Title: Don’t Twunk With My Heart (Loving You #2)
Author: Renae Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 26th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.
Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.
With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.
Kee Smith has spent the last year hiding away from his friends, working hard, living quietly, and living with his fear surrounding the bad breakup with his ex. The upside in his self-imposed year of banishment is he no longer worries about counting every calorie, eats what he wants, and works it off naturally between his very physically demanding welding job and his love of copying Yanis Marshall dance moves, heels and all. As a result he now has a buff body and a new attitude about life.
When Kee accepts an invitation to celebrate his friend’s birthday he’s pleasantly surprised to enjoy his night out at a club with all his old friends and even ends up hooking up with a guy who is totally not his normal type. At first Kee and Tate figure it’s just a night of fun, but they exchange numbers and soon begin seeing one another, slowly building a relationship.
Kee and Tate have loads in common, including a love of dancing in heels, and they take their relationship at a slow pace. This isn’t an insta-love story. Though the sex is plentiful and Kee’s convinced at first that’s all that’s between them, the more time they spend with each other the more they realize it’s true love.
I loved him and knew, in that moment, that any other love I thought I had for anyone else was just me fooling myself. Our love was a hundred times bigger. It was elemental, it came without conscious thought, and it was more than purely physical. It would not wane and die. I wanted Tate for eternity.
Sure, the guys have issues and pasts to work through, but with the help of their friends (Jay and Liam from Loving Jay feature heavily), the boys navigate their new relationship through to their very sweet HEA.
I liked elements of the story, like the slow relationship build while still getting hot sexy times, and getting to spend time with Liam and Jay, but I’ll admit it took me a long time to warm up to Kee, and because the story is solely from Kee’s perspective I didn’t really warm up to Tate for a while either. That coupled with the slower pacing of the story and…it’s just that I have certain expectations of a Renae Kaye story and, while this was pleasant and enjoyable overall, and there certainly wasn’t anything too negative, it just didn’t WOW me.
Bottom Line, this is a pleasant romance with low angst, passionate encounters, some humor, a sweet HEA, and a bonus chapter from Jay. It also gives a glimpse at the next story in the series, which I’m looking forward to getting my hands on, featuring Jay and Kee’s friend Vinnie.