Time To Do

Title: Time To Do
Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella (108 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
        

THE BLURB       

The words ‘have sex with a man’ can change everything, especially when they’re written on a straight man’s to do list.      

 Rigby and Brennan have been best friends forever. Growing up and going away to university didn’t alter that. Brennan coming out of the closet to his straight best friend didn’t change anything either.      

 But when Brennan finds an old to do list mixed in with his friend’s possessions, and sees ‘have sex with a man’ written right there at the top, it alters everything. When Brennan realises the man he’s in love with isn’t as straight as he’d always thought he was, their friendship changes beyond all recognition.      

 When the friends decide it’s time to start ticking off all the items on Rigby’s gay to do list, they soon realise nothing will ever be the same – for either of them.       

 THE REVIEW       

 It’s not often that I’m pleasantly surprised by a book that I have had in my TBR for over 6 months which I bought on a whim, but Time To Do by Kim Dare taught me not to make assumptions. I thought that this book would be the typical adolescent GFY story i.e. totally unbelievable! However I take my hat off to the author for creating Rigby and Brennan who were so warm, incredibly tender and loving, and so hot for each other that they changed my perception of this theme in M/M books.       

This story started out as a”to do” list by Rigby which Brennan, his roommate, found among all the untidy junk that Rigby couldn’t seem to get rid of. Right there on the list next to ‘go skinny dipping’ was ‘have sex with a guy’. To say that Brennan was shocked was to put it mildly since Rigby was the big man on campus as far as the ladies were concerned, and he could have his pick of a new woman every night of the week. Brennan had always thought that his best friend was as straight as an arrow and this item on the list was definitely a paradigm shift. When Rigby realized that Brennan had read his list he suggested that since Brennan was gay he would be the ideal person to have sex with so that he could cross it off. It never occurred to Rigby how difficult it would be for Brennan to agree to his hare brained plan, because for Brennan this was more than a “to do” item – his heart would be involved.       

The list was divided into subsections – kiss, touch, oral, and anal. Kissing was experiment #1. Rigby found that kissing his friend was unbelievably exciting and way better than kissing girls, and he was all set to move on to “hand jobs” but Brennan was having a difficult time with Rigby’s list because he realized that when it was over he would not be able to just close the door now that the genii was out of the bottle. As they got further into the list Rigby recognized that contrary to what he always assumed, i.e. that he was straight, he was actually bi and the only man he wanted was his best friend and now lover Brennan. Not only was sex with Brennan more arousing than he had anticipated but he was falling for him in a totally new way.       

 As the guys negotiated their new relationship, and emotions like jealousy cropped up, Rigby was so tender and understanding that Brennan started to believe in a future for them, despite Rigby’s dreams of the white picket fence, the wife and 2.5 children. Maybe his dream had a chance of becoming reality.       

 What I liked about this book       

>>Rigby and Brennan were well crafted, three dimensional characters and you will fall in love with them just like I did
>>The story was extremely well done and believable
 
The book was also very funny and here are a few lines

  “Are you going to get going now?” Rigby demanded. “Patience.” “It doesn’t hurt.” Brennan chuckled. “That’s great. Now all you have to do is find a guy with a cock the same size as my finger and you really are good to go.” Rigby shot Brennan a dirty look over his shoulder. Brennan smiled back at him. “When you can take three fingers without squirming, you’re ready to have some real fun.”      

 “This is what all that stuff about controlling the kiss was all about, It’s not about who tops, it’s about who gets the keys to the handcuffs.”    

  What I didn’t like about the book      

 >>The author kept using the word “clean” to refer to the characters’ sero status. Maybe she should read the post that I did several months ago about the way this word made gay men feel when used in this context. 
>>There were a few typos and pov shifts but not enough to spoil the book
  
 
 
I think I can say without a doubt that you will enjoy Brennan and Rigby, two wonderful characters who loved each other so much that the transition from being best friends to lovers was actually plausible. Brennan was so vulnerable and Rigby so protective and dominant that it was as if they had been made for each other and had been lovers for years. All Brennan wanted was to be Rig’s first choice of a partner in everything, including sex and love. When Rigby found out that the reason Brennan only had sex in backrooms and didn’t have a regular boyfriend was because he been in love with Rigby for years and didn’t want anyone else, he was so tender and caring that I could feel his emotion.
  
   

 
This is my first book by Kim Dare and I will be checking out her M/M backlist for other offerings.
  
  

 
 
Two terrific three dimensional characters in a wonderful romance. What more can a reader ask? This great read should be on your immediate “to buy” list.
    

Author

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

20 comments

  • Hi Kendall
    I saw Bi Now, Gay Later and am still debating whether I should buy it. I’m not sure about the story line because with bi protagonists sometimes there could be a woman in the mix, and I’m not interested in reading M/M books where females have on-page sex with the guys.

    I’ll have to ask the author before I buy the book.

    BTW the TEB site is now up and running.

    • Let me know if you do wind up getting it. My Q has more to do with “oh lordy, is this going to be another ‘no one’s really bi so he turns out to be gay’ thing”…. Not that one random book is like a referendum on my sexuality or anything. 😉 I should just buy it.

  • Kim Dare has some great BDSM shorts, free on Total-e-bound’s site…but their site’s down right now. (It says “closed,” but earlier their server wasn’t even responding.) She links to them from her own site; when TEB’s site’s back up, I recommend the first three, if you like BDSM. (I haven’t read the fourth.)

    Anyway, this book sounds good. (bookmarking for later) 🙂

    BTW has anyone read Bi Now, Gay Later? Recommend it to me or warn me away from it??? (I have an idiosyncratic reservation about it but mostly, it sounds up my alley.)

    • Lily
      I really enjoyed this one and I hope you do if you get it. I thought Rigby and Brennan were a terrific couple. 🙂

  • Here’s my problem, I read this but I had it confused with another, maybe Gay Until Graduation, similar theme, friends, one straight, D/s. I had to read this review several times to remember it. I’m kind of burned out on the formula. So I guess it’s obviously didn’t stick in my head if I got it confused with another book. I’m not saying I don’t like the author’s work because I have read several stories but they just don’t resonate with me like some others I guess.

    Different strokes, which is a good thing. 🙂

    • Tam
      Are you sure you’re talking about the same book? Maybe you meant the Lust Bites series – I reviewed one of the books by Mia Watts which I hated (Bad Boys, Bad Boys) and I have a few others which are just as poorly written. I bought this one at the same time and didn’t read it because I thought it was of the same ilk, even though it was much longer and not in the same series.

      I just did a check on a couple of other review sites and they seem to like it as much as I did, but it could be different strokes.

      • The other one “Gay Until Graduation” is a Lust Bites, but I’ve read this one too. It was okay but didn’t make a lasting mark in my brain obviously, but it wasn’t bad, just unremarkable for me. I see I read them a couple of months apart, not sure what my problem is. 😛

    • Hi Kim
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Time To Do was quite a pleasant surprise for me. I don’t suppose there’s a chance that the boys will be back in a sequel is there? They are a great couple.

  • Hi Chris
    Isn’t it a wonderful book? I couldn’t believe that I left it at the bottom of the TBR pile for over 6 months until last evening when I was looking for something different to read. I love these guys.

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