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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review: Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson

If you’re a fan of M/M romance then you have to read this one! I have been trying to find a good read for ages and this was it!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: January 4, 2016

Between love and hate, there's a whole lot of trouble...

Chad Lake only showed up at his sister's party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can't resist trying to ruffle the guy's perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie's ready for him, though, and in the end, it's Chad who's left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.

Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad's sister--the same sister who holds Owen's career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man...until Chad's sexy taunts push him too far. There's something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can't seem to stay away...

Bow ties, dapper dicks and nerds galore! I tell you I will never look at bow ties the same way again. *snorts* Okay so I’m having trouble getting my thoughts in order because all I can see are well, what I mentioned at the beginning and it’s not a bad thing at all in the case of Chad and Owen. Okay, taking a deep breath to get the giggles under control.

So since I started reading romance novels again back in 2008 I have not had any luck with M/M romances until now!

Chad’s sense of humor which was a mixture of pervy innuendo, juvenile, and snarky that had me snorting, coughing and just enjoying the heck out of his scenes every time. I don’t think I’ve giggled so hard with a character before and I don’t know if that says something about author Megan Erickson’s talent or about my own sense of humor which is eerily similar to Chad’s. I found myself kind of bonding with Chad through his humor, which only seemed to surface when he was around people he trusted and knew or when he was alone. He’s a restless guy, not sure of what he wants to do with his life but he isn’t a flake or an irresponsible guy with a frat boy mentality.

Then there was the seriously nerdy, bow tie wearing Owen who worked with Chad’s sister Marley at Gamers magazine. I thought this guy was going to be the uptight; no fun counter balance to Chad’s more free spirited ways but Owen was just as much fun, just in a different way. Owen’s humor was slow to emerge and more subtle than Chad but what Owen lacked in obvious charm, he made up for with his steadfast commitment to things and of course, those bow ties!!

Naturally, with opposites like Chad and Owen there’s bound to be explosive chemistry or just… Explosions. These two were so different on the surface that I didn’t think they had anything to build a real, lasting relationship on. As funny as Chad was, he was also a professional flake, he liked to bounce from one job to another, from one situation to the next but he still felt restless and later, lonely. My favorite thing about Chad and Owen was that they both needed something in their lives to balance it out and they found that in each other. Chad needed to become an adult and more grounded while Owen needed to liven up and have more fun.

I was surprised at how short Tied to Trouble was though! It’s under 200 pages but it feels like a full length novel with everything that goes on between the two men. There’s plenty of humor as I mentioned before but there’s also a great chemistry between Chad and Owen from the moment they lock eyes and that is what made me love this story so much. Megan Erickson made Tied to Trouble more than just a story about two men, it was a ROMANCE between two men that was complicated, messy and yes, hot. What set this book apart from other m/m romances was Megan Erickson’s style of writing both characters and the romance. There wasn’t any over the top drama, Chad and Owen didn’t become bad gay cliches and best of all, Tied to Trouble wasn’t told in first person! I got to know both men as they were rather than through someone else’s eyes. It was great!

Final Verdict: I hope that Tied to Trouble won’t be the last m/m romance that Megan Erickson writes because she did such a fabulous job on this one that it would be a shame not to have more. Oh and this book should be considered NSFW since you'll be laughing out loud with some of the scenes.

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