The Bouncer

Title: The Bouncer
Author: A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 72
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Kevin Branigan thought he was moving to Austin, Texas, for a job. Instead, he got a life.

Kevin Branigan begins a new life in Austin, Texas, working as a bouncer at his brother’s bar. A teacher by trade, he’s had a hard time getting work and is still hurt over a catastrophic break-up. Doing something completely different seems like a great idea, and being close to his brother, Jack, and Jack’s husband, Tito, is another benefit to his changed circumstances.

Things are looking up until Tito intervenes in a drunken fight at the bar one night. Tito stops a patron from beating up his girlfriend, but it could be very bad if news gets out that Tito, a retired boxer, slugged the guy. Kevin takes the fall, and winds up being arrested.

Sentenced to community service in a gay church, Kevin begins to think that the signs are all bad. However, late one night at the bar, he’s seduced into a hot threesome with two of his co-workers. He finds himself drawn into this dangerous mix, as well as to a hunky undercover cop, Cruz Dixon. Unfortunately Cruz appears to have a boyfriend. Or does he? Can Kevin win over Cruz, who’s captured his heart and his mind? Can he really make a life for himself in the World Capital of Music? Or are his days as Austin’s newest bouncer numbered?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of ménage a trois, ménage a quatre and voyeurism.

This was my second read of The Bouncer and I am reviewing the newly released 2015 edition.

Kevin Branigan is a man-down-on-his-luck. He hasn’t been able to find a teaching job and his boyfriend of 6 years has run off with his possessions, his money and his heart. He decides to make a change and move to Texas and help his brother Jack and his brother’s boyfriend Tito run the gay bar/restaurant/nightclub called Tiki Tito. He is now The Bouncer.

This actually felt like two different books to me. One was a story about a down-on-his-luck man, returning home with his tail between his legs after a failed romance and no job prospects. He takes a job well below his means at his brother’s bar and has casual threesome sex with the bartenders at the restaurant. The other story is about a lonely man looking for a place to call home, who fits in perfectly with his brother, Jack, and his brother’s new husband, Tito, and his two young sons, who he has partial custody of. Kevin meets and quickly falls in love with dreamy police officer Cruz and their courting is beautiful and romantic and fucking hot as sin. THAT is what I absolutely loved. The romance and the family dynamics. The rest I could pretty much do without.

But the romance alone in this one is worth the recommendation. It is wonderful. Recommended.

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