Title: Inside Out
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, MM
Page count: 200 approx.
Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he's seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he's a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he's surprised when the guy giggles and squirms.
Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn't intimidated by Bull. He's in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.
Soon Zach wants more and makes his move by asking Bull on a date. Though small, he has a backbone of steel. He'll need it—their happily ever after is thwarted at every turn, including by Bull's interloping mother showing up unannounced and enemies from Bull's past threatening to pull him to the other side of the world.
Review of book
I have to admit, prior to Inside Out, I’d never even heard of Andrew Grey, much less read any of his prior work. This is proof positive that a well written publisher’s blurb posted to Facebook can snag a new reader and make an instant fan out of them!
I’m not going to lie, I have a thing for the tough, growly types that seem to be softer on the inside for the right person, so I was instantly in book love with Bull. His strong, no-nonsense attitude screamed out for someone to take a poke at him - and Zach was the right guy for the job. As many times as Bull attempted to take a step back in denial from the budding interest he was developing with the much younger twink, Zach’s upbeat but realistic personality seemed to be exactly the balm he needed. Each struggled with de-valuing themselves in some way; I loved that as hot as the couple were with one another sexually, it was the emotional connection that gave this story so much depth.
Did Zach do crazy things that might not have been completely thought out in order to gain Bull’s attention? Sure, but that eagerness seemed to be exactly what the tightly wrapped guy needed to bring a spark of excitement to his life. Bull’s innate need to protect and nurture was readily apparent; however Zach intense loyalty and ability to roll with the punches as it were made me realize that his inner strength was just as powerful.
This is a fun read, a deep read and definitely a sexy one. Even if M/M romance isn’t your “go-to” genre, I would recommend Inside Out by Andrew Grey for its feel good plot alone - it’s THAT good!
Five Shooting Stars!!!