Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he’s seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he’s a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he’s surprised when the guy giggles and squirms.
Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn’t intimidated by Bull. He’s in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.
Soon Zach wants more and makes his move by asking Bull on a date. Though small, he has a backbone of steel. He’ll need it—their happily ever after is thwarted at every turn, including by Bull’s interloping mother showing up unannounced and enemies from Bull’s past threatening to pull him to the other side of the world.
This is the second book I’ve read from Andrew Grey and I have to say, I now definitely consider myself a fan. In Inside Out, Bull is a part-owner and head bouncer of a gay nightclub. He has the body and expression to scare anyone with just a glance and takes his job seriously. Until he meets Zach. Zach isn’t scared by him at all. Instead, when he frisks him the first night, looking for contraband alcohol or drugs, instead of scaring him, he sends the guy into a paroxysm of giggles from being tickled. He doesn’t know what to do about the small guy who isn’t scared of him. With his life and his history, everyone but his best friend and co-owner of the club is terrified of him.
Zach’s been through hell, but he refuses to go through life as a victim. He dreams of a better future and when he meets Bull, he’s instantly captured by this bear who saved him from being trampled on the dance floor of the club. As an artist, he instantly sets Bull up as the hero of a comic book he creates.
Unable to stop thinking about the strange man who wasn’t afraid of him, Bull finds himself doing things he wouldn’t normally do: like meeting Zach for lunch to discuss the comic book and asking him out on a date. In no time, he finds himself falling hard and with his past, that is the last thing he needs. Both men have a past and one after the other, they both come back to haunt them.
I think one of the things I love about this book is that both man had a rough past and they both worked hard to overcome them. I have to say, an added bonus is that in this book, the author had what could have bene a really bad man actually act the way I would expect someone like Sheik Rashad to act, instead of making him totally evil. I appreciated that intensely.
The epilogue was sweet and the author even threw something I wasn’t expecting – which totally made me smile. And no, I’m not going to tell you what it was. You should read the book to find out.
I would say this is a wonderfully sweet M/M romance for someone who doesn’t like a lot of angst (which I don’t), enjoys romantic erotic scenes, and likes the drama to be fixed quickly once it happens. A definite 4-star book in my opinion.