Title: What It Looks Like
Author: Matthew J Metzger
Release Date: August 20 2016
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Length: 80,615 words
Eli Bell is the only son of a police chief inspector and a forensic scientist. He's grown up wonky in a world that only deals with the straight and narrow -- and his new boyfriend isn't helping.
Rob Hawkes is six feet of muscle, tattoos, and arrest warrants. A career criminal and a former guest of Her Majesty's Prison Service, he'd rather hit Eli's parents than sit down to dinner with them. One wrong move, and Rob could destroy Eli -- and his family -- without a second thought.
But this isn't what it looks like.
Rob's not in control here -- and Eli's the one to blame.
In the beginning I didn't know what to expect from this book. I wasn't liking the characters and the chemistry was hostile at best between them. Usually that turns me off but in this book I was intrigued. I kept reading and right in the middle of reading I was bulldozed and ran over by a shocking plot twist that completely turned the book around for me.
There's Eli a smallish guy who comes from a traditional home. Cop dad and Forensic mom and a sister. While they are not perfect they are family.
Then there is Rob. A wrong side of the tracks sort. Only family is his brother, some aunts and cousins. Fresh from prison, and a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas.
I wish I could give away the secret but I can't. This revelation does put the beginning into perspective though. I think if anyone can identify with turbulent home lives and being dealt a terrible hand this book with speak to them.
There is sex in this book and while its secondary to this extraordinary plot, its still hot. Its different and I love the dynamics.
I think what did it for me was the fact that every thing you think you know about certain relationships, male/female, sub/dom, parent/child is kind of backwards. What you think is going to happen doesn't necessarily happen that way and I love that type of stuff.
This book ends like expected, with a HEA. Honestly, all I can say is this book is definitely NOT what it looks like and that's an awesome thing.
Matthew J. Metzger is the front for a British-born author dragged up in the south of England as part of a typical nuclear family with three kids, a mortgage, and no dog because a dog would get hair on the carpet. A brief escape to the north to study focused his writing from daydreaming rambles to his first novel, Our Last Summer. It is unquestionably better than the dissertation he produced at the same time for his university degree, but probably not as inventive as the excuses he provided for missing classes so often.
Matthew has since returned to the London area, and therefore lives mostly on the public transport. He suspects that his next few pieces will probably involve homicidal characters on the London Underground.
For more information, please visit matthewjmetzger.wordpress.com.