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X-Factor by Sean Michael
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X-Factor

by Sean Michael

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Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for a cute guy needing to be rescued from a big brute. Even better if the rescuer is the usually quiet type who doesn’t strike anyone as a hero. This fun story has both. It’s about snowboarder Ecco – the one who could do with some help – and game designer Henry, who had no idea what he was getting in to when he started flirting with one of the athletes of the X-treme games. All he expected was – maybe – some fun, but once Henry and Ecco get to know each other, things change. I liked this illustration of what a little hope and love can do in terms of helping someone take back control of their life.

Ecco is a snowboarder who is desperate. He is in so much trouble that he doesn’t even know where to start. He just wants to snowboard and have some fun, but his manager, Blake, has different ideas. I think Ecco gave too much power to Blake before he realized the danger, then fell into a pattern of expecting abuse, and now has a very hard time figuring out how to get away. Without ID, money, or an idea where to go should he succeed, he doesn’t stand a chance. And anyway, he has tried to et away from Blake before – with disastrous results. When Henry comes along and seems happy to help him out, Ecco manages to pick himself up and starts effectively fighting Blake’s totally unprofessional and unwelcome possessiveness.

Henry is a quiet guy, a game designer, and a man with a big heart. He loves watching the X-treme games and flirting (or more) with the athletes, but he has never gotten more deeply involved. He also seems to think he is too old for them, but some of the athletes are not all that young themselves, so I suspect he is using it as an excuse. Meeting Ecco changes this for Henry. Not at first, when their interactions are purely lust-based. But when Henry begins to figure out that Ecco is in trouble, things change and Henry gets far more involved than he’d thought possible.

If you like athletes and the men they fall in love with, if you want to see a young man heal from years of mental and emotional abuse, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with a lot of action between the sheets before it turns suspenseful and intense, then you will probably like this novel.


NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews. ( )
  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
3.5 stars ( )
  mearias | Apr 3, 2013 |
2.5 stars. Way too much sex and Christian was identified as a man in his late twenties but sounded like a 14 year old bogan. ( )
  jules0623 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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If game designer Henry and snowboarder Ecco can keep their romance hidden from Blake, will lust turn into love?

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