Exercising Restraint (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Exercising Restraint (Different Dynamics #2)
Author: Tamir Drake
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 30th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Erotica, A/B/O
Page Count: 16,800 approx words
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Pierce may have a crush on Steve, his sweet, funny personal trainer, but he doesn’t plan to act on it. They have a great relationship in the gym but are also friends outside of it, and Pierce has no intention of jeopardizing that. Besides, he may be an omega, but he’s got a good handle on his body’s biology. He’s not worried he’ll accidentally take things too far.

Steve may have a crush on Pierce, his smart and incredibly hot client, but he’s definitely not planning to say anything anytime soon. Pierce can do way better than Steve, and anyway, Pierce is a pretty casual dater. What Steve wants is anything but casual. And that’s not just the alpha in him.

When Pierce goes to Steve’s gym one snowy afternoon to work out, he thinks nothing of the fact that he’s in heat. He’s taken his libido inhibitor and is wearing his odor blocker, so there’s no chance of bothering Steve. Except, then the blocker wears off.

Steve wants nothing more than to keep himself under control, keep himself from doing something Pierce might not want. But Pierce might have something else in mind…

This was a good, quick read. I really enjoyed this book. It is an Alpha/omega non-shifter book.

Steve is a trainer and an alpha. Pierce works from home, trains with Steve to stay in shape, and is an omega. Both know what the other is but neither have ever really brought the matter up before. Both men have a secret they are hiding from the other as well. They both have crushes on the other man but have never mentioned it, acted upon it, or even considered it since they are friends as well as Steve being Pierce’s employee, so to speak.

Though they have never acted on it, both have thought about it and what it would be like. But neither man wants to take it to the other level for fear of messing up their relationship as it is with one another.

But things are about to be taken out of their hands when Pierce goes into heat and his heat suppressant spray wears off while at a training session. Yes, things are extremely uncomfortable for Steve especially but fate has a way of deciding what fate wants. And normally fate will get what fate wants in the end. Or will it?

This was such a good read. It was a quick read with a great storyline. I enjoyed the unknown between these two and them shuffling their way through things and trying to navigate the unknown. I look forward to more books by Tamir Drake in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.