Title: Admissible Behavior (Marked Men #2)
Author: Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, homophobic father, denied sexuality, ex wife, new beginnings
Page Count: 201 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Take one smart, sexy lawyer with tattoos covering his body. Add a macho, handsome Texan with a liquid-gold accent and enough hang-ups to drive a lawyer to commit a crime.
When Alex West told his parents he was gay they said, “Okay. What do you want for supper?” He grew into a happy, well-adjusted man and a sharp-as-a-tack lawyer. He has it all—except someone to call his own. Meeting Kyle Harbor for the first time, lots of thoughts ran through his mind. Most of them dirty. Finally, someone sexy and available, and what a catch.
Kyle Harbor grew up with a homophobic father who spent years convincing him what ‘real men’ did and didn’t do. They definitely didn’t fool around with one another, and Kyle got a summer at Bible Camp to convince him. Married for nearly twenty years, he finally decided his beautiful wife deserved better and divorced her. Now he’s looking for love in all the wrong places when he stumbles upon Alex and sparks fly. Can he battle his demons from the past, or is their relationship doomed before it even gets a chance?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to homophobically motivated physical child abuse, some brief references to drug use, one brief reference to gang rape, and implications of a ‘gay conversion program’ in backstory.
General Release Date: 28th February 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jenna Byrnes did an amzing job on this book.
Kyle is a forty four year old man that had to deal with a homophobic father growing up. When he was thirteen his father caught him making out with his best friend at the time and to say that his father lost it when he caught them is too say the least. So from that point on his father made a point to constantly remind him of what his father considered what a “real man” would do. So because of this Kyle did what he had to in order to alter his life including marrying a woman and having a child with her. At almost twenty years of marriage Kyle finally admitted to himself how unhappy he was and that it was not fair to stay married to his now ex wife Kelly.
For basically the first time in his life he is able to explore the other side of how he feels about men. But the thing is Kyle does so in a way that will keep him from getting involved in anyway other then in a sexual way. He either does a quick hook up in the bathroom of a club or he pays for the company of men. It seems to be working out for him or at least it did until he met Alex.
Alex grew up a very supportive family that accepted him for who he is with no issues. He is a thirty two year old lawyer that loves his job but feels like he is always missing out on the one thing he wants more then anything….a relationship and love.
When Alex meets Kyle he is attracted to him from the start. But things between these two men are difficult from the beginning. It seems both men are attracted to the other but both have different views on what they are looking for. Kyle wants to just hit it and quit it whereas Alex is looking for something more meaningful. So this becomes a point of contingency between them. Both men are hard headed and neither wants to give even a little.
In the end both men decide to compromise on some of their wants and needs and so a sort of relationship starts but again it is very bumpy because both men keep coming back to their personal issues throughout the whole of the book. In the end, it comes down to what each man wants and needs from the other and if they can finally seem to be in the same place with their feelings for the other. The question inthe end for both man comes down to, Is this what I want and if so am I willing to go for it?
This book was truly amazing in the aspect that there was some major issues that these two men had to work through in order to be on the same page. Kyle truly had the hardest issues to deal with because after the emotional and physical abuse he sustained from his father growing up, it was hard for him to decide if he could be true to himself first and foremost but also to those who matter the most to him. He had to battle his demons and what I love was that when he admitted his issues to Alex, Alex was willing to stand beside him when he needed it most and not let him go through in by himself. This was an amazing book and I truly look forward to the next book in this series.