Title: Saying I Do (Quinn Security #3)
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Novel (145 pages)
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When Rhone Quinn caught Adam Reyes picking his pocket in Finding Home, he never dreamed the young man would become his best friend, his business partner, or that Adam was secretly gay and falling for him. What really knocked heterosexual Rhone on his ass was discovering Adam’s feelings, and realizing he felt an equally fierce attraction and love.
Fast forward two years. Rhone and Adam are engaged and headed to Vermont for their wedding. Nothing can mar this beautiful occasion. Right? Wrong. A bride staying at the hotel fuels Adam’s fears of losing Rhone to a woman; a feuding couple that Adam and Rhone run into every time they turn around sparks disagreements between them; and a hotel employee’s strange behavior spurs Adam’s professional curiosity and later rouses his protective juices.
What was supposed to be a week of celebration and hot lovin’ quickly turns into a Quinn Security investigation. Now all Rhone and Adam need to do is get a bickering couple to admit they’re in love, help a sweet young man out of a terrible situation, and maybe, just maybe, Rhone can get his fella to the chapel on time to say “I do.”
Quinn Security Series
When we left Rhone and Adam in Finding Home reviewed here they had become lovers after being mentor, protégé and friends for 10 years. Now, almost 13 years since they first met, Adam proposes to Rhone and holds his breath in case the love of his life turns him down. Obviously that doesn’t happen and the guys are happily engaged and on their way to get hitched. Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Not so fast.
They arrive in Vermont where the wedding was to take place with a week to go before the big day. As if they didn’t have enough to do with their impending nuptials, they become embroiled in the affairs of several people at the hotel where they were staying, which is a major distraction and source of disagreement between the guys.
The other more important issue was Adam’s fear that Rhone, who was straight before he fell in love with him and still found women attractive, would some day decide that he really preferred women. This was a legitimate concern on Adam’s part since a man had never been Rhone’s idea of his life partner because he had been hardwired for 35 years to be attracted to women.
I really wanted to like this book because I had looked forward to reading it as soon as I realized that a sequel to Adam’s and Rhone’s love story was coming, but I found the number of minor plot points to be confusing. Obviously since this is a novel the author needed to have a lot more story than in Finding Home, but it became difficult to keep the players and their roles straight. I suspect that we’ll see some of these secondary characters in new books written by Cameron Dane – why else would they be introduced here and their stories left unresolved?
What did I like about this book?
Rhone’s sincerity when he talked about his attraction to women and a new wrinkle, noticing how handsome men were, something he had never done before. He also talked about his insecurity and hidden fears for 2 years that Adam might leave him for another man in the future. Despite his love for and trust in Adam he still had these irrational fears that he would lose him.
Adam, who was almost a decade younger than Rhone, was very mature. He had lived on the streets after his father threw him out of the house when he found out he was gay, so he was in some ways the more reliable partner in terms of knowing what he wanted and he had made up his mind early on that Rhone was the man for him. This couple seemed to have it all – best friends for 13 years and now lovers about to be married.
Adam’s unwavering love for his aunt Loretta even when she appeared to have given up on him due to her strong religious belief that sex beteen two men was an unforgivable sin.
What didn’t I like about the book?
A lot. For starters, too many secondary characters in the book and minor plots that distracted from and hijacked the main storyline – getting Adam and Rhone to the altar. Another distraction was a fight between Adam and Rhone over a woman, which seemed to me to be manufactured to provide additional conflict in a story that had more than its fair share.
Over the top prose – here’s just a small sample –
“Rhone bit down a roar of pleasure. He bowed back as Adam pulled up with incredible suction and sent every nerve ending in his prick into overdrive. Rhone’s bare ass bunched into tight knots of muscle, and the cool air permeating the chapel could not penetrate even a millimeter of his flesh.
“The zip of acute, perfect pleasure ripped up his spine and into his belly, and Rhone jerked up straight just in the nick of time. ……..and scraped his own esophagus raw as he stuffed his shout of release back down into his body”
“Adam’s testicles swelled and grew heavy with agreement”
Vows won’t change it; they’ll just seal the deal.
He gave a little squeeze, and Adam interpreted the touch.
Rhone’s caress spoke with a gentle indulgence.
Go ahead and ask your questions.
Too much sex in the book even for a couple about to be married; one location was in the chapel where the ceremony was to be held because they couldn’t wait.
My other issue was that the author used clinical terms for body parts in Saying I Do e.g. rectum and anus and there is one word that she used innumerable times “chute” that pulled me out of the story because it reminded me of a garbage chute.
I had other concerns about the book but these were the main ones.
If you read Finding Home you will be interested in how Adam’s and Rhone’s story ends, but I find it difficult to recommend this book which is more Quinn Security than Saying I Do. However other readers may enjoy this story with all the pomp and ceremony of a wedding.