is a striking woman, she’s not Alex’s preference. Now the handsome Texan, Kyle Harbor—he turns Alex’s head.
Unfortunately for Alex, Kyle has some serious issues. One is that he’s deep in the closet. He’s also been hooking up with hustlers, which is a danger in itself. Kyle doesn’t always treat Alex very well, but Alex knows what he wants. He also knows how to put Kyle in his place. But just when Alex and Kyle think they can work out some sort of relationship, Kyle’s ex and daughter show up.
The fun side to this story is Eddie Ortega, who has the best tattoo shop around, and Melanie Madison, his assistant, who’s ready to give tats a try. Alex and his friends are in a competition, of sorts, to see who can get the most tattoos. Right now, Alex has seventy-six, and is giving serious thought to more. Doctor Travis Nelson has one-hundred and nineteen, and Sam, Travis’s husband, has just started with one, while their friend Colt Crawford has eighty-eight.
This book is a well-done sequel to Acceptable Behavior, and I was glad to see Alex get his own story, but it took me a little time to warm up to Kyle. I really liked how Jenna Byrnes brought so many of the characters back from book one. She gives us a chance to revisit with those who were facing a lot of adjustments in their lives. I liked the change in Melanie and the secret she’s hiding. Travis and Sam are making great strides with their little family. And there are grandparents and friends who offer lots of love and support. I don’t know what the author has in store next for the Marked Men series, but I’ll be watching for it.
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