Title: Krewe Daddy
Author: Margie Church
Series: Hard as Teak: Book 2
Publisher: Noble Romance
Cover Art: Fiona Jayde
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Contemporary, M/M, BDSM
Length: 222 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Guest review by Barb Manning
Review Summary: A great new installment in the Hard as Teak series about two troubled young men trying to rebuild their relationship after a long separation.
Luis is the Daddy, a sought-after lover, with an ego to match the mammoth-sized Mardi Gras floats he designs. His lifestyle and reputation are wearing him out, but Luis can’t find a satisfying way to break the cycle and be happy, too.
Drew’s insecurities pushed him to have a foolish affair six years ago. It destroyed his relationship with Luis, and he’s never been able to commit to anyone since. Now, he’s taken control of his life and changed his submissive personality by becoming a model for Kevin Marks, and a wildlife enforcement agent in New Orleans.
These men haven’t forgotten each other, or settled their differences. When they accidentally meet in a French Quarter gay bar, the years of regret, anger, and pent-up emotions erupt. Their passion is as hot as ever, their mistrust just as potent. When Drew’s future is in Luis’ hands, will he choose his lifestyle or love?
Featuring Kevin, Teak, and Drew from “Hard as Teak”.
Krewe Daddy is a gay romance novel by Margie Church with some minor BDSM overtones. The novel tells the story of Luis Herrera and Drew Rothem. Luis is a skilled graphic designer who spends his time playing Daddy/Dom to some of his clients, while working on spectacular Mardi Gras floats. Drew is a wildlife enforcement agent in New Orleans and a hot outdoor model on the side. Neither man has seen each other since their bitter break-up six years ago. Sparks fly immediately when they bump into each other at a New Orleans gay bar. Krewe Daddy chronicles the development of their relationship after they meet again. Are they going to work out their issues, or are they going to end their relationship forever? It’s an energetic tale involving criminals, forestry agents, drag queens and hunky male models.
Luis and Drew can’t seem to forget each other, but they also find it hard accepting the changes they find in each other after six years apart. When they first met, their relationship was one of Dom and sub. Luis had control and set the parameters of their relationship. Now, they’re trying to see themselves as equals. Creating a new relationship amidst the ashes of their old one is hard work; jealousy rears its head on occasion, as does anger. Church doesn’t gloss over the effort; their pain and fear comes through clearly. So does their passion. These are some strong men with distinct features. Luis is dominant and occasionally overbearing, but Drew is no longer the insecure sub he once was, being a law enforcement agent has bolstered his self-confidence.
It was a delight following Luis and Drew as they dealt with some of the drama of their lives. Their sexual encounters are steamy and their attempts to cope with the changes to Drew’s life after he receives an injury during an altercation with a criminal family are poignant and sometimes painful. Church writes an entertaining and thoughtful story about coping with life and love when the circumstances are far from perfect. Her environments are real and her characters are not one-dimensional.
Krewe Daddy is a nice story about trying to rebuild a troubled relationship. The novel is part of the Hard as Teak series with many of the characters from the previous book making an appearance. Kevin and Teak, the main couple in Hard as Teak are in the middle of planning their wedding when Drew and Luis reconnect. They take Drew away from the temptation of Luis for a photo shoot in Minnesota. There are some tense interactions between Drew and Kyle, his sometimes lover, as well as some humorous scenes between Drew and Jordan, his partner in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment of this series. These characters are likable and engaging, discovering what lies in their futures should be fun!