Below the Belt by Shea Balik

shea-balik-below-the-belt-cover-sTitle: Below the Belt

Series: Cedar Falls 16

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary, BDSM, Interracial

Length: Novella  

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing (November 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled among the Smokey Mountains, where the people are friendly and the men are hot.

Macon Roxley feared his scars would forever mark him as a risk not worth taking. Tyge Drost used to believe he had all the answers, until he lost someone under his care.

Misunderstandings and past wounds have driven this pair apart despite their undeniable attraction. Can either of them find a way to give love a chance, or will they give up on a future of promised happiness to protect their damaged hearts?

Warning: In typical Cedar Falls fashion, the citizens gather together to interfere through means of kidnapping, handcuffing, and general mischief in order to force Macon and Tyge to see what was right in front of them—love. Enjoy, but you have been warned.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-584-0

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/below-the-belt

Reviewer: Lisa

Review : Each book in the Cedar Falls collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.  

I started reading romance stories at the age of twelve and was always intriqued by the worlds that authors can come up with. Then a few years ago I read my first gay romance and I decided that there was just something about them that I liked more. I, like many, have favorites that we always follow and Shea Balik is one of those authors for me. There is just something about the worlds that she creates that keeps me captivated throughout the whole entire book. So much so that when a new book comes out, I must always start reading the very first book that leads up to this one.

I love how there is a serious tone to it, but that it is equally matched with humor. I can’t stand a book that has no humor in it; I would rather be laughing then just sitting there. I also love how Jesse and the gang try to help the others out, even if it gets them into hot water. There is always lust, love, hot sex and a good amount of danger placed in these stories that keeps my attention as well. 

Macon trusted the wrong Dom and it cost him.  All he wants is to be out of his head, but it leads him into depression which causes him to be close to suicidal.  His friends and family try to help him, but if feels like he is going to suffocate.  Then in walks Tyge and his life goes up in flames.  The problem with Tyge is he is a Dom whose sub committed suicide and he just doesn’t want to deal with it completely.  He is not sure if he can deal with Macon, but he is falling in love with the man. 

I love these stories especially when there are some gorgeous men in some kinky situations. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series that you can’t put down and have to read more than once. It is the perfect story for me and gave me all that I needed. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story.

I had a blast reading it and I can’t wait to read the next story.  Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving and having fun.  

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