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"You're awake. Hang on a few more minutes, Little Bit, and I'll get you inside so you can shift."
Keaton's head snapped up-ouch-at the deep sexy voice. Little Bit? Who in the ...? The man had a gorgeous head of black hair, high cheekbones and a tanned complexion. He was obviously Native American and fairly young but that was all Keaton could see from his point of view. He raised his snout and sniffed, trying to see if the man's scent seemed familiar, and damn if his cock didn't throb. Good God Almighty, what a wonderful scent. The butterflies got worse. Even so, he discerned that the man was a wolf and that he definitely didn't know him.
He dropped his head back down on the seat and relaxed. Apparently, he wasn't in any danger. This man must have rescued him.
This was Keaton's first full moon here in his new home and he hadn't even met the local pack yet. Maybe he should have made more of an effort so he could've hunted in a protected area. He knew the rules. He'd stayed out of the pack's marked territory. At least he'd managed to hunt on the unmarked pack land so someone had been able to rescue him.
The truck stopped. The man cut the ignition and turned around to face him. If Keaton had been in human form he'd have gasped, but as a wolf it came out as more of a whine.
The man was gorgeous. Big eyes-probably brown-and full lips, high cheekbones and his smile ... Keaton blinked. Good lord, he'd been rescued by a walking wet dream. He'd always had a thing for tall, dark and handsome men.
"I knew you'd have blue eyes." The man stopped smiling, his face becoming very serious. "We're here. Are you ready to go in?" He didn't wait for a response, instead he got out of the truck. He stayed away for about a minute then came back and opened the back door. "Okay, this is how we're going to do this. You're going to try and be very still and I'm going to be very careful and try not to jostle you around a lot." He unbuckled the seat belt and slid his hand underneath Keaton's side. Pulling him out gently, the man picked Keaton up and kicked the door shut. Thank God, his head and foot ached so much he didn't even want to attempt walking. The man carried Keaton to a nice little ranch-style house. The door was open, so Keaton supposed that's where the man had disappeared to after he got out of the truck. He walked right in and laid Keaton, still wrapped in the blanket, on the floor then shut the front door.
Keaton lay there for a minute taking everything in, or trying to, he couldn't seem to get his eyes off the man. Tall and wide shouldered ... and what a great ass. Keaton's cock twitched. The man's hair was a little longer than shoulder-length. It probably would have looked girly on another man, but with his obvious Native American features, it fit. It was sexy as hell.
The man turned, catching Keaton staring, and smiled. "Yeah, kinda weird, huh? You feel it too, right?"
What? Keaton cocked his head to the side automatically, and wished he hadn't. He had a headache from hell. But how did the man know how Keaton felt? Wait, if he felt it too, then it wasn't just the trauma of being shot. What did that mean? Keaton glanced down the man's body. Oh, he had a hard-on too. Keaton's heart began to pound at the sight.
"Why don't you go ahead and change so we can talk."
Keaton's gaze shot back to his face. He nodded, feeling a little embarrassed at getting caught checking the man out. Yeah, change ... good idea. It'd probably stop his head from hurting too. But how in the heck was he going to hide his erection from this gorgeous man?
Keaton shifted, managing to keep his bottom half covered by the blanket. Fully human again, he sat up, prick still hard as stone, stomach still in knots and heart still pounding. He looked up at the man and suddenly it hit him. "Ohmigod. You're my mate."
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My God, was right. Little Bit was absolutely the prettiest man Chay had ever seen. Although to call him a man might have been stretching it a bit. He looked legal, but barely. And it wasn't only his slim build that gave the impression of youth. His features were lovely. His nose was narrow and straight, slightly upturned at the end. Chay had never understood what the term peaches-and-cream complexion meant, until now. Little Bit had flawless skin. His short platinum locks lay in waves where it wasn't matted with blood.
Chay squatted next to his mate and pulled the gauze away from the sunny-colored hair, knocking a hank of it down to obscure huge sky blue eyes. The wound had healed completely, not even a scar on the pale skin.
He peered up at Chay in astonishment and pushed the hair back with a slim, elegant hand. "What's your name?"
Chay grinned at the thick southern accent. "Chay ... Chayton Winston. What's yours, Little Bit?"
A light brown eyebrow arched. "I assure you it isn't Little Bit."
Oh ho. Little Bit had teeth.
Chay raised a brow of his own.
Bit blushed and cleared his throat. "Sorry. I just get tired of all the cracks about my age and size. I guess I'm a little sensitive about it. My name is Keaton." He held out his hand. When Chay shook it, he added, "Dr. Keaton Reynolds."
Chay's mouth dropped open. "How old are you?"
Keaton sighed. "Twenty-five. And before you ask, I've a PhD in history."
Wow. Very impressive. Apparently his mate was a really smart man and much older than he looked. Chay grinned and sat on the floor. "You obviously aren't from here. What brings you to New Mexico?"
"Work. I teach Ancient Civ. at NMSU." Keaton smiled and slid on the wood floor to get closer. "What about you? What do you do?"
"I'm a vet."
"Yeah? Thanks for rescuing me Dr. Winston."
"I didn't. The game warden did. Shot you with a tranquilizer dart and brought you to my clinic. I only cleaned your wound."
Keaton moved, practically scooting into Chay's lap. "Thank you," he whispered.
Chay stared, hypnotized by the smattering of freckles he'd just noticed across the bridge of Little Bit's nose. "You're very welcome."
Keaton's breath fanned over his face but Chay didn't move back. Who would have thought freckles could be sexy?
The younger man blinked. He had eyelashes any woman would kill for, long and curled at the ends. Up close, his beauty became more apparent. Keaton leaned in, pressing his lips against Chay's.
Chay pressed back without thought.
Bit's lips felt warm, right. His tongue teased Chay's lips, seeking entrance. Kissing him didn't feel any different than kissing a woman. Chay pulled back. "Uh, I'm not gay."
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Posted March 24, 2011
I will start by saying that if gratuitous smutty scenes are all it takes to catch your interest, you will at least find some enjoyment in this book.
However if you would like to see a deep, meaningful relationship, action, tension, and mystery, you will not find it here. It's porn.
Without Reservations is the story of two werewolves who find themselves mated to each other. Other reviews and synopses may lead you to believe that there is also a mysterious attempted murderer and tension due to Chay and Keaton's family and friends lack of acceptance, but do not be fooled. These are not actually plot points, but merely flimsy pieces of the story meant to fill in the gaps between sex scenes.
The romance between Chay and Keaton is extremely boring. In this universe, werewolves immediately know who their mates are upon meeting them. They are in love immediately. The romance doesn't develop in a way that the audience can identify with. They are just magically and instantly in TRUE LOVE.
In the beginning, Chay was supposedly straight. I think the romance would have developed more believably if Chay HAD some reservations about the mating, rather than just accept with no problem after the initial shock passed. Chay coming to terms with his sexuality would have added a lot more depth to the relationship.
As I was reading this I was wondering when confrontations would be happening with the other characters. And when they did, their relationship was usually accepted easily, and the two characters that did have a problem with it eventually came around without too much conflict.
Without revealing too much about the mystery attempted murderer, it's pretty obvious who it is thanks to the author blabbing too much detail at times when it was unwarranted. (Anyone who reads a lot will be able to pick out "Chekhov's Guns"). Even that subplot is solved with minimal conflict. I never thought werewolves could be made this boring.
Too long, didn't read: It's 75% sex scenes and the other 25% is pretty terrible.
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Posted March 10, 2011
Loved the story and want to read more. Wished there were not so many sex scenes however, they take away from the real story.
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Posted April 3, 2014
A great read... It's a beautiful gay erotic suspense love story. I truly had trouble putting it down. It ended far too soon. I do hope the author will continue their love story in future novels. I think there are lots of possible futures for these characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2014
Refreshing and amusing characters - one who has a life changing revelation and deals and one with an attitude who doesn't. This book kept me entertained and I look forward to reading more in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
I almost didn't buy this book because of some really bad reviews. That would have been a mistake. This was a great book. Yes, it had a lot of sex. It is an erotic gay romance, duh. Add in the shifter mating aspect and it is like the beginning of any passionate relationship multiplied.
Those who claim people were too accepting of the romance seem to want more conflict. Not everyone has a problem with same-sex couples and the author may not have said it, but many things could have been discussed outside of the main characters to explain away the apparent ease of acceptance from those who may have originally had a problem with it.
This was a m/m erotic romance with some fantasy, mystery, and action thrown in. That's what to expect. It was well written and easy to get into. Personally, I will be buying more from this aithor. Over 500 pgs.
Posted April 4, 2013
This was my first real m/m romance novel, and while I did enjoy it, the story was just ok. The sex scenes were good and I liked that they were in a loving relationship, but listening to all the "love you baby" talk annoyed me after a while. Not sure I will read the next book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 27, 2012
I enjoyed the story although at times I felt it was not very believable. Everything fell into place too easy. The characters were nice guys and overall it was a good story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2012
This is the most entertaining book I have EVER read. Smoking hot sex, passion, drama and an awesome plot. I laughed so much at times that my husband thought I was crazy. AWESOME BOOK!!!! NEED MORE SOON!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Me attire: a dark blue dress tht goes to my knees silver flowers stiched along the edge strapless dark blue high heel boots brown hair brown eyes blue eye shadow red lipstick
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Posted February 25, 2011
Wow, I didn't think this freebie Nookbook offering would be my cup of tea. I was so wrong. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the very well written storylines. J.L. Langley has become another favorite author of mine. I'm almost finished reading With Caution, this books follow up in the series, and I've already purchased the next one due out March 2011. Excellent series and worth the page turning time in deed. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This is one of the most touching and sensual novels I've ever read. The relationship between the two main characters develops quickly and becomes so intense and loving. Their struggles and triumphs getting to know one another, becoming a couple, and coming out to friends and family are very real. The intimate scenes are wild and heated. This book will make you yearn to feel the passion of new love all over again. I was hooked on this book from the second I started reading it. I'm sad to have finished it, as there is so much more of this story left to tell.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It has comedy, romance, drama and I highly recommend it. The relationships in the book are complex and sweet. The chemistry is off the charts. Keaton's reluctance and Chay's understanding prove that it doesn't matter who or why, who you love is who you love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.