Don’t Twunk With My Heart (Loving You, #2) by Renae Kaye

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Title:Don’t Twunk With My Heart by Author Renae Kaye
Series:Loving You
Release Date:August 26, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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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.

four-stars

This is my impressed face. A few things first, it didn’t have the romanticism that Loving Jay did. I was looking for it and didn’t see it anywhere. Don’t be alarmed, it was still very much good. Besides the abrupt ending which perturbed me alot, and the little update from Jamie I thought it was solid. I do hope that because the information about Liam & Jay was written that we do get some follow-up novella about their situation. Don’t want to spoil it. I am looking forward to book three’s couple.

When I first read Loving Jay, I was so amazed at the story. I loved every single minute of it. I haven’t had the same luck with Kaye’s books so I was super super hesitant to request this book. I was scared that it wasn’t going to live up to the hype of the first in the series. Well I’m disappointed at all. I liked this book for very different reasons.

I love Kee. I like everything he stands for, and his voice at 24 is far more maturer then I think I really was. I liked how he portrayed himself, and yeah I kept looking at the cover to see who was who. LMAO. I’m pretty sure, I know which guys is which now. I do like the age-gap element of the story. It showed Tate in a different lite. I really enjoyed the humor, the comradery, the love, and the realistic feeling of the story. I like that Kaye showed their relationship blossoming at a steady pace. From the meeting of friends & families, to the adventurous sex. I like seeing the spiciness that we do as a beginning couple. I enjoyed seeing the difference between the two guys. I think they were able to learn from each other, and expand and grow as well. The one thing that I would have enjoyed more was Tate’s eating issues. I felt like they were introduced, but maybe not spoken or touched on in further detail. I think if it was more in his pov then it would have felt more real I guess.

Between Tate’s eating issues, and yeah he explained why, and Kee’s past abuse I felt like it was just enough angst regarding it. I loved the pace of the story. I think it was well written and nicely flowing. Again, I would have like to see more after the I love you and then the ending. The ending was told matter of factly and it messed up my thoughts. All in all, I truly enjoyed this story, definitely low angst, realistic fiction, and a good telling of the evolution of a relationship. I thought these two were perfect for one another. It’s definitely renewed my thoughts on Renae Kaye, I might go back to read the books that I skipped.

 

About Renae Kaye

Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. She believes that the world is too complicated for her, so she loses herself in stories. The only thing that keeps her going are her children who are the delight of her life.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything. Which is why it’s a pity laughter is sometimes scarce on the ground.

You can contact her at renaekaye@iinet.net.au.

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