Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wicked Cool

Wicked Cool by Val Kovalin
M/M Contemporary Romance
18,000 words
Cover Art by Trace Edward Zaber

Junk removal specialist Stu Van der Meer has been burned before in love affairs with corporate professionals who underestimate him as a blue-collar guy who's good with his hands. When he meets property manager Brian Hawthorne, he knows that he shouldn't get involved with him, especially since he senses that Brian might be in serious trouble.

However, he can't ignore their immediate sexual chemistry. He can't deny his curiosity about Brian's secret past, specialized knowledge, and unusual accent. Brian has something to hide, and it tests the limits of each man's willingness to trust the other as Stu pursues the truth.

Is Brian a criminal? A victim? Is he only using Stu as a distraction from his fears? As their relationship deepens, Stu must decide what risks he will take to protect them when Brian faces a threat from the past.

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"Although Brian and Stu felt attracted to each other immediately, they took their time getting to know each other, which I really liked. Also, when they finally got to it, their sex was hot enough to scorch a fender. Brian's secret was well-elaborated and just outlandish enough to make Stu's cluelessness fathomable, and the grand Just that, grand." From the review by Feliz Faber on (rating 5 out of 5)

"Overall I enjoyed Wicked Cool. It was a nicely written contemporary with well rounded characters and a tightly paced plot. I may not have liked it as much as the author's previous book [Trinity Trespass], but it still showed that Val Kovalin is an author to watch out for and I shall be picking up any of her subsequent books." From the review by Jenre at Well Read blog (rating "Very Good")

"Overall I found Wicked Cool very entertaining and from beginning to end I was engaged in Stu and Brian’s story. Despite being only novella length the author did infuse a lot of details as well as emotional depth into the book. This is Val Kovalin‘s second published work and I eagerly look forward to reading more from her in the future. Recommended." From the review by Lily at Reviews by Jessewave (rating 4 out of 5)

"Kink is something in erotic romance that usually turns me right off, because it can so often seem implausible, tacked-on, or just plain dumb. In Wicked Cool I was riveted. This is kink how it should be done: raw and needy, and integral to the character arcs and the way the two characters converge." From the review by Jordan Castillo Price on (rating 5 out of 5)

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