Acceptable Behavior (Belen’s Review)

Acceptable BehaviorTitle: Acceptable Behavior (Marked Men, #1)
Author: Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: December 29th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Page Count: 179 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Tattoos don’t define a person’s character, or make him sexy. But, if you ask Sam Madison, they sure don’t hurt.

Dr. Travis Nelson has a passion for ink but keeps his many tattoos covered by long sleeves and trousers. He’s aware that as a pediatrician he’ll be judged not only by the other physicians in his practice, but also by the parents of his young patients.

When Sam Madison takes his young nephew, Levi, to be seen for an ear infection, he’s immediately attracted to Travis and the feeling is mutual. But Sam’s sister Melanie is going through a rough time and caring for Levi, and covering her obligations, keeps Sam occupied. He feels like he’s in no position to start a relationship.

Travis sees things differently, though he’s unable to truly understand the deep bond and connection Sam shares with his twin. As Melanie’s life goes from bad to worse, Sam is forced to make difficult decisions. Is protecting Levi enough of a reason for the two men to stay together, or will fighting for the child ultimately tear them apart?

Sam Madison moves in with his twin sister, Melanie, after her boyfriend and baby daddy is sent away to prison so he can help take care of his nephew Levi. Melanie has some drug issues and she’s not the best mom. Sam is doing his best to be there for both Mel and Levi.

When Levi gets an ear infection Sam takes him to a new pediatrician and is immediately attracted to Dr. Travis Nelson. However, with all he has on his plate, Sam views Travis more as a look, but don’t touch kind of guy. Travis is all buttoned up long sleeve shirts on the outside, but he’s totally covered with tats over most of his body underneath. When Sam keeps running into Travis he can’t continue to deny his feelings.

Travis loves three things: being a Pediatrician, riding his bike, and getting tattoos. However, Sam and Levi quickly join the ranks of the things Travis loves. Travis is intense in everything he does, and being in a relationship is no different.

I liked the relationship arc in the story, even if I felt like Travis was a bit to heavy-handed and intense at times. I was happy that Sam stood his ground on the important issues and didn’t allow Travis to just steamroll him.

I liked that even though Levi plays a big part in the story, it wasn’t all-kid-all-the-time but I’ll admit I eye-rolled a lot whenever Melanie was on page, and couldn’t wait for it to get back to the guys.

This short erotic romance is filled with hot smexy times, a touch of angst, and a ton of dirty talk. If you like dirty talk – look no further, because it is hot and heavy in this one!

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