Title: Power Bottom?
Author: Rowan McAllister
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 19th sept, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second-Chance Romance
Page Count: 236
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Can a pickup line from a stranger completely change the way an ordinary man sees himself?
Adrian wouldn’t have thought so, but after an ugly breakup where his self-esteem took a serious beating, he’s willing to try just about anything to repair the damage… even return to a secluded bar in rural Maryland and the intriguing stranger whose words have been on his mind since they met.
Biker, bouncer, bartender, and tattoo artist, Wyatt is a rolling stone. After fifteen years, he is tired of a life on the run, but he isn’t sure he knows how to do anything else or if he has anything besides a physical relationship to offer.
What’s supposed to be a one-off turns into another and another, and the relationship looks promising until the mob and the FBI come knocking on Adrian’s door.
“Power Bottom” is my first book by this author. It was an ok read. The plot was not that realistic and the characters felt a little flat to me. I love smut just like any other girl but only sexy times is not what makes a great romance. I like more plot and character development and meaningful conversations in my romance along with the smut. Adrian and Wyatt’s arrangement was more of a casual hook up than the start of something meaningful and permanent. I didn’t feel the connection between them. While reading the book I could not justify Wyatt’s feelings towards Adrian. More POV of Wyatt’s would have definitely been better.
Also there was the whole secret about Wyatt. The guy has been spooked for a long time and he has been running away from a phantom enemy for 15 years. That bit was stupid and a hard pill to swallow. The actual reveal of his secret comes quite late in the story. Wyatt’s mystery was not that great and believable.
As for the plot progression, I found it boring. Wyatt and Adrian’s relationship from casual sex partners to love happens quite out of the blue. I got that Wyatt was attracted to Adrian and was determined to give him orgasms to die for and build his non-existent self-confidence, but the love part was sudden. I thought more feelings would be in play before Adrian is branded as the guy to “anchor Wyatt” in one place. Wyatt’s past does not let him trust people very much and I did not feel that they had enough time together to actually cultivate a love which will make Wyatt stay and over rule his fear of imaginary mafia after him.
The story was a 2 star read for me. I am giving the other half star for the only believable part in the story, which was the Adrian’s part of the mystery. Adrian’s company is getting investigated and it turns out that they are guilty. His company is a mob front and the progress and conclusion of that part was quite exciting and nice to read.
Overall, I did not like this book a lot. The romance part is negligible and if you are looking for smut without a lot of meaningful plot development then you can give this book a try.
I would not recommend it.