Title: The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel
Author: Bey Deckard
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 12, 2015
Page Count: 78
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
All James wanted was a little solitude at his favourite resort: bright sunshine overhead, soft, white sand underfoot, and a hammock to read in while the warm breeze rustles through the coconut palms and almond trees. However, when an old acquaintance shows up, and James is obliged to share “his” beach, a profound exchange over a bottle of rum leads to a lust-fuelled encounter in the dark.
Reeling from the intensity of the drunken tryst, James decides to cut his vacation short rather than face what he’s kept hidden under mountains of denial.
However, his escape is thwarted when Rudie, handsome and plainspoken, calls him out on his behaviour and makes him see that life needn’t be spent running away from his desires.
Set at a rundown old resort on a small Caribbean island, The Last Nights of The Frangipani is a story about letting go of fear and learning that passion and love can be found in the most unexpected of places.
Oh James… James Talbot is an actor who runs away from his life for a month every year to hide from the world in a dilapidated hut in the Caribbean. He takes the same vacation every year and chooses the location for its solitude, not its luxury. The Frangipani Hotel is long past its expiration date, with newer, all inclusive resorts taking away its business. James likes the comfort of being by himself 24/7 on the island and does little more than eat, read and sleep. Separated from is wife and children, he really is adrift.
During one of his trips, an old friend, Rudie Brauer, invades his solitude by renting the hut next door to him. A famous actor himself, he is also looking to get away from it all and hide from the prying eyes of his fans and the paparazzi and life in general.
“Sometimes I feel so smothered that I don’t want anyone to touch me,” Rudie confessed into the hush that had fallen. “As if I will shatter like glass.” I turned to look at him, and saw that his eyes were closed. “Then there are times when I think that I will simply stop existing, if I am not touched. And then being touched is all I can think about.”
The two men stay up late one night and after a bottle of rum, James’ inhibitions are lowered and he follows Rudie into his hut, not quite knowing what he is doing there. Rudie knows, and takes off his cloths and invites James into his bed.
But James is straight, isn’t he?
The dance of shame and attraction and lust and love begins…
I really, really enjoyed this book! True to his normal style, Mr. Deckard gives us some dirty, hard-core and hot-as-fire sex. If you’ve read Sarge and Murphy, you know what I am talking about! He has a talent for turning raunchy sex into romance and love. It catches you off guard and the fact that he can do this with under 100 page novellas is a superior talent.
I reached for him—grabbing him roughly by the shoulder, fingers digging into his arm, I forced him onto his stomach, and he let out a soft moan. Teeth bared, I nearly shook with panic and anger and desire as I pushed his legs apart. He didn’t resist. I threw myself down on him, my weight sinking him into the mattress as I grasped my cock and guided it, thrusting into him hard.
If you are looking for some emotional healing/comfort between men trying to figure out what they are doing with their lives along with mind-blowing sex, this is the book for you. As an added bonus, we get a sweet HFN/HEA with the boys heading to a new, freer life away from the secluded island. This is one book I’d absolutely love to have a sequel, to see how the boys are fairing in the real world.