No One But You


Title: No One But You
Author: K.C. Kendricks
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: novella
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
 

THE BLURB

Lovers Stacy James and Levi Wright keep their relationship hot and spicy by enjoying the little things in life. Levi welcomes Stacy home from a business trip by delighting his partner with a quick trick in the men’s room of a local pool hall. An offhand comment by a stranger cools Stacy’s ardor, however, and sets in motion a chain reaction that rocks the very foundation of Levi’s world. He’s never cheated on Stacy, but Stacy has sudden doubts.

On his own, Levi is tested in his discoveries—about Stacy, their relationship, and about the kind of man he wants to be. One thing he knows for certain. He’s not losing Stacy over a careless whisper that isn’t true, but will the only man he’ll ever love forgive his angry words?

Stacy made the worst mistake of his life telling his lover to find another place to sleep. Levi might be younger, but he’s a man, with a man’s pride. But can Stacy draw on all his experience to walk a road full of detours and pitfalls to meet Levi halfway and bring him home? Because for Stacy, there’s no one but Levi…

THE REVIEW

This book closes the loop in many ways in the relationship between Stacy and Levi, our May/December couple who set up house 5 years ago in Shining Victory. At that time 25 year old Levi was still trying to figure out what he wanted in life but one thing he knew for sure – 40 year old Stacy was the love of his life, even though he had never been in a relationship with another man. He had always wondered why the women he dated never raised his temperature and why sex was so unsatisfactory; when he met Stacy he knew that this man was what he had been waiting for.

The book opens with a hot scene in the men’s washroom with the guys having a quickie. As usual with this author, the sex is always part of the relationship and, in my opinion, is never gratuitous. It was interesting to see how far Levi and Stacy had come since they met 5 years ago. The family-owned exotic car restoration garage where Levi worked, The Chop Shop, was thriving and had expanded with the help of Stacy’s investment in the business. Levi now had his own television show aimed at car enthusiasts, and his relationship with Stacy was on the upswing. But there are clouds on the horizon and they had an argument that started out as somehing inconsequential and blew up into a major fight and hurt for both of them, leaving Levi to wonder how or if the deep divide between him and Stacy could ever be closed. Because the fight was over something in Stacy’s past which devastated him years ago,  he decided to separate from Levi for a short while to think things over because he could not overlook Levi’s comments, even though Levi regretted what he said immediately.  It didn’t help that the Director of the film crew was cruising Levi during the separation even though he knew that he was in a committed relationship. Levi had to decide not only how to mend things with Stacy but what he really wanted out of life, before he could go back to his lover.

Stacy and Levi were a great couple from the perspective that they loved each other and each one couldn’t do enough to make his partner happy. Despite the age difference they seemed to be able to work most things out  sexually and otherwise, and at 45 it appeared that Stacy was not slowing down in the sex department and could more than keep up with Levi  who didn’t see himself as gay as he was not attracted to any other man but Stacy. He couldn’t even get an erection when Aaron tried put the make on him. Similarly, it seemed that he didn’t get turned on by women either – he was totally devoted to Stacey. This was the one aspect of the story that bothered me in terms of being credible because  I could not imagine a young man like Levi not being attracted to members of either sex, only to Stacy.  But there is always a fly in the ointment or snake in paradise and in this case it was Stacy’s long time business partner Jeremy who never liked Levi and was always looking for ways to damage their relationship. Unfortunately Stacy was very fond of and loyal to Jeremy who had saved him from certain jail years ago, and whenever Jeremy saw an opportunity to drive a wedge between them he did his best to cause trouble.

Although I liked No One But You there were a few loose ends and the story didn’t resonate with me as much as Shining Victory did but I like this author’s characters because she doesn’t stick to the tried and true formula of 25 year old hot guys. No One But You is not a standalone book and you need to read Shining Victory, the previous book, to understand Levi’s and Stacy’s motivations and why certain actions had such an effect on them in this new book. This book is a car buff’s dream and if  you like exotic cars you’ll be in heaven. Definitely recommended!

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I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball

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