Roughhousing

Roughhousing

by Laura Baumbach

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ISBN-13: 9781608204328
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication date: 09/02/2011
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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"You've got great architectural structure, but I don't see you as the drafting board type. I know I haven't seen you around Dunn and Piper. I'm new, but not that unobservant. I'd have remembered those shoulders of yours."

Bram Lord turned away from the fresh-faced, flirtatious bartender mixing drinks behind the portable mirrored bar. Taking a sip of his drink, he glanced down and to his left in the direction the sharp, slightly mocking, feminine voice had come from. At six foot six plus, Bram had to look down at most people and the petite, rail thin brunette was no exception. He raised one eyebrow and gave the smirking, green-eyed woman a sultry smile of his own.

Wrapped in a skin tight, black cocktail dress with a single strand of white pearls nestled into the tiny valley of her barely there cleavage, the woman stared up at Bram and ran the tip of her tongue over her upper lip in a brazen gesture of seduction.

Holding her stare with his own icy blue gaze, Bram winked at her and said, "Actually, I love drafting boards. They can take a lot of weight and you can adjust them to get the best angle and height when you're working on a special project." Bram's could feel one corner of his mouth quirk slightly. "And having the right angle is so important, wouldn't you say, Ms..."

"Harper. Stella Harper, newest and only female architect to join Dunn and Piper." The woman was attractive in a crisp, predatory way. Her dark brown hair reflected her manners, sharp-edged with a dangerous cut to it. She ran a suggestive finger over the thick muscles prominent under the layers of Bram's dress shirt and dinner jacket. "And you would be..."

"Unavailable, but flattered."He winked at her again and took a sip of his drink, cool gaze never leaving her sultry one.

Stella's smirking lips pursed for a moment before relaxing into something closer to a real smile. A playful twinkle replaced the predatory gleam in her eyes and she dropped her hand from his arm.

"I knew you were too great a catch to be single. I'm always a couple years late or two drinks ahead of everyone else in the room." She turned to face the mingling crowd, leaning against the bar with a dramatic sigh. "All the good ones are taken."

Bram smiled and settled next to her, studying the people talking and laughing in small groups around the Dunn's spacious, elegant living room. He automatically picked out a familiar head of dark curly hair in a group of people surrounding a frail, older, but still beautiful woman in a wheelchair. He sipped his drink and admired the way the man's well-cut trousers clung to lean thighs.

A small light of budding desire warmed him as the man crouched down in front of the wheelchair bound woman to talk with her at her eye level. The thin fabric of his trousers stretched enticingly over the curve of the man's small, firm buttocks. Bram's lover was a shy, attractive young man.

Glancing around at the people surrounding his lover, Bram noticed several other people, both men and women, admiring the same view he was. A burst of possessive pride shot through him and landed in his cock. It stirred and grew, pressing lightly against the silk fabric of his black boxers. Everyone in the room could look at the man, but he knew who James Justin, favored junior architect of Dunn and Piper, was going home with. Tonight and every other night of his life, if Bram had any say in the matter.

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Roughhousing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roughhousing is the sequel to 'A Bit of Rough,' which was EXCELLENT. The sequel is very good, but doesn't quite live up to its predescessor. Here James finally confronts his insecurities about his relationship with Bram, which makes for great drama between the hot sex scenes. Familiar minor characters happily pop back in. In the first book, readers learned that James was disowned by his family after learning he was gay. Only his sister Julie still speaks to him. Before Roughhousing was released, there were a lot of blurbs about a clash between the two people James loves best, Julie and Bram. I was looking forward to that. So, I was a little disappointed there wasn't 'more' to the story when Julie does show up. Her introduction happens very quickly at the end of the book and the reader was left hanging (hopefully for another book). Hence, four stars instead of five. Despite this, I really enjoyed the book and will certainly buy more in this series. If you enjoyed the first book, BUY this one. It was well worth reading.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Roughhousing is the sequel to "A Bit of Rough," which was EXCELLENT. The sequel is very good, but not quite up to its predescessor. Here James finally confronts his insecurities about his relationship with Bram, which makes for great drama between the hot sex scenes. Familiar minor characters happily pop back in. In the first book, readers learned that James was disowned by his family after learning he was gay. Only his sister Julie still speaks to him. Before Roughhousing was released, there were a lot of blurbs about a clash between the two people James loves best, Julie and Bram. I was looking forward to that. So, I was a little disappointed there wasn't "more" to the story when Julie does show up. Her introduction happens very quickly at the end of the book and the reader was left hanging (hopefully for another book). Hence, four stars instead of five. Despite this, I really enjoyed the book and will certainly buy more in this series. If you enjoyed the first book, BUY this one. It was well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these characters. They are perfectly imperfectly and very sexy together. Plus it is an entertaining story with very hot sex scenes!!
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Sally3 More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the best I have ever read. The characters are well developed and I instantly fell in love with them! And the writing is superb! Jamie is looking for a one night stand to get his mind off a work problem, and finds himself in a bar full of leather clad biker boys. After seeing a denim clad Bram from across the room, he is instantly drawn. They find themselves in the alley doing just what Jamie set out to do that evening. I didn't know what to think when I first started reading, and found myself having a bad feeling over Bram's very forward behavior... as did Jamie after their hot alley courting... BUT I was wrong to think such things. Bram is a one of the best characters ever created in book world, he is, and I will quote Jamie on this one..."sinuous muscles in obvious quantities, the small mountain of a man was a poster boy for anyone's wet dreams" but despite his impressive form, he is quite the teddy bear and instantly becomes very protective over Jamie, a little to protective in Jamie's eye's, but Bram has reasons of his own for his actions... a very emotion reason. As for Jamie? the first word that comes to mind when describing him is... scrapper, he never backs down to anything or anyone, wanting so desperately to be able to take care of himself. And those two factors cause some disturbance in the ever so hot and budding relationship. This review has probably done this book no justice, I just HIGHLY recommend you read it yourself. Awesome characters, good storyline, hot and steamy loving... you can't go wrong! especially with a man named Bram Lord... Lord I love that name, best book name I have ever come across!!! There is a sequel, and hopefully will be more!
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